You are searching good looking carbon fiber sheets or you want to make some specific details?
And then you see out there many sellers. Everyone has different patterns... Sounds familiar? Lets have a closer look.
1x1 Carbon Fiber Pattern
This pattern reminds math notebook. Is also called plain weave pattern. Its over-under pattern is the pretty standard pattern. Not the strongest of weave but is solid and shouldn't let you down. Easiest to handle without making the fibers on the ends too messed up. Other weaves fall part incredibly fast, but make up for this is some cool patterns and more strength in the direction of the weave. It is the tightest weave.
2x2 Twill Weave Carbon Fiber Pattern
This pattern looks more modern than 1x1 plain pattern. Got quite unique look. It represents the diagonals that are synchronized. Is braid over-over-under-under. Most popular pattern that many carbon fiber factories use to make details. 2x2 Twill is mostly used in imitations also. This pattern is elastic and it is good for use with complex shapes because its weave is looser.
4 Harness-Satin Carbon Fiber Pattern
This pattern reminds bricks. It looks like wall and it has a point. These are supposedly some of the stronger structural weaves. 4HS= 4 over 1
5 Harness-Satin Carbon Fiber Pattern
Brother to 4HS. A Harness-Satin patterns almost always has more weaves per inch than a plain or twill weave (defined as “pics”). Has a higher pic count and it will hold together bit better than a twill weave when handled carefully. 5HS= 5 over 1
8 Harness-Satin Carbon Fiber Pattern
Relative to 5HS. Reminds long rice grains but it looks simple and awesome. It is also pretty plain to see that the weave will fall apart in your hands if not handled well. If you have very complex curves, an 8 Harness-Satin is the best choice. 8HS= 8 over 1
4x4 Twill Weave Carbon Fiber Pattern
Quite fancy pattern, but not the fanciest. Pattern reminds arrows heads or tractor traces. Is not so prevalent pattern in the carbon fiber sheet market. 4X4 twill will bend around curves better than a 2X2 twill weave.
Unidirectional Carbon Fiber Pattern
Well... This reminds a brunette girl hair. But can we say that this is a weave? Depends on viewer artistic talent. Is used in applications where almost all of the forces exerted on the object come form one axis (up and down, left and right, front and rear).
These were the most common patterns in the carbon fiber world.
Different weaves can either give varying amounts of strength and looks. They distribute forces in multiple directions differently and can often change strength in the way they are laid and molded as just for a different weave. The looser the fabric, the more likely the fabric will fray at the ends and create spaces in the fabric when bent around complex curves. But a loose fabric will fit around complex curves much better than a tighter weave fabric. Now, lest have a look unusual patterns...
Triaxial Balanced Carbon Fiber Pattern
With first look it reminds 2x2 Twill weave, but actually it is not the same pattern. The number of fiber directions from two to three, and changing the orientation of the fibers from orthogonal to 60 degrees increases the damage tolerance and also improves energy absorption. The weaving construction is ‘two over, two under’, alternating over and under the axial yarns. Applications are for composite reinforcement in aerospace, engineering, sports equipment and automotive racing.Triaxial Balance Pattern
Prepreg Triaxial Carbon Fiber Pattern
If we look closer it reminds beehive. Potential applications for this triaxial pattern include diaphragm transducers such as pressure sensors, microphones, loudspeakers, stethoscopes and electromagnetic devices such as antenna reflectors.
There are many trixtial patterns but the point it that you will get the understanding why it can be good for you.
* Triaxial weaving is part of the traditional craft of basketry. Its use has been dated back to around 5,700 BC in Japan.
* Triaxial weaving produces material which is structurally superior to many sorts of rectangular weaving. Since the structural elements run in three directions, the resulting fabric is much more resistant to shearing forces and doesn't easily crimp.
* Triaxial fabrics often have good strain resistance, planar shear resistance, tear resistance, abrasion resistance and bursting resistance.
