Marine

Structurally Sound

3A’s Hybrid Core Concept

Have you ever thought how challenging and varied boat constructions are? They involve diverse functional components that required specifically tailored core solutions for each part. Since 1940, BALTEK® “Balsa Technology” has been the world’s leading producer of balsa for industry and marine solutions. Today 3A’s Hybrid Core Concept focuses on using a variety of specialized products to continue our legacy of making boats faster, lighter, and stronger.

With multiple US production sites we provide customers with labor saving solutions through specialized configurations, custom sheet sizes and excellent finished profiles. Whatever the goal, 3A Core Materials will give our customers the best solutions and technical support. Read on to learn how sandwich construction with the broad range of AIREX®, BALTEK® & Lantor core materials gives architects, designers & engineers the “right tool for the right job.”

Advantages of our core materials

The design requirements of marine laminates are as diverse as the variety of vessel types. What is necessary to produce dozens of bass boats or center consoles each week is quite different than the design and manufacture of a racing boat or mega-yacht. 21st century design and manufacturing desires the following

  • Higher performance, more speed, better fuel economy, more payload > lower weight
  • Safer > more strength
  • Durability > no water absorption, greater fatigue, damage tolerance
  • Less labor, shorter cycle times > Lower cost
  • Design flexibility, multi-fuctional FRP laminates
  • More sustainable

Right core material for the right place

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References

Innovation Yachts - BALTEK® SBC

Innovation Yachts - BALTEK® SBC

iCat, USA - AIREX® T92

iCat, USA - AIREX® T92

Agena Taxi Catamaran, Croatia - AIREX® T92

Agena Taxi Catamaran, Croatia - AIREX® T92

IBBI, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB, SBC

IBBI, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB, SBC

Scout Boats, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB

Scout Boats, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB

Sino Eagle Yacht Co. Ltd., China - AIREX® C70, BALTEK® SB

Sino Eagle Yacht Co. Ltd., China - AIREX® C70, BALTEK® SB

Innovation Yachts - BALTEK® SBC

Innovation Yachts - BALTEK® SBC

BALTEK® SBC – FSC Plantation Controlled Structural balsa


Application

  • Custom-built sailing yachts with BALTEK® SBC.50

Processing

  • Vacuum infusion

Benefits

  • Excellent product performance
  • Best-in-class balsa from carbon-neutral production
iCat, USA - AIREX® T92

iCat, USA - AIREX® T92

AIREX® T92 – Structural and Sustainable


Application

  • Catamaran components sandwiched with AIREX® T92 – hull, deck, roof

Processing

  • Vacuum infusion

Benefits

  • Sustainability
  • Weight reduction
  • Cost efficiency
  • Easy processing with FlexiCut
Agena Taxi Catamaran, Croatia - AIREX® T92

Agena Taxi Catamaran, Croatia - AIREX® T92

AIREX® T92 – Structural and Sustainable


Application

  • AIREX® T92 for ultra-performance and sustainability on Taxi Catamaran

Processing

  • Vacuum infusion

Benefits

  • Excellent compression strength
  • Superior shear modulus
  • Outstanding fatigue resistance properties
  • Global availability
  • Extra value for sustainability
IBBI, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB, SBC

IBBI, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB, SBC

AIREX® T92 – Structural and Sustainable
BALTEK® SB – Select Grade Structural Balsa
BALTEK® SBC – FSC
Plantation controlled structural Balsa


Application

  • AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB, BALTEK® SBC series for different boats

Benefits

  • Excellent product quality
  • Outstanding fatigue resistance properties
  • Environmentally friendly products
  • Support and in-house testing by 3A Composites Core Materials
  • Global availability
Scout Boats, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB

Scout Boats, USA - AIREX® T92, BALTEK® SB

AIREX® T92 – Structural and Sustainable
BALTEK® SB – Select Grade Structural Balsa


Application

  • AIREX® T92.320 and BALTEK® SB.100 for 390 and other express models up to 60’

Processing

  • Vacuum infusion

Benefits

  • 3A Composites Hybrid Core Concept makes optimized use of each material
  • Excellent product quality
  • Outstanding fatigue resistance properties
  • Environmentally friendly products
  • Support and in-house testing by 3A Composites Core Materials
  • Global availability
Sino Eagle Yacht Co. Ltd., China - AIREX® C70, BALTEK® SB

Sino Eagle Yacht Co. Ltd., China - AIREX® C70, BALTEK® SB

AIREX® C70 – High Specific Properties
BALTEK® SB –
Select Grade Structural Balsa


Application

  • Yachts with AIREX® C70.75 and BALTEK® SB.100

Processing

  • Vacuum infusion

Benefits

  • 3A Composites Hybrid Core Concept makes optimized use of each material
  • Energy saving (lightweight)
  • Product quality and properties
  • Technical support from 3A Composites (China) Ltd.

Additional information

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