What is a carbon fiber weave?
Weaves are generally referred to as: 1×1, 4X4, 3X1, etc. The first number refers to the strand going “over” the other strand that many times. The second number refers to the number of strands being crossed “under” before going back over the perpendicular strands. An example would be for a 2×2 weave, you will see it created: over, over, under, under, over, over, etc.
- Plain Weave
- Twill Weave
- Harness Satin Weave
- Unidirectional Weave
What does 3k, 6k, 12k mean for carbon fiber?
The K is a measurement of how many thousands of strands per bundle. A bundle can commonly be referred to as the tow of carbon fiber. For example, a fabric that uses 6k bundles is made up of 6,000 strands in each bundle. Another thing to consider is that the larger the tow (bundle), the more difficult it is for the fabric to drape around complex shapes.