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Old 06-27-2010, 06:20 AM   #11
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Carbon fiber is known to get into your lungs and cause a form of TB just like Asbestos does.
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( Wow ,...... youre up early )

Ca ,....... it will be . Any tips on the drilling . As far as my experience goes , carbon is difficult to drill ( I think )

Thanks for clearing this up for me .
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you need a sharp bit, light pressure and fairly high speed to prevent splitting if bit grabs (Happens at low speed with too much pressure )

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Re: Carbon Fiber Rods

Originally Posted by michel gravelle View Post

( Wow ,...... youre up early )

Ca ,....... it will be . Any tips on the drilling . As far as my experience goes , carbon is difficult to drill ( I think )

Thanks for clearing this up for me .
Michell again these are not carbon rods these are fiberglass tubes they don't split quite as easy so any dremel type tool with the proper drill bit will easily do the job. Light pressure let the drill do the work.

When I started with these rods I used 5 min epoxy as I thought it would give me more time to position the parts together and clean up easily done with alcohol. I would be interested in how you found the CA to work with as a first time attempt.

I don't use them much any more as I have gone to the carbon fiber with titanium ends that Central Hobbies sells. I have found these much stiffer and less than half the diameter of the others. They even have 6X32 ends for those extra heavy duty applications.


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DOnt use thin CA. It will harden too fast, it grabs right away.

This is a job (like many others) for thick CA in the yellow bottle. It works slow, and doesnt run. Just let it dry for 5 minutes and you are good to go.

I use a lot of CA where others would use epoxy. I dont want to get into any glue wars, but thick CA is really handy, and suprisingly very very tough. But it takes a while to harden up - which is good in many cases where you need time to work or assemble parts.

I have worked a lot of carbon rod, cloth, sheet in my models. I machine it like anything else, it will drill, sand, etc similarly to fibreglass. The arrow shafts are unidirectional (all fibres going in the same direction) and thats why they can split if you are ham-fisted. But thin ca can also prevent or fix small splits. Gluing carbin rods with CA is extremely strong since the carbin wicks the glue into the fibres very easily, unlike some composites which do not do this.

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BonJour Jean .

Wow , .............. thanks for all the help . I,ve learnt a lot here . All of my questions have been answered . Even the one,s that I didn,t ask ( because I didn,t know better ). ( I know about the dangers of carbon fiber , thanks for the heads up )

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