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Old 08-14-2002, 08:57 AM
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is there a place I can buy a sheet or the kind that you can mold in the us?
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well for sheets you can try these:

http://www.fibre-lyte.co.uk
http://www.arts-hobby.com/CFplates.html
http://www.windtunnelracing.com

i don't know about the moldable polymer. i got my sheet from arts hobby and the product, price, and service were stellar.
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I carry various thicknesses and sizes, let meknow what your interested in, and i can check my stock. Email me @ [email protected]
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Sorry to bring this old thread back to life, but I wanted to know if you had any recommendation for people able to cut quality carbon fiber parts (based on a Solidworks file), preferably in Europe, or elsewhere in the world?

I already know Bezerk RC, but I am looking for others in case.

Thanks a lot for your advice!

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Find a company with a water cutter, they all can do that. For me around the corner:
Hadé B.V. | Metaalbewerking | Uw partner in draaien, frezen en lassen
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I have milled many chassis from carbon fiber. It cuts easy with the right tools. Do not use high speed steel tool or wood router bits. Diamond flute router bits are the trick. I usually get around 30-40 chassis plates per tool and they are cheap cutters. For drilling the holes, carbide circuit board drills. I get over 2000 holes before it would show signs of wear. I used a CNC mill to do mine so cutter life is much higher than making them by hand but this is what works really good. Don’t be shy with RPM. The tooling is small and can handle upwards of 20,000 RPM. Hook a shop vac up and cut next to the nozzle to keep the dust from coating you. Hope this helps.
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https://www.mcmaster.com/#router-bits/=1ahl9rr

This for cutting. They work great and cut clean. I used the diamond ones for fiberglass. They worked better than the ones listed for carbon fiber.lol and they are much cheaper
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https://www.mcmaster.com/#circuit-bo...-bits/=1ahlaoe

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https://www.mcmaster.com/#carbide-burs/=1ahlbq5

Great for countersinking. Go to the cone bits. Those are the ones. 90 degree for metric screw heads
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These are the best options I have found and use them for production runs of chassis and car kits for years.
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Originally Posted by onaMISSION View Post
is there a place I can buy a sheet or the kind that you can mold in the us?
Dragonplate!!!
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Kinetic Composites Home Page

This is where I buy from. I used standard grade 3k plain weave. Crazy rigid and good pricing. The quality of the panels is unmatched. The resin system they use for the pre preg panels doesn’t yellow on you.
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Originally Posted by G-rem View Post
Sorry to bring this old thread back to life, but I wanted to know if you had any recommendation for people able to cut quality carbon fiber parts (based on a Solidworks file), preferably in Europe, or elsewhere in the world?

I already know Bezerk RC, but I am looking for others in case.

Thanks a lot for your advice!

Regards,
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I found it quite difficult to find a company in Europe who could machine carbon fiber up to the quality we see from Xray for example. I've tried quite a few companies from Germany and NL but none were satisfactory in terms of pricing vs quality.

I wouldn't recommend water-cutting for RC parts. This technique is better suited for larger parts. Plus if you need countersinking or pockets you will still need the parts machined.

Fiber-lyte does an ok job, the plates they use are from good quality and their pricing is very reasonable, especially for lower volumes. For prototyping I use their services.

Bezerk RC does a great job, but the shipping costs and time is a downside for us in Europe.

Pretty much all the companies work with a 2D DXF file for machining. Leave out the countersinking and any pocketed areas. Specify those on your dimensional drawing. Also make sure to specify important dimensions and tolerances. If you don't and the part is out of tolerance you don't have a case for having the manufacturer redo the parts for you.....
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Originally Posted by protc3 View Post
https://www.mcmaster.com/#carbide-burs/=1ahlbq5

Great for countersinking. Go to the cone bits. Those are the ones. 90 degree for metric screw heads
Diamond cut?
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