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Carbon fiber is made from a common industrial fiber call polyacrylanitrile fiber, also know as PAN. Most PAN fiber is used to make acrylic fiber. It is also used to make carbon fiber with a pyrolizing process, which means it is heat treated to ultra high temperatures to remove all elements except the carbon. Most carbon fiber sold at this point, and it has a tensile modulus of 33 million pounds per square inch (MSI). The tensile modulus is a measurement of stiffness. Carbon fiber composite material can be shaped into various forms.