When carbon fiber is mentioned, most think “performance and lightweight”; both of which are true with Seibon Carbon products. What some don’t realize is that carbon fiber can be woven into more than one pattern.
Carbon fiber fabric is made from thousands and thousands of carbon fiber strands. These strands are then interlaced to create the weft and the warp. The form in which the weft and the warp are interwoven produces the weave pattern.
1) Twill Weave
If you own a Seibon Carbon product, chances are it’s made with the twill weave pattern. This pattern has grown immensely in popularity. In this pattern, one or more warp fibers weave over and under two or more weft fibers in a repeated manner.
Some believe twill weave is easier to work with than straight weave. This is partially true as the weave is not as tightly woven as with straight weave fabric. However, twill weave can be easily distorted because of its complexity!
Most of Seibon Carbon’s products offer this pattern, unless otherwise stated.
2) Straight Weave
Straight weave, also known as plain weave, is popular for its “checker-like” appearance. In this weave pattern, each warp fiber passes alternately under and over each weft fiber. Contrary to what most believe, this weave pattern is the most difficult fabric to work with; mainly because of the weave’s tightness. One wrong move and the whole fabric could be ruined!
Seibon Carbon offers a wide variety of straight weave products because who doesn’t like a challenge?!
Browse straight weave products here.
3) V- Weave
V-weave is named after its “v” like appearance. The history behind it is that many years ago carbon fiber European manufacturers tried making carbon fiber hoods for exotic super cars. At that time, they didn’t have carbon fiber sheets wide enough to cover the car’s whole hood. Instead, they put two pieces of fabric together and that’s when the V pattern was “born”.
Fast forward to today, with advances in weaving technology and experience with craftsmanship, the “V” pattern can be achieved at a lower cost than before and therefore, offered to more enthusiasts.
Seibon Carbon’s OEM style hood is first in its product line to feature this weave pattern. What do you think?
Of course there are more carbon fiber weave patterns–these are just Seibon Carbon’s Top 3!
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