Plastic Gears Reinforced With Carbon Fiber Could Replace Metal in Cars

Given the sheer amount of torque and power needed to propel a car that weighs thousands of pounds, you’d think that parts made from plastic would disintegrate in minutes. But researchers have developed a plastic gear reinforced with carbon fiber that’s strong enough to actually be used as a replacement for metal parts… » 4/22/15 10:30am 4/22/15 10:30am

BMW Wants To Make The 3 Series Out Of Carbon Fiber, But Can't Just Yet

I sat down with BMW's Head of Design Adrian van Hooydonk at the Geneva Motor Show. We chatted about the BMW i cars and X6Ms wearing the same logo, smaller Minis, and the future of the brand. One thing was clear: BMW plans to go all the way with carbon fiber. But it's going to take a while. » 3/06/15 7:35pm 3/06/15 7:35pm

Take your Lego car up a notch with these carbon fiber tiles

Mark Carpenter and his children have developed Lego compatible carbon fiber tiles for use with your new or existing models. Made from 3mm sheets of high gloss carbon fiber, these would be a perfect addition to the upcoming Speed Champions theme or any of your existing Lego automotive, aerospace or nautical vehicles. » 12/19/14 12:42pm 12/19/14 12:42pm

Wood Nanocrystals Are Like Carbon FIber Only Lighter, Stronger, And…

The US Forest Products Laboratory, taking a break from their lucrative pinecone-powered robotics projects, have opened a new $1.7 million pilot plant around Madison, WI to develop new nanocellulose materials. The new wood-based materials can be stronger and lighter than both Kevlar and carbon fiber, at about ten… » 9/04/12 3:00pm 9/04/12 3:00pm