Does anyone know how easy it is to drill a couple of small holes in a carbon fiber frame? Can you use standard drill bits? (It’s near the edge of the plate)
Dead easy. But use a face mask. Use a standard metal bit and go slow to medium.
and hold/clamp the material down, if it wanders it makes a poor hole, also don’t let it breakthrough at the bottom 'cos it de-laminates easily
and as @notveryprettyboy says USE A FACE MASK it any gets in your lungs it will stay there till you die, the body cannot process carbon waste.
I don’t know … The proffesional company I use machine it dry so the fume extraction can remove the dust effectively.
But your idea has merit, worth a try, I don’t think it will soak into fibres.
Should be ok. Its pressure impregnated with resin or something like that. Don’t think a little water will harm it.
You can test it for us
think i’d pay someone to do it tbh
Cheers Steve I’ll have a think about it. Its a last resort really, I’m sure I will be able to do what I need without drilling holes. Just needed to know if its possible if I need to
I’ll be sure to let you know if I do it Karl, what’s the worst that can happen eh?
compared to re-hashing dead LiPo’s it’s a breeze
Hell yes it is! That’s something I won’t be trying anytime soon
Standard HSS drill bit
Drill slow, apply slight pressure but NEVER push hard.
Let the drill do the work.
Dust mask FF3
Then I always have the vacuum cleaner on at the same time angled to remove the particulate as I drill.
No need to wet as vacuum cleaner as above.
Cheers Steve thanks for the tips
Are you sure?
Pro machine shops use very high speed with carbide drills
I play it safe by wetting using a spray bottle, just enough to catch the dust. Depending hole diameter and carbon thickness I’ll use a pilot hole first, works a treat…
Sorry I think I have been miss understood.
I mean by slow, drill it slow not the speed of the drill revolution.
Thanks Njoro the plate thickness is 4mm and the holes will be probably 2mm diameter. If I do need to do this I will definitely use pilot holes
As said above use a high drill speed and low feed rate.
I usually place masking tape over it before drilling.
Water not an issue. I’ve cut CF using water jet with no negative effect.
If you have a demel use that as much higher rpm although a standard drill will suffice.
Clamp onto wood and keep pressure low towards end of hole to avoid delamination.
2mm hole will be a doddle.
Cheers Callum appreciate all the helpful tips