Many times the ability to make a material is not what brings about great changes. Many times it is having a cheap, easy to work manufacturing process that makes a material become commonplace.

Carbon fiber has been around for a while. But it has been religated to products that have very long term use; or the need for corrosian resistance; or for very light weight.

Many times it is a combination of those engineering needs that make carbon fiber a standard product. A good example is aircraft are now using carbon fiber for all those reasons.

But now a new process has been developed that may make carbon fiber a real alternative to metal or plastic in the future:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/03/carbon-fibre_composites

This may be a real game changer for the Truck, aircraft, boat and even the building market. Eventually we may even start seeing carbon fiber in production autos.

Suddenly, once again, I look forward to the future!

-Master of useless knowledge Dennis

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