Composite Materials Fabrication Handbooks: An insight into the popular instructional books.
Although composite materials fabrication has been around for decades, few resources exist that detail the “how to” aspect of a good fabrication. Publications that cover the subject of composite materials often dive into the technical and mathematical aspect of the materials and their use. Too often, the typical do-it-yourselfer is alienated and forced to believe that doing a composite material fabrication is too complicated. This simply isn’t true. Granted, fabrication with composite materials does take skill, knowledge, and mechanical ability, but it is a trade that most people can learn.
The ‘Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook’ 1 & 2 by John Wanberg are excellent instructional books that deviate from the overly technical books of the past. They present hands-on, how to information that is easy to absorb and translate into any composite project. Fibre Glast carries both handbooks: Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1 and Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #2.
Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1
While most books on composites approach the subject from a very technical standpoint, CompositeMaterials presents practical, hands-on information about these versatile materials. From explanations of what a composite is, to demonstrations on how to actually utilize them in various projects, this book provides a simple, concise perspective on molding and finishing techniques that will empower even the most apprehensive beginner.
First-time composite workers will need a workspace and this book describes how to setup a shop that is both composite-friendly and safe. Once the shop is established, it’s time to begin using typical wet layup and molding techniques.
Creating useful composite parts starts with a good design, a topic that must be mastered before useful parts can be manufactured. The book documents and explains the creation of both motorcycle and automotive components. Any part created in a mold must be first removed from the mold, and second, finished and trimmed. Surface sanding and finishing makes up an entire chapter, ensuring that the composite parts you manufacture are not only light and extremely strong, but good looking as well.
If you’ve ever wondered how to use composites for some of your projects, or which resin/fiber system is best for small projects, look not further than CompositeMaterials, your complete guide to composite construction in a small, or home-based shop.
Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1 is 10% Off in December 2011 for $25.15.
Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #2
Composites Fabrication Handbook #2 is written for those who want to enhance the quality and performance of their composite projects. Learn what it takes to truly optimize a composite lamination for high-performance use.
Basic mold-making is covered in this book to help fabricators produce effective mold systems from a variety of molding materials. Several advanced molding techniques are demonstrated in-depth, including vacuum-bagging, trapped-rubber insert molding, inflatable bladder molding, or resin transfer molding techniques. In the spirit of Composites Fabrication Handbook #1, this book presents each subject in a hands-on, practical way.
Creating useful composite parts requires a good design, a topic that is discussed at length in this new book. The methods illustrated here lend themselves to both motorcycle and automotive builders and customizers. The construction of these parts is documented in step-by-step fashion with an abundance of photographs – no step is left out in this Composite Fabrication book from Wolfgang publications.
Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #2 is 10% Off in December 2011 for $25.15.