How do carbon parts
• How do carbon parts
It was one of our customers such a project: make a line of appliances with a carbon fiber body. Lightweight, durable, beautiful - solid pros. Only the price bites. So I was sent to explore: how to learn to do the same, but cheaper.
Honestly, I have never before seen how these things are made, and did not even imagine all the technology. Therefore, immediately and gladly took up the task.
But it turned out that to get to the factory is not so simple. Two manufacturers under various pretexts refused to meet in the production and persistently called to his office. The third office and production were in the same building, and without thinking twice I went to see him.
The plant looks pretty well, I have carried out in the negotiation-showroom.
From a variety of samples dazzled: a carbon bike parts for cars and mototyuninga, all sorts of gizmos unknown purpose.
one piece bonnet for BMW - the dream of the boys with the district.
Sometimes carboxylic fabric weave colored threads: red or blue, looks very unusual.
Details, painted completely, once and can not be distinguished from the ordinary. Usually athletes are doing: they need a low weight, and not show-off
And something, for some unknown reason the right.
But the main purpose of my visit was this:
for the iPad Case. I was interested not the case, of course, but like him pieces: parts for the body of the phone, laptops, tablets. It was important to understand the proizodstva technology, understand how to design them, so it was as cheap and technologically. Therefore, after long negotiations and persuasion, I finally asked for a tour of the shop.
Production occupies one floor of the building, there is clean, but quite deserted.
carboxylic fabric coated with an adhesive layer comes in rolls. It is of varying thickness, with a different pattern of weaving. Stored in special refrigerators.
The fabric is cut into pieces of the pattern, and are glued in several layers on a matrix. Matrices are the lungs, from which a type of plastic and with extended life from aluminum.
Matrix, reaching the work laid out on the floor, each in its own sector.
The process of carbon sticker was located behind the glass doors, but I flatly refused to show it, they say, a terrible trade secret. But I do not think that there is something secret, simply cut with scissors, and placed in the form of scraps. Thereafter, each piece is packed in vacuum bags.
pumped out of the air bags and loaded into one of the two furnaces, more or less.
Finished parts are removed from the matrix. If the item is a complex shape, the matrix for it is a composite of several parts.
Quality control before delivery to the warehouse.
As you might imagine, this is not the whole process. Now that the details you need to trim the edges and paint them with varnish. But it is on the other site, subcontractor. Offered to go and see, but I refused - that there is certainly nothing new.
Oh, CMV is probably interesting to learn about the prices? So, carbon cheholchik on the iPad costs $ 25 with the plant. A bicycle - a few thousand. Stop smiling, says a friend of mine. And the reduction option especially can not see, is too small-scale production, too much manual labor.