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