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If you're still looking, this is the only "Carbon Fiber" mouse I've seen:
http://rbmods.com/nexus-sm-9000c-silent-mouse/

Last I knew the only place you could find it was on ebay from some etailer.

I've never actually seen any mouse with real carbon fiber though.
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If it is strong enough for a full computer case; there should be no reason for it not to be strong enough for a mouse casing.
See here: Osidias. I know there is a page on that project log where the builder has his daughter stand/jump on the case to show how strong it actually is, I just don't have the patience to look through 30+ pages of log to find it.
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700

so there is the picture you were talking about... long ass thread.

No, strength is not an issue... that case would easily support more weight. Carbon is amazingly strong. That's why they make air planes and race cars out of it. You should see the ibeams made from carbon that they use on the new boeing jets... knock on it and it sounds like metal. Also that case is an open box, plus it looked like he was only laying down layers in a standard 0/90 degree ply orientation. Also he was doing one layer, letting it cure, then adding another layer. These could all be tweaked if you really wanted a case that could support the entire weight of a semi... I made a small bridge for a contest and it weighed 600g and supported over a thousands pounds. Some of the others supported up to 14,000 pounds...

That case looks like it was a good bit of work... It always is. Thanks for the heads up on that thread, it's pretty good info. I'm super far away from making a case but, who knows...
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700
so there is the picture you were talking about... long ass thread.
No, strength is not an issue... that case would easily support more weight. Carbon is amazingly strong. That's why they make air planes and race cars out of it. You should see the ibeams made from carbon that they use on the new boeing jets... knock on it and it sounds like metal. Also that case is an open box, plus it looked like he was only laying down layers in a standard 0/90 degree ply orientation. Also he was doing one layer, letting it cure, then adding another layer. These could all be tweaked if you really wanted a case that could support the entire weight of a semi... I made a small bridge for a contest and it weighed 600g and supported over a thousands pounds. Some of the others supported up to 14,000 pounds...
That case looks like it was a good bit of work... It always is. Thanks for the heads up on that thread, it's pretty good info. I'm super far away from making a case but, who knows...


That's the one. biggrin.gif
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Cloudx: So you're building sway bars that aren't solid bars? You have pics? I'd be interesting in hearing about that. What advantages would they have?

Tubular steel bars are stiffer and lighter than solid steel bars when talking about. I'm assuming he's using tubular carbon fiber in this case?
Edited by Cabbs - 11/21/11 at 6:52pm
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To update, I got a piece started... just clayed up the piece on the tooling board, put on some resin and chop matt, gonna let it cure then reinforce with some woven. Maybe lay up another layer tomorrow if I have a chance. I'm just using gp polyester resin, so the mold won't be anything to show off but should be able to get a part out of it if it's decent. I can definitely use more practice. We'll see what happens.
Cloudx: So you're building sway bars that aren't solid bars? You have pics? I'd be interesting in hearing about that. What advantages would they have?
I've done lots of car work so know how much that can help, but all for street/track cars.
And don't get me started on mazdas. I'm a big mazda guy. I've had 8 Rx7s and one miata. Still drive an 84 GSL-SE. Loved every one of my cars.
That computer sounds like it's a good workhorse. Much better than mine... I"m in dire need of an upgrade. :-(
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Tubular steel bars are stiffer and lighter than solid steel bars when talking about. I'm assuming he's using tubular carbon fiber in this case?

We thought about making some strut braces out of carbon fiber with stainless steel ends into the tubing.. that's perfectly strong and the lightest ever, Buu the price... No one would want to buy a $400+ strut tower brace. On some cars the difference is hard to notice. We used USA dom tubing. Check that thread out in my post on 1st page. smile.gif I had pasted the link incorrectly the first time and didn't catch it till much much later.. I'm actually on the machine I just built.
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We thought about making some strut braces out of carbon fiber with stainless steel ends into the tubing.. that's perfectly strong and the lightest ever, Buu the price... No one would want to buy a $400+ strut tower brace. On some cars the difference is hard to notice. We used USA dom tubing. Check that thread out in my post on 1st page. smile.gif I had pasted the link incorrectly the first time and didn't catch it till much much later.. I'm actually on the machine I just built.

Strut bars tend to make the biggest difference in cars with MacPherson strut suspension versus double-wishbone suspension designs or variations of it because of the way loads are distributed. MacPherson strut setups don't have an upper control arm so the Strut and strut tower take up the load that the upper control arm would take on a double-wishbone suspension. The biggest reason I'd throw a strut bar on my Miata is for the master cylinder support on the Carbing model.

I really like that sway bar though, especially the three-way adjustment. Allows users a little bit of tuning the handling balance of their cars. Now start making NA Miata parts thumb.gif

Talk about being off-topic haha. I'd like to see some CF mouses though, love me some lightweight mice. I don't know if I'd pay for one though haha biggrin.gif
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Strut bars tend to make the biggest difference in cars with MacPherson strut suspension versus double-wishbone suspension designs or variations of it because of the way loads are distributed. MacPherson strut setups don't have an upper control arm so the Strut and strut tower take up the load that the upper control arm would take on a double-wishbone suspension. The biggest reason I'd throw a strut bar on my Miata is for the master cylinder support on the Carbing model.
I really like that sway bar though, especially the three-way adjustment. Allows users a little bit of tuning the handling balance of their cars. Now start making NA Miata parts thumb.gif
Talk about being off-topic haha. I'd like to see some CF mouses though, love me some lightweight mice. I don't know if I'd pay for one though haha biggrin.gif

mmm i love my adjustable rear sway bar on my impreza 2.5rs oversteer ftw wink.gif
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So layed up a some more layers and the mold seemed sturdy enough, so I demolded it and removed the plug. Looks pretty good, probably not 100% but we'll see once I make a part. I don't have any gel coat so I'll just make the first one raw. In the final piece I'd use epoxy, which would give a more durable finish, plus i can use it as the surface coat as well as the lamination resin. I'm satisfied so far. I also don't have a dremel to cut with but maybe I'll do that in my class in a few weeks. The holiday season is upon me and I'm going to have to do some traveling tongue.gif bleh tongue.gif
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Now start making NA Miata parts thumb.gif
Talk about being off-topic haha. I'd like to see some CF mouses though, love me some lightweight mice. I don't know if I'd pay for one though haha biggrin.gif

Carbon Miata parts? Aren't there a bunch of carbon parts for the NA? Yah I first got into this stuff from making car parts, but big parts are expensive and it sucks when you mess up on a hood mold and have to throw it in the trash. puke.gif
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