Meet The Crazy Climber Who Made His Own Carbon-Fiber Ice Axes

If you want to climb ice, you're going to need a pair of ice axes. The state-of-the-art is this carbon pair from Black Diamond, which will run you a cool $340 per axe. Or, you could just make your own, like this guy did, saving himself over 500 grams in the process. » 3/30/15 5:10pm Monday 5:10pm

It's Safer To Cheat At Poker When You're Playing With Bullet-Proof Cards

Everything looks cooler when made from carbon fiber, and that even applies to a deck of playing cards. But Sly Kly wants to take things one step further by engineering decks of cards made from both carbon fiber and kevlar—the same magical material that helps make vests bullet-proof. So the next time you decide to… » 2/02/15 10:43am 2/02/15 10:43am

A 16-Foot Elastic Band Powers This Sleek 3D-Printed RC Car

Elastic-powered toys don't sound particularly exciting these days when you can get a buy a flying toy helicopter that fits in the palm of your hand. But three students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena created this stunning RC car, made from 3D-printed plastic and carbon fiber, that's propelled using a… » 1/26/15 12:43pm 1/26/15 12:43pm

Scientists 3D Printed Self-Assembling Wood and Carbon Fiber

For the most part, our wood and carbon fiber objects are solid, inert, and boring lumps. They don't bend or curl—or at least, they aren't supposed to. But MIT researchers have created wood and carbon fiber specially designed to be dynamic, conjuring up visions of wood furniture that self-assembles out of the flat pack… » 10/14/14 4:13pm 10/14/14 4:13pm

This Bike Frame Weighs Less Than Six Sticks of Butter

You'll never see the SuperSix EVO Black Inc. on the street. You probably won't even see it in a local road race. This is Cannondale's chef d'œuvre, built with only the best components, top to bottom—it's a $11,920 piece of carbon ridden by the fastest humans on Earth. » 9/05/14 1:06pm 9/05/14 1:06pm

A Carbon Fiber Stapler Is Definitely More Lustworthy Than a Swingline

In recent years carbon fiber has developed a nasty habit of turning up in places it really doesn't belong. Its woven black finish might look neat on a mousepad, but the ultralight material should stick to places it really belongs like on high-performance race cars, in any product coming from the aerospace industry, … » 8/13/14 5:00pm 8/13/14 5:00pm

A Carbon Fiber Eames Sofa Combines Amazing Design and Exotic Materials

We wonder whether furniture can really get any better than this: an Eames-style sofa, woven from the awesome material that is carbon fiber. This might be living room heaven. » 7/16/14 5:30am 7/16/14 5:30am

This Carbon Fiber Chair Is Lighter Than a Two-Liter Bottle Of Soda

You know that feeling when you reach for the milk carton and you think it's almost full but in fact it's nearly empty, so you way overcompensate on strength and nearly throw the thing over your shoulder? That's what picking up this Carbon Fiber chair is like. » 6/15/14 3:00pm 6/15/14 3:00pm

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

If You Want To Be Immune To Tasers Just Wear Carbon Fiber Clothing

It's no Iron Man suit, but if you've got a knack for civil disobedience and often find yourself on the business end of a Taser, the folks at Hackaday discovered that carbon fiber clothing can actually let you shrug off those electric shocks. » 3/05/14 4:20pm 3/05/14 4:20pm

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

Mark One: The World's First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

Carbon fiber is a wonderful material, strong and lightweight. But building with it is both intimidatingly complex and prohibitively expensive—which is why Mark Forged has developed this new 3D printer which can build objects layer-by-layer using the stuff. » 1/29/14 4:00am 1/29/14 4:00am

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

A Gorgeous Lightweight Carbon Fiber Bike Designed Exclusively For Kids

Children are impossible to please, no matter now many Lunchables you ply them with. But even the most ungrateful tykes will appreciate getting one of Mores stunning Petitpierre kids bikes crafted from carbon fiber so they're easier to ride and maneuver. » 6/14/13 10:30am 6/14/13 10:30am

If Batman Played Golf, This Is Probably What He'd Drive

As badass as the various Batmobiles have been over the years, no self-respecting country club would ever let one of them onto their courses. So if the Dark Knight were to ever slip away in the middle of the night to relax with a round of golf, the Mansory Currus is definitely what he'd be driving. » 3/01/13 10:32am 3/01/13 10:32am

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

This Gorgeous Carbon Fiber Sled Could Be Your Perfect Post-Frankenstorm…

If hurricane Sandy turns into a blizzard and dumps snow everywhere, the best way to get around Northeastern hills might be this lovely Snolo carbon fiber alpine sled. It's lightweight, it folds down for easy transport, and it looks like a Ferrari suited to six feet of snow. » 10/29/12 2:20pm 10/29/12 2:20pm

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