Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials in the Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 5,000 pound weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines, and more. And thanks to the company's fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of… » 4/22/14 11:56am 4/22/14 11:56am

The Carbon Fiber Trailer Batman Takes on Vacation

When Batman needs a break from defending Gotham, he's not going to put Alfred behind the wheel of some dumpy ol' Winnebago—especially when he drives something as badass as the Batmobile every night. No, he's going to choose an RV befitting the Dark Knight, and the carbon fiber CR-1 certainly fits that bill. » 4/07/14 10:00am 4/07/14 10:00am

Watch a Chunk of Lava Stone Get Grafted Onto a Carbon Fiber Bench

The making-of video for Peugeot Design Lab's latest project contains no words—it doesn't need any, since it shows every step of the process: From blasting a huge chunk of volcanic stone from its resting place to crafting a piece of carbon fiber to perfectly fit the rock's jagged profile. The resulting bench looks like… » 4/03/14 5:08pm 4/03/14 5:08pm

Here's how much stronger carbon fiber is compared to steel in one GIF

What you're looking at is a carbon fiber drive shaft and a steel drive shaft being twisted with force until they break. As you can see in this torque test between the two, the carbon fiber shaft doesn't budge (that's not a still image, folks) while the steel shaft cork screws itself and becomes deformed under the same… » 2/12/14 7:16pm 2/12/14 7:16pm

This Insane Carbon Fiber Hammock Bathtub Is the Epitome Of Relaxation

The eternal debate—of whether to soak in the tub or lounge in a hammock—has just been rendered moot, thanks to this stunning carbon fiber hammock tub that lets you do both at the same time. Made by the UK company SplinterWorks, it's called the Vessel, and it makes for an awesome centerpiece for your bathroom,… » 6/21/13 9:32am 6/21/13 9:32am

It's Too Bad This Insanely Light Dining Table Is Also Insanely Expensive

One of the few non-kitchen related tasks on Thanksgiving involves prepping the dining room table with inserts or expansions to accomodate extra guests. But why wrestle with heavy slabs of lumber when this lightweight table made from carbon fiber, kevlar, and titanium can be set up and lifted by a single person? Oh,… » 11/22/12 8:00pm 11/22/12 8:00pm

How Will Hipsters Afford This Gorgeous and Insanely Expensive Carbon…

They're the preferred mode of transport for flannel plaided hipsters, sure, but when a fixie is crafted from carbon fiber by a company with a mastery of the material, it's downright impossible for anyone not to lust over. Oh, UBC Coren bike, you are purdy. Even if $32,500 in a stupid amount of money to spend on a… » 10/19/12 2:40pm 10/19/12 2:40pm

This Carbon-Fiber Kamikaze Bomb Fits in a Backpack

The innumerable caves, crags, and hiding spots dotting the Afghan mountains render conventional tactics useless. So rather than play reactionary whack-a-mole with insurgents, our Special Forces may soon deploy these radio-controlled, explosive-laden planes to find and eliminate targets in one deadly fell swoop. » 9/20/12 11:30am 9/20/12 11:30am

This All-Carbon Fiber Ultrabook Weighs Just 2.1 Pounds

Carbon fiber has, without doubt, got to be one of the most exotic materials you can choose to build things out of: race cars, road bikes and, umm, laptops? It seems that the Dell XPS 13 has started a trend because now Gigabyte is hot on its heels with an all-carbon fiber notebook which is, as you'd expect, insanely… » 5/31/12 5:35am 5/31/12 5:35am