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Old 04-03-2015, 04:16 AM   #1
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Default Advice on making carbon tube??

Im looking at making some 50mm tube.
Ive done a bit of searching but haven't really come up with much.

Whats been tried and tested? and cost effective?

I don't have access to an oven so pre preg is a no go at the moment.

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Old 04-03-2015, 04:51 AM   #2
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i think you have to give a whole lot more info before that question can be answered

is it a structural tube or just cosmetic ? what wall thickness do you need ? does it need to have a nice pretty shiny finish ?

wrapping PVC tube with a few layers of cloth and then slipping a braid over works quite well ...
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:07 AM   #3
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Its just cosmetic, thickness no more than 1mm and yes it needs to be a nice glossy finish on the outside.

Do you have more info on the PVC tube trick?
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:52 AM   #4
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not really a trick... I'v made tubes on PVC pipes. If you want the good exterior finish though, you'll probably have some finishing work to do after. I used heat shrink wrap for compaction and it gave a decent surface but, of course you can see the impression of the wrap.
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:20 AM   #5
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Is there a reason you do not just buy one? there are plenty of quality manufacturers.
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