Anisotropic VS. Isotropic: Why it Matters in Composites

On any given day we might sell a load of carbon fiber plates or sheets to a client who knows all about the strength-to-weight advantage composites have over alternative materials like steel and aluminum. That same client's end-using customers may not have any idea that carbon fiber is anisotropic where steel and aluminum are isotropic. Furthermore, they probably don't know why it matters. If you want to understand all the benefits of using composites over more traditional materials, the starting point is understanding that carbon fiber parts are often stronger, but perhaps more