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Carbon Fiber Mold Making Workshop

This is a one-day introductory workshop on how to make a one-part mold using fiberglass and epoxy in order to build carbon fiber parts.

The class focuses on building an arm cover for the popular SM450 multicopter. The curriculum will be something like this:

  1. Fred has pre-built a wood part in the shape of the arm cover
  2. The class will use the wood part to make a fiberglass mold
  3. Once we make our mold, each student will make separate carbon fiber arm covers
  4. After the carbon fiber part sets, we will do some finishing work to it

We will be working with a one-part mold and will not get into how to make multiple part molds. The class will provide all materials and supplies. The class will run a bit long because we have to wait for epoxy to dry as we move through the process. Plan for about 3 hours to get through everything.

 

Pictures!

The top black piece is a finished carbon fiber arm cover mounted atop a 450 arm.

 

The lower black and red piece is a finished arm partially painted red (for decoration or distinguishing direction on the vehicle)

 

 

 

 

 

The upper red piece is the wooden arm mockup.

 

The lower black piece is the fiberglass mold. It's very thick and rigid to support a solid carbon fiber layup.

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Gustavo Z.

    Are there plans for a another workshop?

    April 22, 2013

    • Fred B.

      We have not set any specific dates yet but there are plans to run the class several more times.

      April 22, 2013

  • Keith

    Even though I didn't have a specific project in mind for the carbon fiber I thought I'd take the class since I was going to be hanging out anyway. I learned a lot and I'm glad I took the class even though I don't know how I'll use it yet.

    April 22, 2013

  • Ted M.

    Excellent instruction. Fred brought everything we could possibly need for any situation and his experience is invaluable when getting started in this hobby

    April 22, 2013

  • Martin P.

    Great presentation and hands on experience. If you have ever been interested in carbon fiber, fiber glass, or similar molding this workshop should excite you!

    April 22, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Really informative hands on workshop. I feel confident that I'd be able to work with Carbon Fiber on my own now. Had a great time and I can see this becoming a popular class.

    April 21, 2013

  • Steve S

    I would also like to attend if there is a cancelation.

    April 19, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Right now I would like to keep the group small because this is the first time running the class. I want to make sure everything runs smooth and get some student feedback before I set additional dates. Assuming everything runs smooth you can expect to see more class dates very soon.

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • David S.

    Are you open to having people come to observe only?

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Hunter J.

    This looks great. I'm not seeing a waitlist option for this one, but I'm in if anyone has last minute schedule changes. Have fun!

    April 18, 2013

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