Hey all, I had intended to write this as "what do you want, but can't find" it evolved to a specific need after writting. Let me get straight to the point.
I would love to have some info on how to work with carbon fiber. I've found these two sites, and that's it:
http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/carbon-f ... cle-parts/
The first one makes it look in depth, then the second makes it look simple. Anyway, it's still not totally informative to me.
Then, I would like to find the material suppliers. I've found many places that sell the cloth ($40 a yard on average. Please try to beat that and drop a link), but hardly anything on the resins, epoxies, and release agents. The first article links to the SP110 producer (found HERE
) But little else. I see they have an office for North America in Magog QC Canada, but there has to be another retailer around here of another brand perhaps. Not that I need to walk up and buy it, but in the same country would be awesome.
This sprouted from my desire for a reservoir that fit my theme. As you may or may not have seen, my PC is based on a GP motorcycle, and are typically loaded with carbon. Anyway, I've scoured the web for any type of Reservoir that would fit the theme, but found nothing but plexyglass bay reservoirs with LED mounts or the "typical" innovatek bongs. The WACC is an option, but a very expensive one for a simple piece of extruded tubing, and that they're only in the UK still.
So, I've made a couple from various metals and they just don't feel right. I want a simple carbon tank and I'll be happy. Along with this, some simple covers here and there or actual parts would totally be in the spirit.
I've found simple carbon weave plates that you can cut out, but they're flat. I had thought about cutting a few sheets and eboxy up a square box, but I could custom make many parts for the price they want for the material in these small pre-cut sheets.
The perk here is that I thought that I'd do a how to once I found the items so that any of us could do the same. And not in PC's only, but also in other aspects of our hobbies. Cars are even getting Carbon, but they're ripping you guys off for what they're asking. If I take the mystery out of the process, then you can make a $400 intake set for $50 in supplies. Jeez..I can get a full carbon body work for a bike for what they're asking for one flat civic hood :p Off topic...opps.
I'd also suggest that once this was done, I could do this for the modders here if you weren't comfortable with it. Let me do the work, you supply the mold! Hell, if this takes off, maybe they'll sale? Why not...with all the bay-reservoirs out there, it'd be a refreshing site to see something new.
Other items I've thought of were Burp-tanks or Radiator overflow cans. There's one cylinder type on ebay for NASCAR or something, but it's butchered from what I can see.
I've worked with Fiberglass, and that one article looks just like laying out glass. I have the tools, the time, and the patience...so help me out here please. This search is getting old and am now at a loss on to move forward with this or not. I'll update as this goes on BTW.
Oh, and if you can't find something that you think would be useful, post it in the Workshop! I know there has to be something an individual is looking for but can't find like I am. These things should be brought up! maybe we can start the trend for an item???