$15,000 Carbon Fiber Biometric Scanner Door

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If you have a glass lobby in your office/home, and want to really impress your clients/friends…it’s time for you to get in touch with Choate Carbon out of Brazil.  Choate Carbon was commissioned by a wealthy local (Brazil) businessman to build a carbon fiber door for his home lobby elevator area:

Carbon fiber door

Carbon fiber door

The door was manufactured using vacuum bagging, 300k twill (2X2), divinycell and polypropylene honeycomb core, epoxy resin, and finished with a matte lacquer with U.V. additives.  It weighs 99lbs and is 7.5’x4.9′.  The final cost was around $15,000.

Carbon fiber door handle area

Carbon fiber door

The door features a biometric finger print scanner for the lock, which is also wrapped in carbon fiber goodness.

Carbon fiber biometric finger print scanner

Patrick Choate from Chaote Carbon has been keeping me abreast of the development of the door for a couple of months now, we’re both really excited to see the final product.  The project started out with some development drawings:

Carbon fiber door development

Carbon fiber door development

The design is quite modern, and I love how it fits the frameless glass in the room.  The handle is simply an inset into the door, which is great…it adds to the simplistic modern aspect of it.  This has most definitely proven Choate’s skill in carbon fiber product development, and we’re excited to see what is to come.

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  • dodo

    who cares?

  • Me

  • Rodolpho

    Me too

    • Yeah, me too.

      Not so tough now, huh?

  • Demetrius

    Those fingerprint scanners can be defeated with a xerox copy of a fingerprint! …saw it on MythBusters.

  • Bendy

    Don’t get it… what’s the weird obsession with carbon fiber for pointless applications? Thought everyone outgrew the carbon-fiber stage by 16 (unless in industrial design).

    • reader 2

      Am I the only one bothered by the lack of craftsmanship on this? Evident in the 2nd and especially the 5th photo. Makes my skin crawl to look at it.

      An example that proves the axiom that I tell my students: designs done in an effort to do “something different,” “something new,” or–god forbid–“something cool” run the risk of being (instead) something quite hideous.

      Or… as Charles Eames was known to say, “Innovate as a last resort.”

      End of rant.

  • What to charlie? How about a carbon fiber girlfriend!

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  • 33scottie33

    Where is the peephole?

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  • Carbon Fiber is great for buildings, & bridges,
    especially furniture, etc….

  • Ralf

    There really is a lack of design here – bet this guy has no industrial design background….just Carbon Fiber lying around

  • Ken

    We built a similar door for a client in hong kong for 1/10th of the price.

    • Send us some pictures and info.

  • Amy

    I think this is awesome, and I’d love to buy one for my own house someday. Carbon fiber is extremely durable, has amazing thermal, electrical, and tensile properties, and looks nice to boot. The particular use in a door would obviously be for protection, as it would be nearly impossible to break through.

    And just because some fingerprint detection devices today may be hacked with a copy of your fingerprint, that doesn’t mean engineers can’t very easily fix that problem. I’m just an electrical engineering senior college student, and I can easily think of one very simple solution: adding sensors that measure conductivity, like in surface acoustic wave touch screens. Paper is an insulator; a finger has a certain conductance. Voila, no more printed paper hacks. And if you make sure that the conductance is the same range of the conductance of skin, you won’t have people hacking into it with printed or etched metals, either.


    It is not very difficult to get through this door… just a drill and a jigsaw..Carbon fiber is not “bullet-proof” and extremely strong like most people think…It’s just in comparison to weight a very strong material