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Learning to fabricate with Carbon Fibre?

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' started by removed-6, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Does anyone know if there are courses that teach you how to work with Carbon Fibre to make stuff????? (in Melb)

  2. try looking for tafe courses in fabrication. its a pretty specialised skill.
  3. can you fibreglass to a professional standard? start with that first, seriously. if you lay down CF poorly you've just wasted a lot of time and money. if you are an expert fibreglasser...

    a) you'll have plenty of work
    b) you'll transistion to CF quite easily
  4. ok here is my one and only link on CF...


    its old but ther is a lot of information google.com on vacume bag technique prety interesting results...
  5. CF is very very expensive andvery very difficult to work with, especialy if the design is complex and has to have some strenght and look good.
  6. I did a 2 week course on carbon fibre production about 6 years ago as part of my trade training at padstow tafe. Definately not a skill you can just pick up, it requires alot of practise and the right gear which is very expensive. Rolls of pre-preg carbon fibre which u use for vaccum bagging run into the thousands of dollars....

  7. most of the bagging work i've read has been simple layup with standard cf + resin and a vacume pump arrangement... wet and dry the bumps and crap off and clear coat...

    but I havent tried it No funds...
  8. There are two distinct approaches with CF.

    Wet layup, (rag and resin) is done much the same as fibreglass. It can be bagged to help pull out XS resin and air bubbles

    Pre-preg, resin is already in the cloth. Here you need specialist equipment to 'cook' the parts, autoclave and vac.

    You can produce good looking parts with careful wet layup if all you are after is the look. For fair dinkum max strength/weight ratio stuff prepreg is the way to go.
  9. Wow, I thought this question had died a 'no response' death, thanks for the replies guys. I think I've found someone local who does it, now to convince them to let me watch and learn.
  10. You'd definitely be going the wet layup route if doing a home job. Itg's really no harder than normal fibreglass laminating, but you must use epoxy resin, which costs more than normal polyester, but is ultimately stronger and more flexible.
    Any good custom boat builder wil have carbon (and Kevlar- sexy!) cloth on hand, and you should be able to buy a metre or less for whatever project you have in mind.
    FOr a really good look with carbon (or any other laminating of one off parts, ie no female mould), you need to buy and use peel ply over the top of it. What this does, is leave a very fine surface finish, as the peel ply draws up and levels the laminate, and is peeled off after the layup has cured. The peel ply alomst leaves a ready to paint finish, needing light sanding to get it truly flat.
    Moulds can be made from existing plastic work to lay up carbon in as well, and in this case you merely lay teh carbon into the mould with resin as per normal laminating, but as noted above, the coarser carbon fibres can be a bugegr to get into tight corners, which is one reason that in high production work, it is heat moulded/cured- it can be pressed in a mould, which forces everything into shape. If you really want to cheat, you could just lay up some carbon over existing plastics....
    Another option if you want a carbon look without the hassle or $$$ , is to use one of the carbon fibre look upholstery vinyls. This is also available in tonneau cover material weight, and also there is a checker plate finish available, which is dead sexy!

    Regards, Andrew.
  11. when you work out how, can u make me a new front wheel guard... stupid disc locks :p