Fibacore is a metal matrix composite with the fibre in the form of a true-3D woven preform. The material provides exceptional, tailorable mechanical properties in lightweight cast components at an attractive price, offering weight reduction and performance improvement for a whole range of engineering components across a multitude of industrial sectors. Aluminium Fibacore utilises an aluminium matrix with an alumina preform. It brings together two innovative technologies 3D weaving and fast cycle casting to reduce component cost. Fibre, woven in a unique process that produces a true 3D structure, is infiltrated with molten aluminium using a patented process. By varying the weave design and fibre concentrations in the X, Y and Z directions, specific mechanical properties can be generated to match the requirements of the component design. The preform can be in sheet form, or a complex shape such as a T or I-beam to further enhance the strength and stiffness of the final component.