Originally posted by BuddhaTech
I wouldn't use that CF for a for even a skid plate! It's mearly a cosmetic piece and, not structural quality. It will not be cost-effective to manufacture your own chassis. It would be a great learning experience though. You should get some good quality CF and start with shock towers or battery braces...small stuff.
I can't stress the safety issues enough when dealling with CF. Here is a link to an MSDS for carbon fiber. Keep in mind that this is for only the carbon...not the resins and other chemicals used to bond the layers together. This link from the OHSA gives some info on the resins used in the layup of CF. The rest of the also provides some great info on the manufacture of CF and other advanced composites.
Hope this helps!
Wait a second. Our our carbon fiber plates are not mearly cosmetic pieces... For the record they are structural pieces and just happen to look great. In our rigid plates we use 2 layers of twill carbon prepreg fabric on the exterior for looks and then the inner plies are made up of 6 layers of uni-directional prepreg carbon laid up at 0, 90. and 45 degree angles on each side from the center. We use a Quasi-Isotropic or symmetrical layup which is a must for a strong and flat panel. The resin content is about 34-35% which is very low. More strength. It's very tough to get this low resin content with typical wet layup methods. In short these panels are very strong for their thickness.
These panels can be bonded together with a two part epoxy very well. Just make sure you rough the glossy surface up before you bond. As far as cutting goes, yes you can cut it with a dremel and a diamond coated wheel available at Home Depot for $12 but I would suggest sending us a drawing and we can have it water jet cut for $75.