Outdoor Products and Sports

Unmatched Performance from Sahara to Siberia.

Whether blistering heat or frigid cold, HX5™ was engineered to survive. Tested and proven against the most extreme environments known to man, HX5 ensures reliable performance and greater part lifespan regardless of the elements.

Outdoor Products and Sports

Unmatched Performance from Sahara to Siberia.

Whether blistering heat or frigid cold, HX5™ was engineered to survive. Tested and proven against the most extreme environments known to man, HX5 ensures reliable performance and greater part lifespan regardless of the elements.

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composite materials in aircraft

Originally developed to replace aerospace-grade aluminum on helicopters and jet fighters, HX5 is a groundbreaking nanocomposite material that ensures a lighter, stronger, more durable build—no matter the application.

electronic enclosure materials

Originally developed to replace aerospace-grade aluminum on helicopters and jet fighters, HX5 is a groundbreaking nanocomposite material that ensures a lighter, stronger, more durable build—no matter the application.

HX5

Dare to Build to the Extreme.

HX5 is an advanced lightweighting material that is not only comparable to aluminum in strength but has been engineered to thrive in any environment. From marine parts, scopes, binoculars and firearms applications to side by sides/quads, snowmobiles, bicycles and motor sports racing components, HX5’s unmatchable durability and unique versatility make it the perfect material for outdoor products and sports.

50%

lighter than 6061 (T6) aluminum.

50-90

90%

the strength of 6061 (T6) aluminum.

50%

lighter than 6061 (T6) aluminum.

90%

the strength of 6061 (T6) aluminum.

aircraft composites
aircraft cabin interiors

Stronger

in colder environments.

aerospace composite companies
Faster - outdoor

Significantly Faster

to manufacture than machined aluminum. Production time is reduced from months to days.

aerospace composite companies
aircraft interiors aerospace technology

Stronger

in colder environments.

Outperforms

aluminum components with extraordinary resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion.

Outperforms
composites usage in aircraft

Significantly Faster

to manufacture than machined aluminum. Production time is reduced from months to days.

Outperforms

Outperforms

aluminum components with extraordinary resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion.

HX5

AT A GLANCE

$50M+  &  8 YEARS

invested in the R&D of HX5

Resistant

to galvanic corrosion, abrasion, fuel
solvents and chemicals (including DEET)

Stronger

in colder environments

Low Thermal

conductivity

Analysis of HX5 shows significant weight reduction, much greater resistance to extreme environmental conditions, performance improvements and speed-to-market advantages for a wide range of outdoor products and sports applications.

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

HX5 has 90% the strength AND near 50% the density of 6061 T6 aluminum

Mechanical Properties ASTM HX5 (73˚F) 6061 T6 (73˚F)
Tensile Strength, (Ksi) D638 38.2 40
Density, (lbs./ft3) D792 89 169
Specific Strength, (lb/in2)/(lb/in3)​ 741,700 410,300

THERMAL PROPERTIES

HX5 is dimensionally stable at elevated temperatures

Thermal Properties ASTM HX5 6061 T6
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, (L/L/°F) E 831 2.11 X 10-6 13.1 X 10-6

ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY

HX5 is engineered to survive

  • Meets rigorous DoD guidelines for flame, smoke, and toxicity

  • Extremely resistant to solvents, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals

  • Satisfies NASA spacecraft limits on outgassing and radiation resistance stability (doesn’t degrade in space)

  • High temperature capable

  • Passed accelerated lifetime thermal cycling and high-temperature thermal stability

  • Galvanic corrosion resistant

MANUFACTURABILITY

Engineered to be versatile

  • Drop-in material for many injection molding operations

  • Low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability (0.5% vs. 2.0%)

  • Enables part consolidation into a single molded component

  • Compatible with metallic insert molding operations for multifunction products

  • One material formulation compatible with many manufacturing operations:

    • Injection molding
    • Profile extrusion
    • Compression molding
    • Thermoforming

