Australia Now Knows The Secret To Making Carbon Fibre

Image: CSIRO

Australia, we've just leveled up our Science skill: as a country, we now have the resources in place to mass-produce carbon fibre.

The formula for crafting strong, tensile carbon fibre is a closely held secret and the result of patents from a small number of companies around the world, but CSIRO and Deakin University worked together and patented a new process that should be both stronger and with more consistent quality across its length than existing methods.

The new wet spinning machine, built in Italy to specs from CSIRO's researchers, is apparently the last piece in the puzzle for Australia to mass produce its own carbon fibre. Carbon fibre has a multitude of uses, but it's widely used in the automotive world to create rigid tubs for supercars from companies like McLaren and Ferrari.

One of Australia's most innovative car companies does good work with carbon fibre already; Carbon Revolution in Geelong built a carbon fibre air intake for the last Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo, and is crafting the 20-inch 10-spoke wheels that'll spin under the barnstorming 2017 Ford GT.

Carbon fibre is amazing stuff, even if it's very time- and labor-intensive to work with. Here's how it goes from individual fibre strand to a finished product:

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    We may be able to mass produce carbon fibre, but why do we need to, we can just use carbon fibre up until the last mile and then use much cheaper copper, it will be exactly the same.

    Nobody even wants to use carbon fibre anyway, in fact even if we gave it away for free, nobody would use it

    Last edited 20/02/17 1:27 pm

      Oh but it is soo much better than copper.

      It's more expensive, it has to be better.

      Send your free samples here.

      I want CF to my kerb at the very least. (I can carry it the last 10 metres.)

        Si and md are you talking about Fibre Optics not Carbon Fibre. Carbon fibre if we can get it cheaper can be used in so much more places than it is currently used so this machine sounds promising.

          I think they might possibly be joking :)

            Good to see the comments are useful for real comments ; Bad humor filters set to high!

    We could extract CO2 from the air and use it to make carbon fiber. Thats an environmental plus. We can use carbon fiber to make cargo container ships.

      And at the end of life just combust it to recover the energy and liberate the CO2 back into the wild.

      It isn't good to keep the CO2 restrained for too long.

    Just in time for our expanding automotive indus..... oh wait.

      til carbon fibre is only useful for self driving vehicles. there are no other uses.

    Now to buy a cheap, mini autoclave so I can make my own parts *sigh*.

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