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I'm interested in building a robot with a carbon shell, and was wondering where I could find some ressources about how to work with carbon. For example, where to find it, how to shape it, and how to work with it.

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Graphite carbon is not very solid, it makes a mess, and diamond is hard and expensive. Why would you want a carbon shell? It's a strange question. You could make something using hard coals, but what's wrong with metal or plastic? –  Ron Maimon May 1 '12 at 23:29
    
I figured it was light and resistant, and I also like how it looks like. Metal is heavy and plastic isn't resistant. –  hkcktk May 3 '12 at 0:37
    
Hmm, this is more of an engineering question, and thus off topic. Please read the faq before posting a question here :) –  Manishearth Dec 28 '12 at 12:39
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Are you getting mixed up with "carbon fibre"? This is a composite material made from epoxy resin strengthened with carbon fibres and it's widely used where very strong but light materials are needed. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon-fiber-reinforced_polymer for details.

If it is carbon fibre you're interested in then just Google for "carbon fibre" or something similar. I've just tried this and immediately found http://www.carbonmods.co.uk/Departments/carbon-fiber-kits.aspx, which looks the sort of thing that would be suitable for you.

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