Category — Instructional Materials

Customer Focus: Christopher Couch and his High Altitude Photography Platform

(CC0 Public Domain)   As a child, or at least child-at-heart, we’ve all dreamt of building our own space craft. I mean, NASA sent a man to the moon 47 years ago using computers that occupied entire floors of the building. Surely this is something I can design now on my tablet and some garage […]

October 5, 2016   2 Comments

Beginners Guide: The basics of Epoxy Resins

When it comes to strength, nothing quite competes with Epoxy. Lets take a look, shall we?

July 27, 2016   No Comments

Beginners Guide: The basics of Urethane Resins

An introduction into Urethanes. Whether you’re looking to create great parts, new prototypes or molds, Urethanes can be a great choice for fabricators.

July 18, 2016   2 Comments

Polyester vs Vinyl Ester Resins

Polyester or Vinyl Ester? The resin you choose can have a big impact on the final outcome of your project. What are the differences between Vinyl Ester Resin and Polyester? and which is right for your project?

January 6, 2016   3 Comments

Beginners Guide: Mix and Pour Foam

Mix and Pour Foam

How can you use Mix and Pour foam in your next sculpting application? Everything you need to know, in order to get started.

December 7, 2015   2 Comments

Choosing the Right Resin

Epoxy, Polyester, Vinyl Ester; a quick, practical, need-to-know guide on resins before you start your next composites project.

October 22, 2015   58 Comments

Generate Some Heat with Polyester Laminations

HeatFabricating parts can be like a good dinner date—and we’ve got some tips to make sure things end how you’d like them to.

June 18, 2014   No Comments

Carbon Fiber Guitar Built Via TechShop

Carbon Fiber Guitar
Check out this carbon fiber guitar (and great project overview) made by Instructables user “workislove”. He hand-crafted a composite guitar using carbon fiber and fiberglass with an epoxy resin base for a playable, durable instrument he created himself.

March 21, 2013   1 Comment

Two New Instructional DVD’s Available From Fibre Glast

Instructional DVD's Available From Fibre Glast

Fiberglass Osmosis Repair Secrets and Below the Waterline Hull Restoration are the two new fiberglass and composite material DVD’s available from Fibre Glast. For fiberglass repair and boat maintenance, these videos contain useful information for the do-it-yourselfer.

Fiberglass Osmosis Repair Secrets is a new instructional DVD that shows you in real time how to do below the waterline repairs ranging from minor blisters to severe osmosis. This DVD will show you how to remove layers of old antifoul paint and how to pressure wash and clean the yellow water line also known as the scum line. Setting up the gel coat stripper is illustrated along with steam cleaning the stripped hull.

Below the Waterline Hull Restoration is a new instructional DVD aimed at keeping your boat in tip top condition. This DVD will show you how to mix and apply epoxy primer, apply and grind epoxy putty to the final finish as well as how to mix and apply epoxy paint. Edge trimming and masking techniques will be shown in addition to mixing and applying the material to combat antifouling.

December 20, 2012   1 Comment

Composite Materials Handbook #3 : A Look Inside

Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook 3

Handbook #3 starts off where Handbook #2 ended, expanding on mold-making techniques including special methods for creating molds and composite copies of existing parts, fabricating molds from clay models, and making advanced mold systems using computer modeling software. Several alternative methods of fabricating one-off parts are presented in this book, including molding over frameworks and human forms, as well as using stock composites to build simple structures.

December 6, 2012   No Comments