This class will cover instruction and a guided hands-on workshop in use of composite materials. Some of the materials you'll handle in the class include polymer epoxies, fiberglass,strengthening/thickening additives, and carbon fiber. These are the same materials used in performance Automotive, Marine, and Aerospace industries.
The mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird spyplane, the Boeing Dreamliner, and Formula F1 race cars are some of the cool things that are constructed of the same composite materials you'll be developing skills and making stuff with.
Consumer and hobbyist applications with composites can vary. Typical projects and applications range from art, furniture, enclosures, cases to high speed rockets and ultralight UAV's. Composites can be excellent repair materials for home, vehicle and furnishings when properly applied.
Course & Workshop Outline
- Project planning and set up.
- Materials selection
- Proper and safe handling of epoxy and materials.
- Mixing/pot life/cure times
- Basic bonding techniques-Hands On
- Basic laminating techniques-Hands On
Hands-on Workshop project: To be determined based on class size and skills. Sorry we won't have the time or resource to build a Formula One but we promise the project will be something you'll be proud of!
No matter how careful people are, they always manage to get epoxy on their clothing and shoes. The epoxies we work with will NOT wash off and any smears or spills will become permanent features. It is highly recommended that attendees wear something like painting or gardening clothes that they dont mind getting irreversibly damaged/stained by epoxy.
MakerBar will be offering an intermediate and advanced level composites class/workshop in subsequent months. These higher level workshops will build on the knowledge and skills developed in this class. These classes will offer challenging, cool projects.
There will be a 20 minute break in the class and you'll be provided a fun, high tech mystery snack!
John Foberg. John is a mechanical engineer with experience designing and fabricating High powered rockets with composite materials.
Teaching assistants: Luke Krill and Travis