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  1. #1

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    Jul 2011
    Lincoln, NE

    Custom Fiberglass Enclosure Demands Expert(s) Advice



    I'm about to start fabrication of an enclosure to be used to protect an electronic tracking device that will be used to track larger birds.
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    Previously we had just a plastic box manufactored for it, which worked, but it ended up bei ng way too heavy (50~ grams), and ended up not being waterproof where the wires came out. (wires have to come out to attach to a solar panel....

    Now, I happened to have an old fiberglass auto-repair kit that I used to make a very bad first attempt at a case.... (one on the right). Problems with how I appoached this one is that, I didn't know what I was doing, and it took too much time, lots of sagging, and doesn't have enough surface area for a solar panel... but this one weighed at about 23grams (woohoo)

    Now for the next attempt, I plan on making the six sides seperately, then doing the edges one at a time with fiberglass tape.

    My questions:

    I don't know the best procedure for applying tape. Do I apply/squeegee the epoxy out first then place it on the edges or the other way around?

    Both of these enclosures lack a feature we badly need. Grommets (needed so that we have a way to attach the device to a harness)
    Any idea of how we can attach grommets to fiberglass, would it be easier to do it when when it is still a fabric? or easier when after it has been fabricated?


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    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Lincoln, NE

    RE: Custom Fiberglass Enclosure Demands Expert(s) Advice

    Also, I can't figure out how to remove the "<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">" from appearing in my post.

    Terribly sorry about that =/

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