What You Should Know When Working With carbon Fiber Sheets

by Donald Elliott Blogger
Also called as graphite, carbon fiber is a great product that is renowned for its lightweight and robust properties. In the recent years, adoption of carbon in different industries have become more widespread, including automobiles, aerospace, sporting goods and much more. The reason being its characteristic of producing a strong finished product that is compact and light also. And this is done by forming composites, combining carbon fiber with resin.

When you are looking to craft an industrial or a specific product that is light and rigid, using carbon fiber can be the ideal solution for you. Working with carbon fiber sheets for your project needs to be taken with full knowledge and so we have appended below some needful tips to help you get on with your project with the right approach:

Cutting Sheets

To cut sheets, you can take from any standard cutting tool including razor knives and scissors (for thin sheets), along with dremel tools and cutting wheels. If you are cutting layers of sheets, it is better to use diamond crusted or carbide tools. Remember, the standards steel cutting tools are not recommended for cutting carbon fiber sheets regularly, as it leads to wearing down of the tools due to abrasive nature of sheets. Cutting carbon sheets is easy and you can edge-sand the panels conveniently.


Machine based cutting can be opted. You can use CNC machines, or diecutting process for more complex cutting. Water jet cutters are also used to cut sheets into complex forms. Contact an expert for machine cutting process.

Adhesives to Use

With carbon fibers you need to use high-end adhesives. A high temperature, high performance film that can withstand the extreme heat of the applications is most suitable. You can also consider other adhesives alternatives like laminate countertop adhesive, water-based epoxy resin, and contact cement.

Molding of Sheets

Remember, you cannot heat a carbon sheet to mold it or give it a curved shape. A limited degree can be achieved with high heat curving, but in all probabilities it is not recommended. You must opt for a flexible carbon fiber sheet for basic curve application, but complex applications are not possible. Several users place carbin fiber fabric in the mold and use epoxy to infuse it before heating the sheet for curving and molding.

Health and Safety Aspect

While carbon fiber dust is not toxic, it can still cause problems by way of causing irritation to eyes, lungs and skin. Proper health and safety standards should be implemented, including wearing dust mask and gloves to avoid cuts.

Working with carbon fiber sheets can be very befitting to create something of great use with multiple benefits. Use this guide to ensure you proceed carefully and through right steps.

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