Originally Posted by davidfee
As a good friend says, "Time to fire the engineers and start production."
As an engineer, I take offence to that comment. Just for my own edification, I want to see a breakdown of the material cost. I'm not considering molds, pump and whatever else you need to buy once.
So epoxy is what, about 9 lb/gallon? Let's say you've got a 20oz plane and a fiber fill ratio of 60%, so that's 8oz of epoxy. Let's say you waste a bit
and use a 16 oz. That's .11 gallons. If the epoxy is about $80 a gallon, including hardner, that comes to $9 worth of epoxy, lets say $10 with shipping.
Wax is relatively free.
Ok, on to the graphite. 3k is about 6oz/yd^2. and about $22/yd^2. So carbon is about $4/oz. 60% of 20oz is 12 oz. soooo that's $48 worth of carbon. You would need say $12 worth of peel ply and breather.
So for an all carbon jobbie, your total cost would be $70, again assuming you have the mold (this is where the problem is), a pump (~$300 for a kit), AND assuming you buy in small quantity.