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    Three Uses for Carbon Fiber Rods
    Three Uses for Carbon Fiber Rods
    When using rods as structural components in mechanical assemblies, engineers are typically looking for strong, lightweight materials to provide strength and stability. Rods are basic building blocks for many structures, and carbon fiber rods are replacing steel and aluminum rods because they are lighter and stronger than either material. Here is a closer look at three common uses for carbon fiber rods...
    Carbon Fiber vs Aluminum
    Carbon Fiber vs Aluminum
    Carbon fiber is replacing aluminum in an increasing variety of applications and has been doing so for the last few decades. This article provides a comparison of the properties of carbon fiber versus aluminum, along with some pros and cons of each material.
    What Does Stress, Strain, and Modulus of Elasticity Mean and How Does it Relate to Carbon Fiber?
    What Does Stress, Strain, and Modulus of Elasticity Mean and How Does it Relate to Carbon Fiber?
    Terms like stress, strain and modulus of elasticity are often used when describing characteristics of carbon fiber composites. But what do these terms really mean? We'll explain in this blog post...
    An Introduction to Carbon Fiber Rods
    An Introduction to Carbon Fiber Rods
    Both hobbyists and professionals find carbon fiber rods to be useful building blocks for any number of structures. Because carbon fiber is so rigid, carbon fiber rods are an excellent choice for any application where stiffness and lightness are important.
    Important Things to Look for When Researching Carbon Fiber Sheets
    Important Things to Look for When Researching Carbon Fiber Sheets
    Carbon fiber sheets have many uses, from making lightweight fixtures and robotic end of arm tooling (EOAT), to inspection fixtures that are dimensionally stable with temperature variations, to UAV components and much more. With such a wide variety of ways that one can use carbon fiber sheets, it is important to understand what to look for when researching their purchase.
    Carbon Fiber 101: What do Isotropic, Quasi-Isotropic, and Anisotropic Mean?
    Carbon Fiber 101: What do Isotropic, Quasi-Isotropic, and Anisotropic Mean?
    When working with carbon fiber, which is known for its remarkable strength and stiffness to weight ratio, one needs to understand how fiber orientation factors into the strength and stiffness of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminate. Read more about isotropic, quasi-isotropic, and anisotropic orientations.
    Why is Carbon Fiber Preferred for Aircraft Bodies?
    Why is Carbon Fiber Preferred for Aircraft Bodies?
    With the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 XWB leading the way, commercial airlines are progressively making greater use of carbon fiber composites to build aircraft bodies. Because carbon fiber is stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and can be molded into virtually any shape; it’s no wonder that aerospace engineers design their dream planes with carbon fiber composite structural materials. Read More...
    How Carbon Fiber D-Tubes Affect Musical Instrument Tone
    How Carbon Fiber D-Tubes Affect Musical Instrument Tone
    Carbon Fiber D-Tube Neck Beams™ were specifically designed to stabilize the necks of stringed musical instruments. When a carbon fiber D-tube is installed in a guitar neck, both bending and torsional stiffness of the neck are increased, while neck weight and vibration damping are decreased. What surprised us was that many luthiers and their customers told us that the “D” tube installation improved the tone of the instrument. Learn More...
    How to Connect Carbon Fiber Tubes
    How to Connect Carbon Fiber Tubes
    There are several ways to connect carbon fiber tubes, but some are structurally more preferable. Some carbon fiber tube manufacturers connect tubes by drilling into them and pinning or bolting them, but that is not a recommended method as it compromises the tube wall and weakens the tube. It is better to use DragonPlate carbon fiber tube connectors specifically designed for that purpose. There are several available. Learn more...
    An Overview of Epoxy Resins
    An Overview of Epoxy Resins
    Epoxy resins are known for high performance. They are the building blocks for adhesives, coatings, reinforced plastics, and composite materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber, which remain intact under intense conditions. When properly cured, epoxy resins offer a number of desirable characteristics. Learn more...