A recent foray into DIY composite parts has led me to the doorstep of Applied Vehicle Technology. They retail everything you need for at-home carbon fiber lay-up, including the fabric itself, various resins, vacuum-bagging materials, and of course, tools, all at very good prices. Thanks to interest from the industrial sector, carbon fiber keeps getting cheaper, inching closer and closer to becoming commonplace. Surprisingly few people know how to work with the material, and only a few more are even interested, which is a shame.
Simple forms can be made with insulation foam, a bottle of acetone, resin, carbon fabric, and a steel roller. That’s it. It’s much cheaper to equip yourself for very high-quality carbon fiber work than for, say, machining. Invest about $300, and you’ll have a slick little vacuum-bag setup and enough fabric for all kinds of projects. Invest less, and you’ll still get what you need to add another skill to your repertoire.
Carbon Fiber Supplies [Advanced Vehicle Technology]