Monday, June 9, 2008

08 Jun 08

We spent the first half of the day figuring out how to glue infuse the center of the nose mold. Glue infusion is a process which involves pulling a vacuum on a part and opening a valve to let the glue flow under vacuum pressure through flow lines set up in the bag. It results in a uniform, void-free laminate and requires no glue-spreading. Also, since the glue is not catalyzed until after the vacuum is pulled, you have no time constraints on setting up and pulling a vacuum. We were really happy with our first part, which finished wetting out at about 2:00pm, at which point we broke for lunch. After eating, we went to get some more material to glue infuse a part on the rear body mold. Caroline waxed the mold, and I fixed a couple areas with body filler. We cut the parts, and I finished taping around the edges by about 8:30pm. We hooked up the glue, and it wet the part out by about 9:15pm. We had a couple leak areas, and we chased those until a little after 10:30. We were drenched in sweat and covered in bug bites, so we decided to call it a night.

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