Carbon Fiber Weave Details
Carbon fiber is a very unique material with special properties that often go unnoticed and under appreciated. We're here to share all of the awesome details that go into different types of carbon fiber weaves. In each section we'll cover a different type of carbon fiber weave and what rings we make using that weave.
The Twill Weave (Racer and more...)
When people think of carbon fiber, this is most likely what they are picturing. Although the bulk of the worlds carbon fiber is not in woven form such as this, it is the most recognizable. This weave provides great durability while reducing the frequency of chipping and or splintering otherwise possible with carbon fiber. In other words, if one damages their twill woven ring, the fiber will most likely only chip a millimeter or two to the next weave. Race cars are often seen covered in this particular woven style for this reason. You can imagine the number of rocks and rock chips a race car sustains while zipping around a track at breakneck speeds. This carbon fiber polishes up nicely and can easily be refinished using a little water and a scotch brite pad.
Unidirectional (Bullet and more...)
Unidirectional carbon fiber is often referred to as the true carbon fiber workhorse. "Uni" carbon fiber makes up the majority of almost every single composite aircraft, spacecraft or marine craft built these days. The reason for this has little to do with cost and almost everything to do with the fact that uni carbon fiber can be oriented in 3 dimensional space to yield properties that exceed those of some of the most exotic metals, all while being significantly lighter weight too. Although our unidirectional rings may not be the most durable of the bunch, they still offer great strength and can most easily be sanded smooth if damaged. Unlike our twill woven ring styles like the Racer, you run little to no risk of distorting the pattern of these ring styles IF you happen to chip it and need to sand the chip smooth.
Filament Wound (Ranger and more...)
Filament wound carbon fiber is both strong and lightweight. The name comes from the process by which these rings are made. We take a raw spool of dry carbon fiber (generally about 10 lb spools) and pull these carbon fiber "tows" or bands through a bath of wet resin. This gooey fibrous strand is subsequently wound around a rotating mandrel or tool that then forms the shape of the ring in tubular form. Due to the fiber being wound back and forth and up to 50 times in some cases a very unique aesthetic is realized. This appearance is sometimes referred to as "black camo" due to its discontinuous yet nicely fading patchwork of fiber orientations.
Twill Sidecut (Wave ring styles)
This unique style of carbon fiber is simply a twill weave turned 90 degrees. Imagine a thick plate of carbon fiber, roughly the thickness of the width of a ring (say 8mm). Our sidecut rings are then precision machined using special CNC equipment out of these plates. What is left is a short cylinder OR block cut ring. This ring then turned sideways (90 degrees) reveals the waves formed as a result of the original plate being comprised of up to 12 individual layers of twill woven carbon fiber layers stacked together.