SECONDARY OPERATIONS

HX5 is engineered to process like a metal

  • Machines like aluminum without chipping, cracking, galling or gumming

  • Drills and threads like metal

  • Unlike most solvent resistant materials, can be coated, primed, plated and adhesively bonded

  • Can be metallized to meet EMI shielding requirements

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

HX5 has 90% the strength AND 50% the weight of 6061 T6 aluminum

Mechanical Properties ASTM HX5 (73˚F) 6061 T6 (73˚F)
Tensile Strength, (Ksi) D638 38.2 40
Density, (lbs./ft3) D792 89 169
Specific Strength, (in) 741,700 410,300

THERMAL PROPERTIES

HX5 is dimensionally stable at elevated temperatures

Thermal Properties ASTM HX5 6061 T6
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, (L/L/°F) E 831 2.11 X 10-6 13.1 X 10-6

ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY

HX5 is engineered to survive

  • Meets rigorous DoD guidelines for flame, smoke, and toxicity

  • Extremely resistant to solvents, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals

  • Satisfies NASA spacecraft limits on outgassing and radiation resistance stability (doesn’t degrade in space)

  • High temperature capable

  • Passed accelerated lifetime thermal cycling and high-temperature thermal stability

  • Galvanic corrosion resistant

MANUFACTURABILITY

Engineered to be versatile

  • Drop-in material for many injection molding operations

  • Low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability (0.5% vs. 2.0%)

  • Enables part consolidation into a single molded component

  • Compatible with metallic insert molding operations for multifunction products

  • One material formulation compatible with many manufacturing operations:

    • Injection molding
    • Profile extrusion
    • Compression molding
    • Thermoforming

SECONDARY OPERATIONS

HX5 is engineered to process like a metal

  • Machines like aluminum without chipping, cracking, galling or gumming

  • Drills and threads like metal

  • Unlike most solvent resistant materials, can be coated, primed, plated and adhesively bonded

  • Can be metallized to meet EMI shielding requirements

HX5: Case Studies

Missile Bracket

  • Significant product cycle time reduction (min/part)

  • No post-processing or chemical surface

  • Simplification of supply chain

Testimonials

I’ve been searching for new materials to advance our innovative concepts in the aerospace interiors market for some time. HX5 allows us to create cutting edge lightweight designs that are a game changer for the industry.

Adam White, Factorydesign

We are bringing revolutionary technology to the commercial sector that will significantly address the greenhouse gas concerns encountered by the aerospace industry. Our target is to reduce carbon emissions of a commercial single-aisle passenger plane by over 600,000 lbs. per year.

Joe D’Cruz, Catalyze Dallas

HX5 was designed to weigh 50% less than aerospace-grade aluminum, without loss of the strength, performance or environmental durability required in aerospace and defense applications.

Dr. Slade Gardner, Former Fellow at both Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center and Skunk Works®, and Chief Technical Advisor To Alpine Advanced Materials

It’s great to see this special innovation that was purpose-built for Lockheed military programs become available for light-weighting programs across many industries. I can see broad application potential not only in commercial aerospace and rotorcraft but also in general transportation, energy and in the broader defense market.

Rob Weiss, Recently retired President of Skunk Works® and EVP of Lockheed Martin, and member of Alpine’s Board of Advisors

HX5: Case Studies

Missile Bracket

  • Significant product cycle time reduction (min/part)

  • No post-processing or chemical surface

  • Simplification of supply chain

Testimonials

I’ve been searching for new materials to advance our innovative concepts in the aerospace interiors market for some time. HX5 allows us to create cutting edge lightweight designs that are a game changer for the industry.

Adam White, Factorydesign

We are bringing revolutionary technology to the commercial sector that will significantly address the greenhouse gas concerns encountered by the aerospace industry. Our target is to reduce carbon emissions of a commercial single-aisle passenger plane by over 600,000 lbs. per year.

Joe D’Cruz, Catalyze Dallas