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Posts by Peter Latteier

Introducing Carbon Fiber Connectors for T Slot Aluminum Extrusions

Carbon Fiber T Slot connector

Elevated Materials is launching a made-to-order program for carbon fiber connectors for T slot and 80/20 aluminum framing extrusions. T slot (or T track or 80/20) aluminum framing is very popular for it’s versatility. Many people consider it to be the modern equivalent of an erector set for adults, you can get all different sizes and lengths…

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Carbon Fiber Weaves: What they are and why to use them

Carbon fiber sheet Plain weave Checker weave Twill weave

If you have ever wondered why one piece of carbon fiber might look different from another piece of carbon fiber, you’re not alone. Carbon fiber comes in many different weaves and each one serves a different purpose, and it isn’t just cosmetic. Carbon fibers are made from precursors such as polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and rayon. The…

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Advantages and Cost Factors Of Composite Materials

Written by Cliff Lester, under the supervision of Dr. Steven R. Nutt, this white paper provides an overview of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP, or carbon fiber) and looks at the advantages when compared to other materials, such as wood or metal, as well as cost factors associated with manufacturing carbon fiber parts. Cliff Lester…

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What Is Carbon Fiber? Composites 101: Fibers and Resins

What is carbon fiber? It is praised for it strength to weight ratio, and it is used in products such as rockets, race cars, bicycles and sunglasses. But what is carbon fiber reinforced plastic? has a great article on this exact topic (posted on 3/14/2016). The following is an excerpt, click the link at the…

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Best Methods for Countersinking Holes in Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber looks great, but it is tricky to work with. We have posted articles previously on how to drill holes and cut carbon fiber with readily available tools (here and here), and now in this post we will cover countersinking, because you don’t want ugly hardware heads ruining the look of your cool new…

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The Good, Better and Best Ways to Drill Carbon Fiber

If you don’t have the right tools and knowledge, drilling carbon fiber is a difficult task that will results in bad parts and ruined tools. In this post we will go over the good, better and best ways to drill carbon fiber and not ruin your parts or tools. Safety First – Use Protection Carbon…

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4 Best Methods for Cutting Carbon Fiber by Hand

Cutting carbon fiber can be a difficult task without the right equipment. This post will help you cut your carbon fiber parts with low cost tools (some that you may already have in your garage), and do it without messing up the carbon fiber sheet you just bought. Saftey First – Use Protection Carbon fiber…

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