Why Use Carbon Fiber?
High Strength & Stiffness
Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) has the highest specific strength and modulus (stiffness) per density compared to metal, plastic and wood. (Fig. 1)
Resistance to Corrosion & Chemicals
The epoxy resin is inert and not susceptible to corrosion or rust, and the carbon bonds in the fibers are extremely strong and resistant to oxidization.
Fig. 1. Comparison of specific strength and modulus values for CFRP, metal, wood and plastic.
Fig. 2. Global carbon fiber market share by volume demand for different industries, 2016 (%)
Common Carbon Fiber Applications
Much of the early development for carbon fiber reinforced polymers was done for the United States Air Force who was looking to create "a new generation of stiff, high strength composites for rocket nozzles, missile nose tips and aircraft structures."(acs.org) As development continued other industries started to take notice. The Aerospace and Defense industry continues to use the most CFRP. While industrial applications, such wind turbines, and the automotive industry are using more and more each year (Fig 2). Sports equipment is another industry that is incorporating CFRP into more and more of their products.
We see carbon fiber expanding into many different industries and products, especially as it becomes more affordable. Below we have listed some application segments where we see carbon fiber as having great potential. We want to help bring carbon fiber to new industries, markets and products by making it more available and affordable, while also doing something good for the environment.
Drones - Carbon fiber is great for the chassis parts and rotor arms whether for racing, recreational or industrial drones.
Watersports - Can be used for a wide range of applications from dive fins to kayak accessories and boat instrument panels and trim.
Robotics - Carbon fiber is thin, light and strong, which is perfect for robotic parts large and small, whether structural or not. It can also work well for covers or enclosures.
Transportation - Whether you want to save weight or add some style to your car, truck, ATV, motorcycle or scooter, carbon fiber can serve many different purposes.
Musical Instruments - Carbon fiber has unique tonal qualities and can be used for drum shells or face plates on a Cajon. Or it can add a high tech look, like a pick guard other accents or trim.
Office - Carbon fiber looks great as a desk top or a conference table. It can also be used for shelving, storage or desk dividers. Our glossy finish makes for a unique dry-erase board.