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A better term would be immitation ... (archive)

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Posted by Kessler on September 30, 1998 at 08:34:12:

In Reply to: Curious About Something posted by Kevin ///M on September 29, 1998 at 22:39:03:

Real carbon fiber is a "mat" woven from graphite fibers and laminated with plastic. The graphite fiber mat is quite expensive, so some companies produce a simulated material where the mat is woven from some sort of polymer fibers that approximate the look of the graphite fibers at a significantly reduced cost (and strength).

To most people, the simulated carbon fiber is actually more attractive than the real thing :-), and since the incredible strength to weight ratio of the real thing isn't required for decorative pieces, the simulated material is most common.

-Dave Kessler

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