The four fundamental materials in the super-lite bipod are as follows;
• Stainless steel 316 (1.4401)
• Aluminium 7075-T7351
• N52 Neodymium (NdFeB) magnets
The four materials ensure a very light and corrosion resistant product, and materials that can be post-processed to very high cosmetic-quality.
Stainless steel S316 is a marine-grade austenitic stainless steel which means it has a very high resistance to corrosion.
Aluminium grade AL7075-T7351 is aerospace quality aluminium, and one of the highest strength aluminium alloys available, with a 45% higher yield strength that austenitic stainless steels.
Carbon-fibre is exceptionally light material, almost as light as any plastic, but immensely stronger and stiffer. The weight of carbon-fibre is between 51 and 62% that of aluminium.
N52 is presently the most powerful grade of Neodymium. This material has been selected to realise bespoke ultra-high accuracy magnets to optimise the compact design and assembly of the bipod.
The corrosion resistance of the product is extremely important to guarantee the long-life of the bipod, and continue to offer the customer the highest-quality product.
The aluminium is protected by hard black anodising. This is a very robust and durable surface treatment, and arguably the best surface treatment possible for aluminium. This coating is harder than tool steel, with hardness of 65 Rockwell C, which compares to 52/55 Rockwell C used for injection mould tools where hardness is required for dimensional stability combined with longevity.
The adhesion of this surface treatment is guaranteed because the coating thickness of 0.02mm is split 2/3 inside the substrate material, and 1/3 outside, so an excellent chemical bond.
Combined with roughening of the aluminium substrate, hard black anodising provides an outstandingly high-quality cosmetic finish.
Engineering Excellence – Near Uncompromised Quality
It is regarded that the quality of the bipod is close to the best possible, through design, exceptional dimensional accuracy and repeatability, material properties and quality control, all in-line with the best-in-class from the aerospace industry.