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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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closed as off topic by Qmechanic, Manishearth, Sklivvz Dec 28 '12 at 12:39

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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 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, which looks the sort of thing that would be suitable for you.

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