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Postby crabman » Sat Mar 31, 2007 11:02 am

Anyone using a pheumatic press in the construction of there kiteboards? Trying to find details and the benefits .Vacuum bagging simply takes to long .

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Postby Bigdog » Wed May 09, 2007 10:57 pm

I am considering a press. I would make the frame so it would be good for snowboards and kiteboards.

The only reason a snowboard press system is faster as you suggest is they use a silicone heat blanket right in the press. Nothing stopping you doing that with a vacuum setup either.

With medium speed resins a vacuum setup is fast enough and lends itself to changing all variables easily. Whereas a press you need to makes some VERY solid mold surface which keeps most small builders away.

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Postby munteruk » Mon May 14, 2007 12:54 pm

Making molds for the board would be a lot of work. They would need to be very strong and dimensionally exact. As mentioned above, this is fine for a manufacturer but a hassle for a low volume builder.

Good luck if you decide to go ahead. I'll be interested to hear how it turns out.

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Postby devin » Wed May 16, 2007 11:53 pm

i'm not using one myself, but am considering building one. the majority of the reading i've done is found on http://www.grafsnowboards.com. check out 'press' on the left hand side. a couple options to go by and some guidelines on how to get there.

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Postby greenkite » Thu May 17, 2007 7:44 pm

crabman email me ......we need to talk presses!

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