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Carbon fibers consist almost exclusively of the element carbon. The atoms are arranged in microcrystals which are aligned longitudinally to the fiber axis. This alignment makes the fibers stiffer than steel at a four to five times lower density. Therefore, these fibers are particularly interesting for lightweight construction.
To take advantage of these properties, the fibers, which are more than 10 times thinner than our hair, must be kept within one component. This function is performed by a plastic matrix in which the fibers are embedded. A good carbon component has a fiber content of more than 50%.
However, a carbon component becomes particularly easy not only because of the excellent ratio of stiffness to density, but also because of the ability to align the fibers along the loading direction. This minimizes the use of materials.
daCarbo does not use the freedom of fiber orientation and wall thickness distribution in its instrument components for reasons of weight but to optimize the wall vibrations of the musical instrument.