The carbon fiber is produced from polymer fibers like Rayon or PAN (Polyacrylonitrile) that are transformed through heat treatments into a filiform material totally made of carbon atoms. It has a typical black colour and it is made of thousands of filaments that are joined together forming a textile fiber.
Carbon fiber is used principally to produce high-performance components in different fields, from automotive to aerospace, from textile to medical. In many cases the mechanical properties of carbon fiber are used togheter its unique and elegant aesthetics in order to create design objects and to evaluate the product aesthetics.
Carbon fiber, in order to be trasformed into a finished product, must be mixed with a matrix that impregnates the fibers and transforms them into a rigid laminate of defined shape. The matrix is usually a thermoplastic material (Nylon for example) or a thermosetting resin.