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Cutting Station
Easily work with multiple fabrics

This composite cutting station is ideal for storing and cutting composite reinforcement fabrics. It has two bars for holding fabrics, each up to 52" wide, with the lower bar holding up to 150 pounds and the top bar holding up to 70 pounds.

With a tension bar and tension guide, fabrics can be pulled onto the table and kept smooth and even. The table area is 30" deep by 64" wide allowing plenty of room to cut your fiberglass fabric and still offering enough room to work on your part.

Nearly a yard off the floor, the ergonomic height is ideal for most adults.

Dimensions: Width: 64" Height: 59" Depth: 30"

Freight shipping is required.
Assembly is required upon receipt.
Complete Composite Workcenter
Keep materials organized and accessible

This workcenter has everything you need to keep your fabric and supplies organized and accessible. The single fabric rolling bar is 66" wide, holds up to 200 pounds, and is capable of handling a roll up to 32" in diameter. This is ideal for even heavy mats, fiberglass, carbon fiber or Kevlar® fabrics, and woven roving.

The extra large work table is 96" wide and 36" deep. With a tension guide and tension bar, your fabrics can be held in place and the large work area allows plenty of room to maneuver.

Two 72"-wide shelves are plenty for your tools and supplies. The top shelf is 13" deep and comes with 7 dividers that can be positioned to suit along the multiple installation points. The lower shelf is 8" deep and allows you to store objects up to 10" tall.

This workcenter is also equipped with an extra sturdy storage drawer for easy access to your cutting tools and supplies. Ergonomically designed at 35" from the floor, there is no need for stooping. Have a more efficient composite manufacturing work space.

Dimensions: Width: 96" Height: 76" Depth: 36"

Freight shipping is required.
Assembly is required upon receipt.
Disposable Body Suit
Full-Body Protection in One Piece


Laminating can be a dirty job. Make sure you keep the chemicals and dust off your clothes—and away from your skin.

Disposable Body Suits made from Maxshield offer a double layer of full-body protection that holds out dirt, dust, aerosols, spills, and splashes.
  • Zip-up fronts make them easy to step into—they're lightweight and breathable for wear.
  • Maxshield is designed to provide enhanced strength and flexibility to resist rips and punctures.
  • With Maxshield products, you get the protection that other top brands provide at two-thirds of the costs.
  • Wear suits all day long, and pitch them when the project's finished—they are not recommended for use with washing machines.

Setting Up A Composite

Shop


Over the past forty years, Fibre Glast Developments has supplied thousands of new customers with materials they had never seen, and taught them to use them successfully. However, we rarely discuss the lessons we have learned about organizing the composite shop itself. This discussion is long overdue. Newcomers to composite materials need some guidance in this area, and veterans can surely benefit from some degree of restructuring.

In the "Perfect" Shop, there are always plenty of spaces to work, warm temperatures to quickly cure resin, and no fumes. In reality, most shops are cramped, dark and dirty. The ideal composite shop should be safe, clean, and well ventilated. To keep the work fun and comfortable, cutting racks and benches can also be built to store materials and hold molds at appropriate working heights. The following suggestions should help anyone safely handle composites and create the "Perfect Shop" in any setting.

Composite materials can be quite safe when handled properly. Read and understand all the safety and general handling instructions provided on the material containers. For more details, consult the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the materials you will be handling and storing. In general, limit personal exposure to the chemical resins by wearing gloves, safety glasses, an organic vapor respirator and protective clothing while handling them. If exposure does occur, quickly wash with soap and water. Finally, sanding and grinding dust must be kept out of the lungs. Always wear a respirator during the finishing steps, and vacuum up dust as it is created.

Anyone who has ever worked with polyester resin in a closed room knows how overwhelming the fumes can be. Ventilation may be obvious with polyester resin, but it is just as important with epoxy. Some individuals are extremely sensitive to epoxy, and high concentrations of fumes can be enough to severely irritate the skin. If the lungs become irritated and inflamed, the affected individual may need immediate medical attention. Furthermore, sensitization can be developed over time in individuals who showed no previous reaction. This bleak picture can be eliminated with simple planning. An exhaust fan blowing out of a window near the workstation will often suffice. As the jobs get larger so do the ventilation demands. Make sure that an inlet source of fresh air is also available to create a cross-draft. Unfortunately, the cross-draft will cool a room during the winter months in most parts of the country. It will be necessary to maintain both ventilation and optimum resin curing temperature in the workshop to achieve good results. This is not the time to try to save on the heating bill. Maintain temperatures as specified on the product labels, or wait until the conditions warm up.

General cleanliness and organization will save both time and money. Fiberglass and composite work can be a dirty job. However, at many professional facilities, the work areas are spotless. It appears that this is achieved in two ways. First, as much dust as possible is collected at the source. Tool guards with built in vacuum attachments are available and are the best way to contain dust. If this equipment is not used, simply tape the hose of a shop vac to the work surface. The vacuum will remove much of the mess.

The second way professionals control contamination is to physically separate the various procedural steps of the lamination process. Most companies have clean rooms where reinforcing fabrics and vacuum bagging materials are stored, cut and handled. These materials are generally the most expensive and easily ruined, so building the storage racks and cutting tables is well warranted. Grinding and finishing are also separated for obvious reasons. If space is not a problem, set up a third room for laminating. If this is not possible, double up in the grinding area. Just don't expect to perform both tasks simultaneously. The clean room should remain just that: clean.

Another important part of optimal shop set-up is creating comfortable working conditions. Larger scale projects can be brutal on the back and arms due to the repetitive motions and distances which must be covered within molds. Build risers or benches to hold molds at comfortable working heights during fabrication.

A comfortable and well lit work environment leads to better parts and quicker fabrication. A final recommendation is to build a fabric rack and cutting table for storing and handling reinforcement. Better yet, combine them. A fabric rack that has a cutting table hinged to it is a great way to save space. When it is not needed, the table folds up and out of the way much like a wall mounted ironing board or day bed. When the table is folded up it also protects the fabric from dust, UV light, and other contaminants. The bars of the rack can be made from closet rods or water pipe, and slipped through holes on the sides of the rack. Keep in mind that most reinforcements are available up to 60 inches wide. Your table needs to be as wide as your widest fabric. Fabric stored and protected in this way will have a much longer shelf-life.

To some, these suggestions may appear quite obvious. This subject was selected to help newcomers get off to the right start, but hopefully there are some organizational hints that everyone will wish to incorporate. To continue to gain the amazing advantages of composites for years to come, workers must respect the materials and take certain precautions now. This organization actually improves the comfort of working with composite materials and the quality of the finished parts. Begin planning like a professional and the results will be professional as well!








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