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:
- Fred has pre-built a wood part in the shape of the arm cover
- The class will use the wood part to make a fiberglass mold
- Once we make our mold, each student will make separate carbon fiber arm covers
- 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.
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.