Hi, I've been researching a lot into constructing a carbon road frame using the Damon Rinard and Brano Meres techniques. Trouble is, I'm interested in doing it 'on the cheap'. Cheap carbon....right.
Anyway, I've been looking at the major suppliers that I'm aware of (aircraft spruce, Jamestown Distributors, fibreglast.com). I know that prices are high because of the huge aerospace demand (and ordering small quantities) but I was wondering if anyone knew where to get discount carbon fabric....it could be in smallish cutoffs, roll ends, 2nd quality, etc. Maybe you know a boatbuilding company or other composites manufacturer that throws out its scrap fabric.
I'd really appreciate if anyone had an insight into obtaining suitable cloth for under $40 a yard. I was mostly looking for a standard 3k plain weave or twill but unidirectional might be nice too.
I'm also just interested to know if anyone on here has recently built a carbon frame at home.
Hm...any objections if I sent this over to some friends at the 405th and the 501st/Rebel Legion? They're costuming clubs for the Halo and Star Wars franchises, respectively. I know of some people who like making their own armor out of fiberglass, and this might be a cool extension of that.