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John sent in a preview of his carbon fiber Macbook air!

I enjoyed your macbook air monkey etching, pt, so I thought you’d like to see the first shots of my mod… a replacement carbon fiber back. I haven’t weighed it yet, but it’s definitely lighter than the stock aluminum version… and little flimsier.

This was my first try at carbon fiber, so there’s still more work to be done… version 2 will be 33% thicker (and much stronger). I also need to sand & clearcoat it to make it look prettier. And add air ventilation holes, too. It will hopefully not have those air bubbles on the feet, either… I think it’s off to a good start.

I’ll put up the gory details on my website when I get a little further.

From the pages of MAKE:
Make Pt0462
Working with Carbon Fiber – Form, lay up, and cure your own high-performance composites – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. Pavel says:


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  3. Wee Sean says:

    Patent this and consider it to a major company, seeeeexy! At least for those that appreciate carbon fiber

  4. MacBandit says:

    It can be painted and thus not have that cheap ricer look.

  5. morcheeba says:

    I’ve thrown up a web page with more details on the project:

  6. Mighty Hambone says:

    Do not taunt the Wan! He will melt you with his powerful noggin waves!
    MSCD ID!!!

  7. Jesus Christ says:

    Thanks for showing us what we shouldn’t do to the Macbook Air.

  8. Poppy says:

    i love apple stuff and carbon fiber :) I found these cool other carbon fiber case mods fro the iPhone.

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  10. Mach 3 Composites carbon fiber MacBook Air case with a waterproof zipper.