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Old 10-27-2005, 04:30 PM   #1
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Is there a difference between the two? Is all carbon fiber "woven"? Or is there a kind that's made like regular fiberglass? Is one better then the other? Are they identical products with two different names?


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Old 10-27-2005, 04:56 PM   #2
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Its a misuse of terminology...

Graphite is a mineral based on the element carbon

Carbon fiber is a manufactured filamet, which is made into threads and then made into a variety of forms such as cloth, rovings, matt etc etc.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:11 AM   #3
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Ok cool. Thanks.

So does that mean Carbon Fiber is made of Graphite? Or manufacturers simply use the wrong name entirely?

The reason I'm asking is that I've been told that Graphite and Carbon Fiber are the same thing. Like when an RC car has hop up parts made of graphite, is that any different then carbon fiber hop ups? I do know that the woven carbon fiber we use to say, strengthen the wing on an airplane, feels radically different then these so called "graphite" parts do. Obviously because it's a woven fabric rather then a solid composite. So I had a hard time believing that graphite and carbon fiber were the same thing. However, the carbon fiber pushrods I have on my U Can Do, or the re-enforcing spars on the front wing of the Flat Out Cap, feel much like the graphite molded parts on the RC car.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!



I just read the link you posted above, I feel silly for asking if Carbon Fiber is made of Graphite!! LOL

It's the opposite.


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