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Old Oct 14, 2001, 10:44 AM
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How do you cut carbon fiber rod?

I am about to cut my first carbon fiber rod.

What is the best way to do it?

Thanks,

James
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Old Oct 14, 2001, 11:01 AM
Terry Dunn
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I wrap the area to be cut with some masking tape. Then using a razor saw, I cut around the circumference using only a pulling motion and light pressure. Once I have cut the entire circumference, i just keep cutting (still only pulling) til I'm all the way through. After it is cut and I remove the tape, I put a drop of CA on the end to help keep it from splitting. Be careful, I find the carbon dust to be pretty irritating on my skin.
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Old Oct 14, 2001, 04:32 PM
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I use a cutting disc in a mini drill (Dremel or whatever). Slices through, completely cleanly, in about a second!
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Old Oct 14, 2001, 10:57 PM
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I do both!

I wrap with masking tape, mark and cut with a Dremel cut-off wheel.
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Old Oct 15, 2001, 12:31 PM
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as Bill and Genebond i do the same and the result is clean and quick
my dremel is always ready to cut something ...carbon or steel
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Old Oct 17, 2001, 07:46 AM
Michele Somaschini, Spain
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Be very carefull with carbon fiber dust and wear breathing protection masks to avoid lung diseases (cancer for instance)!!!

A saw is better as powder particles are greater and can be cleaned easily. Try to cut pieces into water if possible.

Cutting with electric tools is easy and fast but the disks throw smaller particles in the air and then they're everywhere.
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Old Oct 17, 2001, 11:15 AM
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don t worry

with the age i become allergic to dust
i allways wear a protection

for me it was obvious

we live only once and the time is to short to make all those beautifull birds so spending it in the hospital...is a waste of time

i remenber one night the big pain with my eyes because using a grind machine i get a particle in the eye
i had to go to the emergency at 02.00 .

from there i allways wear protectives lens
it s mandatory in the factory where i work

joe
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