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Unread 12-11-2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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Default Collection of composite information and guides (Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass)

Since we don't have specific collection of composites I will start one.

This is some good info for those that are curious. It seems that every time I find a really good composite method or tutorial the link goes down, so a collection will be nice as a reference for myself as well.

For the inevitable question about "Dry" and "Wet" Carbon Fiber.

Dry carbon is pre-impregnated with a resin and baked under high pressure and high temperature in an autoclave to achieve a final product. This is a specialized and often very expensive process. Dry carbon is often 10 times or more the cost of wet layup CF.

Wet carbon fiber is much more common and uses brushed, rolled, or vacuum infused resin to harden the Carbon cloth and give it substance.

You yourself can make carbon fiber parts if you put forth the effort to. You can make them in your basement, your garage, or even in the back of a greyhound bus if you have a long enough drive and good ventilation. It is not wizardry.

Where I purchase my CF supplies from - US Composites.

Some of my favorites. All of these videos deserve a watch.

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A very good beginner introduction to making your first wet layup part.




Resources and tutorials:


A great starting point for more info.
Composites central forum.

Car craft article. Great for the beginning CF guru.

A simple guide showing how to make a carbon composite tube. In this case, a charge pipe for a Honda. Very sweet.
http://www.vaglinks.com/Docs/Misc/CarbonFiberHowTo2.pdf

Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials book. Available at low cost on Amazon.
Amazon.com: Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials: A Guide to High Performance Non-Metallic Materials for Race Cars, Street Rods, Body Shops, Boats, and Aircraft. (9781557884985): Forbes Aird: Books Amazon.com: Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials: A Guide to High Performance Non-Metallic Materials for Race Cars, Street Rods, Body Shops, Boats, and Aircraft. (9781557884985): Forbes Aird: Books

Vacuum bagging. This is typically for those already comfortable with wet layup.

CarbonfiberDIY.com

A very good video showing some of the details of wet layup vacuum bagging.


A slightly more complicated take on the vacuum process. Infusion of the resin.


I am neither a professional in the business of composites nor an engineer. The information I have on the subject has been gathered online and learned through several great composite books.

If you have any questions feel free to PM me. There are no stupid questions and I am not going to scold you for asking something that is obvious to me.
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A good picture showing the basics of making a simple female mold from a current part. This is the way you could take a current hood scoop in this case and make a mold to allow you to make copies.



A good video showing how you make a mold for making duplicate parts from a current part (They call the current part a plug).

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Again for good luck.
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Sweet. Should be a good thread!
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so you're saying I could make my laptop case out of CF and it might not crack so often?
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I could make my doors and bedskins out of the stuff myself and remove half a ton from my curb weight?


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I wouldn't go so far as to use carbon fiber, but i've been considering ways to lose some of the 4200 pound curb weight on the Blazer.

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I'm glad you made this.I have been interested myself lately as the only people doing Carbon parts for the GTO or either over priced or poor quality. I'm really interest in a few key pieces.
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We've got a guy on our snow mobile team that has been slowly remaking all of our body panels out of vacuum infused cf. Its really sweet to watch him work and the final results are amazing. We've shed an additional 15 pounds on our sled by making the switch from hardened plastic panels
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