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Does anyone here make carbon fiber parts for their bikes?

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Does anyone do that here? I want to start making carbon fiber parts. (Small things like frame guards and such) If anyone who does and has some expierence give me some advice on what materials I will need. And what you use to make molds out of. :) Is it a big lenghty process to do and what tools will I need? Thanks in advance :)

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I make alot of carbon fiber parts for the aerospace industry, which are a higher grade than automotive/ motorcycle parts.

Basically the carbon fiber system is a pre-preg (carbon fibers saturated with resin), which is dry to the touch but once heated the resins begin to flow.

Depending on application you just cut the pre-preg to the desired size, lay it in a mold.

Vacuum bag the mold and cure in an autoclave (pressure/heat vessel) to about 100 psi/350 degrees.

There are some low density pre-pregs that will cure at 250 degrees without pressure, ( require vacuum) but the structure integrity of the part that is compromised. (these are generally motorcycle parts and hoods, fenders, etc on cars.

This is just general information I hope this helps you.

Check out Airtech web site and it will give you a general understanding of the basics and cure cycles.

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I have made some carbonfiber parts for my bike.

I havn't used the pre-preg because it is quit expensive, i'm a aircraft technician so I could get some carbonfibers and have just used boat epoxy-resin.

I tryed a few times before I had the best way to do it, I think you have to do it if you think it could be fun to try, and want's to learn something from it.

here is a few pictures of my productions :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/danielvagn/my%20bike/exhaust_guard.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/danielvagn/my%20bike/exhaust_guard_2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/danielvagn/my%20bike/Carbon_skidplate.jpg

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For those in the know about working with carbon fiber. Is it possible to take a ding out of say a upper fork guard by heating it and pressing/tapping it back?

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