Also, take care around electronics; the conductive nature of carbon can easily fry nearby computers, laptops, and other devices. With this in mind, ensure proper precaution is taken prior to making your first cut. It may be worth covering or moving any devices in the area.
Cutting carbon fiber tubing can be difficult. If done incorrectly, the tube can be damaged beyond repair in the blink of an eye. This article will break down the steps on how to cut carbon fiber tubes.
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- PPE: Safety glasses, dust collection, hearing & respiratory protection.
- Cutting: Diamond coated abrasive cut-off blade.
- Finishing: Sand paper or other abrasive surfaces
This is the most important part. When cutting composites, it is ideal to use a diamond coated abrasive cut-off blade rather than a toothed blade. Teeth can catch the fibers and tear the material resulting in splintering or delamination.Thicker tubes may generate enough heat to re-activate the epoxy causing the blade to “gum-up”.To prevent “gumming”, cool the cutting surface/blade. Using a segmented blade will help reduce heat. Another option is to actively cool by using a wet saw.
An unsupported tube can result in a “burred” edge. This is caused by one side of the tube moving before the cut is finished.Burrs are typically found on the “drop” section. If multiple sections are being cut out of a tube, it is crucial to support and brace both the cut end and the drop end of the tube.
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