One of many reasons I’m obsessed with carbon fiber is its inherent, natural beauty. While testing new materials, I haphazardly created this beautiful carbon fiber shape. The picture shows two layers of unidirectional carbon that is cross-plied together, wrapped around a tube and frozen in shape. Each layer consists of 12,000 (12k) individual carbon filaments. Notice how each layer gently spreads to conform to the shape. Beauty in the raw.