Resin Infusion has been around now for a number of years but is still often referred to as "confusion" in many of the worlds boat yards because of the complexity of setting up a large Infusion shoot.
This technique will produce the best laminate possible with resin and dry fibre not to mention it is generally a much cleaner and more efficient method than traditional wet laminating.
There is no margin for error with this procedure and mistakes could be costly if the technicians do not have sufficient knowledge and experience to carry it out effectively.
Innovation3 with one hundred percent confidence and success can recommend this technique to our clients, when we feel infusion is necessary to achieve the optimum quality for the job in question.
Innovation3 have an extremely good knowledge of infusion and have been previously employed as consultants to some of the worlds largest shipyards due to our expertise in this particular field.
We have a 4.5m x 3m glass table dedicated to infusion. The surface finish is flawless when a flat part is released from the table. Impossible to achieve with any other process.
Very useful for creating carbon female tooling for use with pre-preg. This ensures the moulds behave the same as the carbon part being created which gives a better final result.
This technique is by no means restricted to the workshop. We are capable of setting up infusion wherever needed.
With both motor-sport and racing yachts in the teams background we excel at pre-preg laminating. We can and already have produced many complex components from pre-preg.
For those of you are not familiar with pre-preg laminating, the fibre in question is pregnated with resin which is stored in a freezer until it is needed. Then it is thawed out ready for use. You then have up to 30 days to laminate the component if necessary. It is then cooked under Vacuum in an oven @ 80ºc /100ºc for around 8/10 hours depending on cure cycle.
This technique is generally used to laminate very high spec parts and will produce the strongest and lightest laminate possible.
We also would advise this technique to be used for any parts that require a perfect cosmetic finish.
The components oven in the workshop measures 5m x 1m x 1m. Perfect for spreaders and bow sprits. It is also simple to extend for larger jobs.
For larger projects we utilise heat blankets and a mobile version of the heating unit installed in the main oven. This allows us to take on any projects anywhere.
Vacuum wet lamination.
As much as we like to use the latest techniques for our composite works. There will always be jobs where traditional wet lamination is required. With our race boat background we bring a touch of class to what can be a rough process in the wrong hands.
Where ever possible, no matter how small the job vacuum consolidation is our standard. This way fibre to resin content can be controlled and the end result is far better.