* What applications are suitable for using triaxial techniques?
The main selling points of triaxial weaving are: 1) Light weight; 2) Low material cost; 3) Isotropy; 4) Shear-resistance.
* Trixtial patterns are not very common, so it is also harder to get one.
Lets look now on bit crazier patterns...
1K x 3K Plain Weave Carbon Fiber Pattern
Unique plain weave. With a 3K warp and a 1K fill its loose weave is highly formable and wets out easily. Is is used to add selective directional reinforcement to applications without adding considerable weight.
A Jacquard Weave Carbon Fiber Pattern
If you have been to Estonian Song Festival then you probably have seen historic folk clothing. You can see in Estonian Song Festival the same pattern in wool skirts, belts and men waistcoat. This pattern is actually mostly the same as the 1x1 Plain weave.
D Jacquard Weave Carbon Fiber Pattern
If you are producing carbon fiber violins or cellos then this pattern can be just for you. Until you use it just for the cosmetic looks.
Aquarius Carbon Fiber Pattern
Well in this point we can have a question in our heads that how far can we go with patterns? This pattern is suitable for Russian carbon fiber accordion cosmetic looks.
Constellation Carbon Fiber Pattern
It looks like this pattern has used the unidirectional carbon fiber (black squares) but not quite sure. It can be quite good pattern because it looks like it is trixtial pattern.
Galaxy Carbon Fiber Pattern
This pattern reminds videos that depict LSD effect. Why this pattern can be better than others? Well... here we can talk more about art and cup of teas. Its more just to cosmetic looks.
Rook Carbon Fiber Pattern
The rook, named after a chess piece, reminds a chessboard depending on the angle of light you’re looking at. We can see either the chessboard or a larger diamond grid with a smaller square inside of each other. When you see the grid, it gives off a very three-dimensional appearance, as if the blocks are almost popping out of the fabric.
Atomic Carbon Fiber Pattern
The atomic pattern is really defined diamonds within diamonds within diamonds. Mostly like to see this one laminated with believing it would really pop between the differences in contrast with light shifts.
Grandmaster Carbon Fiber Pattern
From an aesthetic appearance, the Grandmaster is quite huge, but also the one that’s not exactly new or unique. The best way to describe the Grandmaster is by picturing a normal plain weave and zooming it in. Essentially, it’s a regular piece of carbon fiber with a really large weave, making for an extraordinary look. The dry fabric is fairly stiff so it will be a little harder to work with, but the effort should be worth the results.
Wasp Carbon Fiber Pattern
The Wasp pattern is like taking a mixture of twill and plain weave, and then putting a honeycomb pattern within those. The pattern comes off as almost a reptile skin which would be an interesting look for the application you’re using it on.
Roswell Carbon Fiber Pattern
At certain angles this patterns almost looks like little spaceships… or hamburgers, which fits the Roswell name well. There is a mixture of different shapes, patterns and angles, giving an extremely unique and different look that is sure to stand out amongst the crowd.
Labyrinth Carbon Fiber Pattern
The labyrinth is definitely the “funkiest” off the patterns with an almost chaotic pattern that has definition. This pattern seems to be the lightest fabric of the bunch, most likely making it the easiest to work with when conforming to curves.
Crazy, odd and fancy patterns.
Well actually there are much more and more patterns out there. Our imagination is the limit. But why there are so many patterns in carbon fiber world? If we look around nowadays then we see fashion everywhere. Can we say that carbon fiber cloth manufacturers have gone crazy and are part of fop? So and so. If you start an new carbon fiber cloth factory, then you need costumers. You will have to have:
1) Classic patterns. (what is standard)
2) "Something more" patterns. (which can add value)
3) "Wow" effect patterns. (something that world has not seen before)
Otherwise your factory will not survive.
Mostly these crazy, odd, fancy, sexy and "Wow" effect patterns are directed to innovators.