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Who's familiar with & been using "carbon fiber" materials...?

June 18 2017 at 7:02 PM

MobyMyster   (Login MobyMyster)
AR&P

Wraps, tapes, etc, brands to stay away from, tips & tricks.

Much appreciated...

TIA

Moby

 
    
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theotherpursuit
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YF

Re: Who's familiar with & been using "carbon fiber" materials...?

June 18 2017, 9:01 PM 

Rockwest has quality stuff. I have purchased some tubes from them and sold off the left over lengths I didn't need.

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Jacketch
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YF12

Learn as much as you can about...

June 18 2017, 9:02 PM 

Epoxy, vacuum and degassing.

 
    

Joe B.
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YC

I'll second what has already been said

June 18 2017, 9:50 PM 

Rockwest Composites is a good company and they have good staff. Another one we use frequently is Composite Envisions. Fibreglast is another composites distributor. Their prices are usually a bit higher but they get things out quickly.

If you're asking about making parts the easiest and cheapest way is doing a hand layup. We've switched from hand layups to VARTM and have seen an increase in part strength while bringing down the weight. It is a lot trickier to get right and requires more setup. Depending on what your application is it may be worth trying.
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Paul in Zhills
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YF

Check out Ebay

June 19 2017, 1:04 PM 

A lot of CF products are sold on Ebay and comes from China. Much of it is used for model helicopters and quadcopters (drones). I bought some tubing to sleeve an airgun barrel and was quite satisfied with the products. It's as good as I've seen.

 
    

David Enoch
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YF

Try golf club shafts at the thrift stores

June 19 2017, 3:37 PM 

Some guys have posted hear about buying carbon fiber shafted golf clubs at the thrift store for cheap. The tapered shaft is a good look too.

David Enoch

 
    
Calin Brabandt
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YF12

I've made a bunch of airplane and motorcycle parts

June 19 2017, 4:03 PM 

out of carbon fiber. I've not shopped for supplies lately but I recommend the homebuilt aircraft suppliers. I've mostly ordered from Aircraft Spruce and Wicks but, again, I don't know what they carry, ATM:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=homebuilt+aircraft+supplies&ia=web




 
    
 
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