Tuesday, 11 October 2016

An Exploration of 3D Printing

In our latest blog we will be exploring the remarkable world of 3D printing, and the far-reaching consequences it has on countless industries; from medicine to fashion to aerospace engineering, and even to your own desk!




Early 3D printing began in the 1980's, but over the last few years we have seen unprecedented advancements in printing technology. We can now print, not only in plastics, but in metals, ceramics, bio materials, food, and more!

Print solutions provide a helping hand...

Click here for some examples of the incredible range of things that we are able to print in our day and age. From bikinis, to soil, to selfies, to scans of unborn babies, this list has us wondering what printable prize will be next! One of our favourites is the use of 3D printing to create low cost prosthetic limbs for amputees, such as 16 year old bomb victim Daniel Omar. As 3D printing provides a cheap and quick alternative to traditional prosthetics, we are hopeful it can break down the cost barrier that prevents so many from receiving prosthetic limbs.

Daniel Omar, 16 year old bomb victim from Sudan, with his 3D printed prosthetic arm

Monday, 12 September 2016

Facebook Prize Draw: Terms and Conditions

  1. Winning entry will be drawn at random using a random number generator, on Wednesday 28th September, 2016.
  2. Promotions are only available for entry by UK residents.
  3. Entrants must 'Like' both the CFS Fibreglass Facebook Page AND the appropriate promotional post.
  4. Prizes cannot be exchanged for alternative items, equivalent monetary value or vouchers.
  5. Prizes will be sent via courier, upon receipt of winner's delivery address.
  6. No purchase necessary.
  7. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Fibreglass Roofing: A Step-By-Step Guide

We've put together this step-by-step guide to give you a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Fibreglass (GRP) Flat Roofing. From 1st September 2016 - 30th September 2016, you can save a massive 20% on all our roof trims online!

Fibreglass Flat Roofing


A properly laid fibreglass roof (also known as GRP Roofing), will last for at least 30 years with no measurable deterioration. The roof must be laid onto a dry deck, in dry conditions, at a temperature not below 5°C. The resins and top coats should be suitable for use in GRP Roofing - the label on your resin should give you this information. Typically two people can strip, re-deck, laminate and top coat a roof of about 20 square metres in one day. Always try to plan starting the roof when a settled period of weather is forecast.


Please note: This guide relates only to the application of the GRP laminate and top coat.


Decking


The decking boards should be Sterling OSB3 tongue & groove. They should be fixed to the roof structure using ring shank nails or screws with a minimum penetration of 25mm, which should be used at 300mm centres down the length of each joist covered by the boards. When laying tongue and groove boards, ensure the gap between the boards is facing up, so it can be reinforced by the resin that runs into it when the laminate is laid. All the boards must have their joints staggered to increase the strength of the roof (see below).




Now you will need to form the edge detail with various preformed edge Trims.









Tuesday, 2 August 2016

This Month In Fibreglass: August 2016

This month we have extreme up-cycling that makes you think about the war; an ultra luxury champagne glass that makes you think there is more money than sense; and deadly clear castings that make you ask, where's that been?

Up-Cycling V2.0

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The V2 rocket built by the Germans as the "vengance weapon" and the first long range ballistic missile. If you happen to have one maybe half buried in the garden, dig it up now, cut a hole in the side (just be really, really careful) and voila! A lovely armchair for your childs bedroom. This month we are jumping on that Nazi themed bedroom furniture bandwagon to bring you "Rocky Rocket" just the thing to light up the eyes of any youngster with ideas of world domination.
Excitement builds as the first Rocky Rocket armchair is installed just outside of Berlin
Don't worry if you can't up-cycle a real V2 because, just like me, Rocky Rocket can be bought 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

How to use 2-Part PU (Polyurethane) Foam

This product is absolutely ideal for filling cavities and for increasing buoyancy! It's strong, rigid, and incredibly simple to use. In this post, we'll tell you a bit more about PU Expanding Foam and also share a video we made a few weeks ago.

http://www.cfsnet.co.uk/acatalog/CFS_Catalogue__2_Part_Polyurethane_Foam_Liquid_415.html
Producing the foam

Use two plastic cups to measure out an equal volume of each part, then pour both components into a clean mixing container. Ensure you stir thoroughly, but work quickly - the mixture will begin to thicken in just 25-35 seconds, reaching its maximum rise in about 150 seconds. 
The uncured mix is highly adhesive and will bond to most materials. While the mixture is foaming, take care not to inhale the fumes. 

Immediately after mixing, the liquid foam is poured into the cavity to be filled, then left to foam and cure. It will reach a sticky condition in about 4 minutes, and will be completely cured in about half an hour. 
If you are filling a deep cavity, it's a good idea to pour in a series of layers (around 25mm each), leaving the foam to cure between pours. This is because the exotherm (internal heat) generated during the curing process increases with greater volumes of foam, and this can cause problems.
Each liquid kilo of polyurethane yields approximately 0.08m2 (1 cu.ft.) of rigid foam.


Calculations

PU foam is supplied in several pack sizes and it is necessary to calculate the volume of the foam required so as the correct pack size can be selected to minimise wastage. 

This can be done by measuring the cavity and simply multiplying length by width by height (in metres) and dividing by 0.0283. 

This calculation will give the total amount of foam required in kg. 

Example:A buoyancy tank measuring, 0.5m (length) x 0.5m (width) x 0.5m (height) = 0.13m3. 

Divide this figure by 0.0283 = 4.59 

Therefore the total liquid foam required is 4.59kg (1 x 5kg pack)




Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Customer Focus: BenofkentProps

We spoke to Ben Smith, Owner of BenofkentProps, about his brilliant business, and which of our products he uses to get his fantastic results.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/364457410396568/

Tell us briefly about what the company does?
BenofkentProps builds from scratch and recreates props from TV and films, as well as doing custom props for music mideos and independent films.

How did you find yourself making these products?
I had a keen interest in building since I was a child, watching my father build. I then attended a theatre college at sixteen and learned to prop build.

How long has your company been in business?

Monday, 6 June 2016

Facebook Promotions: Terms and Conditions


  1. Winning entry will be drawn at random using a random number generator, on Wednesday 15th June, 2016.
  2. Promotions are only available for entry by UK residents.
  3. Entrants must 'Like' both the CFS Fibreglass Facebook Page AND the appropriate promotional image.
  4. Prizes cannot be exchanged for alternative items, equivalent monetary value or vouchers.
  5. Prizes will be sent via courier, upon receipt of winner's delivery address.
  6. No purchase necessary.
  7. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
  8. Our Facebook promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.