Available in cloth, sheet, or tape form, carbon fiber cloth is an extremely light, strong, composite material. Ask anyone at NASA and they will surely agree that carbon fiber material is the material of the future. It is extremely strong for its weight, making it the base for nearly every high performance sailboat out there. From the Olympics to "the Race," carbon is showing up all over: masts, hulls, poles and even battens. We offer precut woven cloth, which is easy to add as a patch for a carbon repair or to make a complete project out of it. Use carbon fiber with epoxy or polyester, as it is an effective reinforcing material for composites. Used in many high performance applications, carbon fiber is appealing because it is strong without adding significant weight. Carbon fiber is high modulus and stiffness, with a high stiffness ratio; achieves the stiffness of metal at substantial weight savings, high strength-to-weight ratio, is thermally and electrically conductive, and has a very low coefficient of thermal expansion. We have precut woven carbon fiber sheets in several styles (plain weave, unidirectional, twill) in many sizes to fit different needs.
Carbon Fiber Tape is available in unidirectional weave. Adds little weight or thickness while improving compression & tensile strength. Fibers are laid out longitudinally. Can best even steel in terms of tensile strength.
Other attractive properties are inherent in carbon fiber. It is thermally and electrically conductive, has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, in addition its high strength to low weight ratio and stiffness ratio. All carbon products we sell are dry woven. None are pre-preg.
Plain weave carbon fiber is the most commonly used type for lightweight aerodynamic parts and general boat building parts. Only three layers are typically necessary to produce non-structural pieces. It wets out quickly and handles easily.
Twill weave carbon fiber has an attractive pattern that gives a 3-dimensional appearance. Twill weave is more easily drapable than plain fabric, yet more delicate.
Unidirectional carbon fiber features graphite and a cloth thread securing it. Unidirectional is useful for areas requiring strength in only one direction. It can also be overlapped at a +/- 45 degree angle for added strength .
***The 50 in. 5.8 oz. 3k Twill Weave, the 12 in. 3k and 12 in. 12k Unidirectional Cloth have extended lead times***