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new partnerships

74 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE COMPETITION

FEMALE MOLD CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

DISCOVER OUR NEW SPONSORSHIPS

WE’RE OFFICIALLY ENROLLED IN THE COMPETITION

NEWSLETTER TÉCNICO SOLAR BOAT

“THE FIRST FEMALE MOLD IS CONCLUDED”

APRIL Another month of hard work has passed by at Trimarine and we’re glad to announce that the first female mold is

completely finished. In this month’s edition we explain the process followed by our team in order to obtain this female mold. In addition you’ll also find some photos

of the entire process! We’re also revealing our latest partnerships so keep on reading to find out more!


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FEMALE MOLD Having finished the male mold and obtaining a completely smooth surface, it’s time to start laminating the female mold. This female mold will work as a support for the lamination of the hull. Before applying the glass and carbon fiber, it’s necessary to apply the release agent and the gelcoat on the male mold. The release agent is a product that allows us to demold the female mold from the male mold. The gelcoat is used for capturing the surface of the male mold perfectly. To finish this first part of the process, a layer of fiber glass is laminated with epoxy resin onto the gelcoat layer while it’s still sticky to ensure a good adhesion. Now we’re ready to start laying the fibers. We begin by cutting them to the right measurements and then we impregnate them (applying resin). We then alternated between layers of carbon and glass fibers in order to obtain enough stiffness on the mold and at the same time, resulting a cheaper mold compared to a full carbon one. After each day laminating, a vacuum system is necessary to remove excess resin and compress all the overlapped layers of the process. The order of lamination was the following:

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(Glass) RE200 > (Carbon) XC400 (-45º/45º) > (Carbon) RC400 (0º/ 90º) > 5 layers of RE800 (Oriented at 0º/90º/45º/-45º) > (Carbon) XC400 (-45º/45º) > (Carbon) RC400 (0º/90º).

At the end of the lamination process, the mold is cured at room temperature and then post cured at higher temperatures to prepare the mold for the application of the final hull preimpregnated fibers.

MARKETING & LOGISTICS This month we welcome 4 new companies to our project. Starting by PECOL, a large company of fastening materials that will provide us the silicone necessary to glue the shaper. Up next we have LOCTITE, a worldwide company that will supply us with the release agent necessary for the construction of the female mold as well as the silicone needed to glue the shaper to the female mold. We will also be counting on REBELCO, a Portuguese composite material distributor which made us a discount on the purchase of carbon fiber. Last but not least, TEXTREME which is a Swedish company that will supply us the carbon fiber that’ll be used for the construction of the side floats.
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This project is sponsored by:

www.facebook.com/tecnico.solarboat
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