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    Vacuum bagging set up

    I bit the bullet and built a vacuum bagging set up yesterday. It's a cheap set up, less then $125 total.

    Vac pump is from Harbor Freight, yeah I know, but this one seems pretty darned sturdy, and HEAVY. It's a 2.5 CFM pump, which is plenty of pull for the small parts I might do. I can't remember the hg rating on it, but I do remember it was enough based on the vacuum bagging booklet I got from USComposites. http://www.harborfreight.com/25-cfm-vac ... 98076.html

    A trip to the local ACE Hardware for connections and hose. I bought the in-bag connection at the end from USComposites when I bought the bagging supplies, more on that in a bit. Anyway, here is the set up.





    Supplies from USC


    Bagging in progress


    Now, more about the supplies. The peel ply feels like something that can be purchased from a fabric store. I'm going to take some in with me and see if they can ID it. The bleeder fabric is nothing more than nice thick fleece. The bagging material can be bought at a hardware store I think. The booklet says plastic about 6 mils thick, I know I can get that at ACE, hopefully cheaper. The mastic tape... not sure about that one, I'll have to look around.
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    Re: Vacuum bagging set up

    Sweet Nic. Do you do fiberglass professionally? Anyways good purchase if you plan on reproducing parts.

    Rob

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    Re: Vacuum bagging set up

    Blimey Nic, that's quite a set-up you have there for fibreglass manufacture. I wouldn't be surprised if you had an autoclave on your list

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    Re: Vacuum bagging set up

    Professionally, No. But I want to see what I can really do with fiberglassing and Carbon fiber applications and this is the next logical step. I do need to get a vacuum gauge though, which is next on the list.

    Autoclave... I don't think I'll go that far with it, unless I do go Pro. and that's unlikely.
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    Re: Vacuum bagging set up

    Quote Originally Posted by Nic
    Autoclave... I don't think I'll go that far with it, unless I do go Pro. and that's unlikely.
    Hehe - that's what you say now...
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    Re: Vacuum bagging set up

    Sorry to bump this would the bags used to squash pillows and things for storage work?

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    Re: Vacuum bagging set up

    mmmmmmmmm.... probably.
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