carbon fibre

It's Safer To Cheat At Poker When You're Playing With Bullet-Proof Cards

Everything looks cooler when made from carbon fibre, and that even applies to a deck of playing cards. But Sly Kly wants to take things one step further by engineering decks of cards made from both carbon fibre and kevlar — the same magical material that helps make vests bullet-proof. So the next time you decide to cheat during a shady backroom Poker game, your odds of surviving getting caught could be greatly improved with these cards in hand.


A 5m Elastic Band Powers This Sleek 3D-Printed RC Car

Elastic-powered toys don’t sound particularly exciting these days when you can get a buy a flying toy helicopter that fits in the palm of your hand. But three students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena created this stunning RC car, made from 3D-printed plastic and carbon fibre, that’s propelled using a 5m long twisted elastic band.


BMW And Audi Are Working On Low-Cost Carbon Fibre

Lightweight carbon fibre in your everyday road-going family sedan could be commonplace in the not-too-distant future, with the news that BMW and Audi are working hard to cut the cost of producing the high-tech material by 90 per cent, bringing it into competition with steel and aluminium for mass-market automotive production.


Scientists 3D-Printed Self-Assembling Wood And Carbon Fibre

For the most part, our wood and carbon fibre objects are solid, inert and boring lumps. They don’t bend or curl — or at least, they aren’t supposed to. But MIT researchers have created wood and carbon fibre specially designed to be dynamic, conjuring up visions of wood furniture that self-assembles out of the flat pack or carbon fibre that morphs with the temperature.


A Carbon Fibre Stapler Is Definitely More Lustworthy Than A Swingline

In recent years carbon fibre has developed a nasty habit of turning up in places it really doesn’t belong. Its woven black finish might look neat on a mousepad, but the ultralight material should stick to places it really belongs like on high-performance race cars, in any product coming from the aerospace industry, and office supplies — definitely office supplies.


A Carbon Fibre Eames Sofa Combines Amazing Design And Exotic Materials

We wonder whether furniture can really get any better than this: an Eames-style sofa, woven from the awesome material that is carbon fibre. This might be living room heaven.


Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials In The Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 2200kg weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines and more. And thanks to the company’s fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of the process. No safety goggles required.


Watch A Chunk Of Lava Stone Get Grafted Onto A Carbon Fibre Bench

The making-of video for Peugeot Design Lab’s latest project contains no words — it doesn’t need any, since it shows every step of the process: From blasting a huge chunk of volcanic stone from its resting place to crafting a piece of carbon fibre to perfectly fit the rock’s jagged profile.


If You Want To Be Immune To Tasers Just Wear Carbon Fibre Clothing

It’s no Iron Man suit, but if you’ve got a knack for civil disobedience and often find yourself on the business end of a Taser, the folks at Hackaday discovered that carbon fibre clothing can actually let you shrug off those electric shocks.


Here's How Much Stronger Carbon Fibre Is Compared To Steel In One GIF

What you’re looking at is a carbon fibre drive shaft and a steel drive shaft being twisted with force until they break. As you can see in this torque test between the two, the carbon fibre shaft doesn’t budge (that’s not a still image, folks) while the steel shaft corkscrews itself and becomes deformed under the same amount of twisting pressure. Gnarly.