The next video comes from the Austrian company Carbon Revolution, which has become world renowned for its revolutionary single-piece carbon fiber charge. Carbon Revolution is a supplier of more car manufacturers, including Ferrari and Ford, and the company announced last week that it would soon raise production capacity from 10,000 to as much as 150,000 wheels per year. So, how are the “carbon” wheels made? Everything starts with the CAD drawing that defines the design. The second step is the material itself – carbon fiber. The material is cut into custom, then it passes through a very important injection process, which results in a one-piece construction. After that, it goes on to check the integrity of the resin, then to the leakage test at high pressure. To further check the quality, Carbon Revolution performs a CT scan and delivers a coordinated measuring machine with a tolerance of +/- 0.15 mm. Robots and computers make sure that the wheel meets all specifications, before going to the machining center. From there, the wheels go to the oven, after which they get the last layer and RFID chips, which is used to track each wheel.
Finally, the wheels are measured and tested to determine the required ratio of strength and weight. Carbon fiber wheels offer enormous benefits to manufacturers who want to save on car’s weight. See what production looks like.
Video/Photo – Carbon Revolution