Carbon Composites

Carbon Composites

Carbon fiber or CF, is a material consisting of extremely thin fibers about 0.005–0.010 mm in diameter and composed of carbon atoms.

  • The carbon atoms are bonded together in microscopic crystals that are aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber.
  • The crystal alignment makes the fiber very strong for its size.
  • Several thousand carbon fibers are twisted together to form a yarn and woven into a fabric.
  • Fabrics are available in many different weave patterns and are combined with a plastic resin (matrix) to create the pre-preg.
  • Carbon pre-pregs are molded to form and cured in an autoclave at exposed temperature and under vacuum.

Carbon composite components provide a high strength-to-weight ratio material, making them ideal for applications requiring low weight.

The following slider gives an impression of the steps required to produce a carbon part:

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  1. Positive pattern to produce a negative carbon tooling
  2. Lamination of the carbon tooling
  3. Bringing all tools together to laminate the final part
  4. Final part ready to be machined and assembled.

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