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how to work with carbon fiber?



automd4 years ago
Carbon fiber is stronger and tougher to deal with than fiberglass. It could be difficult especially if you're not used to it yet. But there are many reliable manuals that you can refer to.
Re-design4 years ago
You can work with it alot like working with fiberglass.

But you have to treat it like it was asbestos or arsonic or plutonium.  It's nasty stuff if you get the fibers in your skin, it works it's way deeper.  Much worst than fiberglass.  It's serious if you breath the dust of fibers in your lungs.  Very bad stuff.

If you stress it to the point of breaking it doesn't just snap it explodes.  I broke a carbon fiber bow and it just shredded violently.

Becareful and do some more research before you do what ever it is that you're going to do.
There are a few instructables that deal with carbon fiber. Here's one of them:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-I-built-a-carbon-bike-frame-at-home-and-a-bam/
Kryptonite4 years ago
Well that would depend on what you're going to do with it. For glue, then industrial strength hot glue is a favourite of mine for when I made my mouse trap racer. Super glue and most other glues that aren't for paper or cardboard would work.

When cutting, ALWAYS wear a dust mask, large gloves, long sleaves and eye protection. The "fiber" bit in the word is the dangerous part, because when it gets into your skin it can cause a lot of pain, and can be lethal if you get a largish splinter in you.

Using a wet hacksaw blade is the best option, because it keeps fiber dust levels down and cuts relatively fast.

Best option would be to ask some one who has done it a fair bit before, I personally have only done it on a very small scale operation.