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Friday, January 13, 2012

Light is Right

With the passing of ever increasing CAFE regulations, the auto manufacturers are looking to make their cars lighter in an effort to reduce fuel consumption while maintaining or improving their current performance envelope.  The everyday consumer market will hear about high tensile steel and aluminum structures that are more rigid yet lighter than previous versions of the same car.  This is even being touted by vanilla, people carrying toasters like the Camry.  For us enthusiasts, lightness usually comes in the form of carbon fiber, the most exotic material made from one of the most basic elements.  Check out this video of a carbon fiber weave under, what I assume is, an electron microscope.


  1. I'd be interested to see how they made that video, the SEMs I've used and seen aren't capable of anything near that as far as smooth zoom and focus. The transition from photo to optical to SEM is pretty obvious but the SEM part is pretty awesome. Either some crazy good editing or crazy expensive equipment or both.

  2. I couldn't think of anything else they could have used but then again we're not really in that field. You're right, though. The SEMs I've seen don't have this kind of ability