Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding
The infusion table (IT) is used for vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM). VARTM finds it use in both industry, laboratory, and hobby use and gives flexible and light weight panels with comparable mechanical strength as various steel types. The IT consists of an insulated base with a silicone heater and a stainless steel surface. The highest recommended operating temperature is 180 oC. The temperature is controlled via a PID controller and the vacuum is monitored via a vacuum sensor. The setup is flexible and can easily be scaled to fit any needs. Standard procedures for making high quality panels and an optical flow profile analysis via picture analysis are included.