How-To Geek

Weekend Project: Build a Carbon Fiber Case for Your Favorite Gadget

Want to protect your favorite gadget from harm and build your geek cred in the process? Craft a custom carbon fiber case for it.

If you’ve ever seen carbon fiber you’ve likely thought it was some sort of space age material that could only be crafted under carefully controlled conditions in a factory.

While it certainly is rather space age’ish (carbon nanotubes anyone?) it turns out that it’s surprisingly easy to work with. All you need to create a custom case is a mold (usually a block of wood cut down to the size of the object you’re making the case for), some carbon fiber, resin, and a little patience.

Hit up the link below to read the step-by-step instructions courtesy of Make Magazine’s Projects wiki.

Carbon Fiber Primer [Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/8/11

Comments (3)

  1. Isaac

    This is cool, but my Galaxy Tab seems like it’d be a daunting task.

  2. bobro

    Go for it Isaac, i think it would be cool on a Galaxy Tab, let us all know how you get on! :)

    does anyone know would this be Strong and ridgid? i want to make a small case to hold my meds currently its in a lunch box that is a bit bigger than i would need if i could make a strong case, but cant find one to buy for the measurements i want


  3. Tommy

    Carbon fiber is used in all types of fields especially because its strong, rigid, and LIGHT. If you’ve ever used fiberglass for anything carbon fiber runs along the same lines only carbon is lighter for the same strength or stronger for the same weight. I fabricate prosthetic limbs, and we use carbon fiber in all our legs. 2-4 layers of carbon fiber braid (depending on patient weight and activity) is strong enough to bear the weight and activity of a full grown adult. You are not likely to find any substance that is comparable in strength and rigidity thats this light.
    Caution: The edges of carbon fiber laminations can be extremely sharp. Small carbon fibers can get into a would and cause infection. Be sure to small all edges of your finished case.

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