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Old 10-06-2016, 11:24 AM
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Question Carbon plate cutting

I am beefing up and old sport jet. I would like to replace the 1/8" ply formers that the wing spars attach to with 1/8"carbon fiber plate.
Question, Can i just cut the plate with a scroll saw? I know this sounds silly but I'm not used to working with it and want to make sure i don't fray it or whatever else can go wrong.
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:34 AM
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Hi Myles,
Best thing to use to cut carbon is the small diamond cut off wheels that are available at Harbour freight and other places. They come in packs of 5 with a 1/8" Dremel mandrel. A scroll saw will work, but the blade will wear out in no time at all and you are left with a ragged edge.

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+1 for Ian,
I highly recommend a facemask to filter the air as you're working. The cutoff wheel will create a very fine powder as you cut the carbon fiber.

Good luck.

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Yeah, I would second the concern and warning about breathing any carbon dust. About a month and a half ago I was cutting carbon tube, even while wearing a white dust mask, I must have still ingested some. It triggered a severe dry cough that lasted at least 4 weeks. Never had anything happen like that before. So be careful.
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Diamond grit blades are available for larger industrial band saws. I looked into getting one for my 9" Ryobi, but they are not made for small benchtop band saws. I did find a company that would custom make them for me at $10 each, but I would have had to order 200 pcs.
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