Hypetex – Colored Carbon Fiber

colored carbon fiberHypetex is a bew colored carbon fiber available in bright, brilliant colors.  I’m not quite sure how they’ve managed to make black carbon into these colors, but am assuming that the carbon fiber strands are coated in color before being woven into traditional carbon fiber mats for production in any product.

Naturally, you can expect to see Hypetex appear in automotive applications where carbon fiber is already prized for its combination of light weight and stiffness.  Cars are often left unpainted to show off the carbon fiber weave, or the weave contains other materials such as titanium threads to enhance its beauty (such as Pagani or the Koenigsegg Trevita).  Chairs and other home furnishings are another possibility.  The most interesting application I foresee though is personal electronics.  Imagine the rear shell of your iPad being constructed from this material.  Beautiful, rigid, lightweight…I think it’s only a matter of time before Apple moves away from aluminum and towards carbon fiber for their products…and this colored carbon fiber will only hasten that transition.

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