carbon fiber

noun

Definition of carbon fiber

: a very strong lightweight synthetic fiber made especially by carbonizing acrylic fiber at high temperatures also : a material made from such fibers embedded in a resinous matrix a high-performance automobile with a carbon fiber body

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On one side of the factory, technicians produced rolls of carbon fiber and built myriad payload fairings, which cannot yet be reused during a launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX reveals the controls of its Dragon spacecraft for the first time," 14 Aug. 2018 Constructed using lightweight carbon fiber, the NUS quadcopter drone weighs just 2.6 kilograms (about 5.7 pounds) and has 148 silicon solar cells. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Solar-powered quadcopter drone takes flight," 24 Aug. 2018 Changes to calibration in the engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as lightweighting with carbon fiber inside and titanium on the quad exhaust pipes provide a slight torque boost, from 502 to 516. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "The devil drives the 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR," 3 July 2017 The previous design for the rocket (which was then known as the BFR) had called for carbon fiber, but Musk recalculated and went with steel due to its durability, cost-effectiveness, and ductility. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk: The Popular Mechanics Interview," 25 Feb. 2019 On the outside, the McLaren 6T has a fluorescent orange highlight along the bottom edge of the phone’s frame, and a glossy black finish with a carbon fiber pattern weave under the back glass. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The most expensive OnePlus phone ever," 11 Dec. 2018 My specific Performance 3 loaner car had the $5,000 Performance Upgrade package: 20-inch wheels, a carbon fiber spoiler, and bigger brakes with the calipers painted red. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "My 72 Hours With the Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition," 13 Sep. 2018 The canopy’s shade is built out of carbon fiber modules that are integrated with sensors and communication technology. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Drones built a canopy that can follow the sun," 7 Sep. 2018 Size-wise, Brava falls into the same category as the June countertop oven, a $1,495 convection oven that uses carbon fiber heating elements that are designed to heat up quickly. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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