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    Grease Monkey matt swindell's Avatar
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    Help with carbon fiber

    hey guys, i didnt know where else to ask this, so here goes. i was at the local co-op today and i got some "spokes" from a carbon fiber wheel, and i want to make something out of them, does anyone know if it is possible to bend these "spokes", and if so how? thanks alot! matt

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    doesnt anyone know how to work with already "sealed" carbon fiber?

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    Are you talking about pre-preg carbon fibre, or carbon fibre that's already set (dry)? Cured carbon fibre isn't going to bend much before it shatters...

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    thats the answer i was looking to here, i figured as much, but i didnt know if i heated it or something if it would

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt swindell
    thats the answer i was looking to here, i figured as much, but i didnt know if i heated it or something if it would
    You can burn it...

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    carbon fiber!=ductile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo
    carbon fiber!=ductile
    how do you figure? or are you talking about before it is sealed?

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    it's not ductile. brittle, hence the catastropihic failure mode without deformation beforehand.
    perhaps you didn't catch the meaning of the ! in front of the =.

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    make a christmas ornament, not much else you can do. Carbon is not like steel

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