• Marvelling at the Commonplace in Nature

    Close inspection of familiar elements of our environment often reveals insights that can inform us when designing machines intended to perform in similar circumstances. Where designers have the ability to start from scratch, cumulatively selected natural structures show how an efficient arrangement can emerge from an arbitrary starting point, with a limited ‘kit of parts’. In both cases, constraints of material properties and processes influence the final shape and arrangement. In order to innovate, we must have a clear understanding of the desired outcome,

  • Drone Regulation

    The ongoing and nuanced discussion about drone regulation is rightly centered on operators’ responsibilities – addressed through measures such as licensing and operating restrictions. But there are multiple aspects that must be considered. It is critical that the discussion around drone regulation is measured and thoughtful, and part of it is looking beyond just that of the operators’ responsibilities because, without question, drones are a growing part of the future.

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    Aspects that must be considered when developing drone regulation for operators are extensive and varied.

  • 2015 Wrap

    2015 has been very rewarding at Carbonix. We’ve grown considerably and added full-process in-house capacity to ensure the highest levels of quality.

    Some exciting projects are in the pipeline for 2016. As well as continuing to manage growth, our commitment is to deliver on our promises. We aim to remain true to our founding principles: Creating value for our customers, making beautiful things that satisfy a demand and bring joy through elegant design and exquisite detailing. 

  • Paradox Testing Update

    The marine side of Carbonix has been busy validating the production setup for Version 3 of our Paradox A Class catamaran.

    Launching from our base on Cockatoo Island, sailors with Moth, multihull, and skiff backgrounds have piloted the boat, contributing valuable feedback.

    Here are some pics with notes on some of the specific innovative solutions being tested.

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    Boat all set up ready to launch: L foils are already in,

  • Under Lights

    Some images of a Paradox V3 A Class prototype expertly captured by Easton Chang.

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    Testing has been ongoing, with foils and rudders retrofitted to other platforms as well as configured as shown here.

    Action shots and video coming soon, plus detailed descriptions of the systems and the thinking that brought us to the latest configurations.

  • Not all drones are created equal: Where should we be investing?

    By Dario Valenza, Founder & CEO, Carbonix – high performance systems in advanced composites

    ‘Drone’ is the new buzzword in the tech world.  We read every day about new uses, across a steadily growing range of industries. And as players start the battle to claim their piece of the ‘early adopter’ drone pie, it’s important to understand that not all drones are created equal.

    To be more precise,

  • Mostro del Garda

    Congratulations to Marvin Baumeister for winning the Foiling Week regatta for kiteboards.
    He used (for the first time) an all-new foil package (vertical, fuselage, and horizontals) created with project and design co-ordination by Carbonix. CFD and optimisation was by D3 Applied Technologies. Tooling design by Carbonix…

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  • Update

    A couple of images from a busy shop. Our new website is nearing completion so more detailed info will be available soon, on our UAV work especially, as well as the ongoing foiling sailboat projects.

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  • Limiting

    Ongoing testing with different foiling configurations is confirming that ultimately righting moment will determine top speed.

    The diagram below nicely illustrates what happens as speed builds.
    The plot takes a constant true wind angle (heading relative to true wind direction). As boatspeed increases, the component of apparent wind from dead-ahead gets bigger, while the true wind velocity stays constant. Therefore the wind we feel on our sail moves progressively further forward.

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    Diagram taken from the interesting article here:
    http://boards.co.uk/how-to/how-fast-can-we-go-the-science-of-speed.html#AmZd7dgCcvAEmL31.97

    As apparent wind direction moves forward,