Why is carbon fiber a symbol of innovation?
There is certain secrecy surrounding carbon fiber. It is a material that was born in the aerospace and military world, hence its secrecy.
This lack of information for the user has generated a lot of counterfeit products or articles that claim to be made with carbon fiber.
In simple terms, we can say that carbon fiber consists of multiple carbon atoms aligned, forming a structure of filaments joined together in the form of strands.
Each filament has a diameter of ± 8 microns, and each strand can have from 1,000 to 50,000 carbon fiber filaments.
Parameter 'K' identifies the number of filaments per strand (1K, 3K, 6K, up to 50K), where 1K = 1,000 filaments, 24K = 24,000 filaments, and so on.
These strands of filaments are woven together to form carbon fiber fabrics.
The 1K weave has the lowest number of filaments per strand, the highest precision, the highest stability, the highest mechanical strength and, consequently, the highest cost.
It's the most technical ultralight fabric ever, used in aerospace and aeronautical applications, and it is also the one we use in our watches.
It's a symbol of innovation because it's as strong as steel at a similar weight to plastic.
A perfect balance
In addition to being inert to corrosion, it's also repairable and recyclable. A perfect balance between technological progress, innovation and sustainability.
Now we need to transform this flexible weave into a unique and lightweight piece with unique mechanical properties.
We received the carbon fiber weave in two formats:
- Dry, to undergo a process of polymer resin infusion and vacuum consolidation.
- Pre-frozen in refrigerated transport, which is stored at -18°C sealed in a polyethylene bag to prevent moisture absorption.
The matrix used for this 'transformation' is a clear epoxy resin, with excellent mechanical strength, clarity, and UV stability.
Once the weave layers have been configured and stacked, they are inserted into a vacuum consolidation system composed of various absorption and aeration weaves.
It is then placed in an autoclave oven with constant vacuum pressure at a temperature of 100°C for 12 hours.
Once the resin has hardened, we unmold and carry out microscopic quality control, where we discard any piece with any deviation, however imperceptible it may be.
We achieve maximum stability and flatness with symmetrical weaves and weights from front to back, creating an even distribution of strength and precision.
The final precision cutting is carried out with high-pressure water at 2,000 bar using CNC.
Our models are pieces of engineering subjected to this complex manufacturing process, with an aerospace level of demand.