What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the manufacturing of fibreglass moulds ? The first and most common thing that would come to mind is all the things that can go wrong from the actual process of manufacturing fiberglass. The cracks, accidents, being cut and every other defect you can think of right? Yes. It is common that some people may be terrified of glass, I know I certainly am. Most architects will require the services of a professional fibreglass product manufacturer at some time or another in their architecture career.
However, that is not the precise approach to have towards the manufacture of fibreglass. The manufacture of fibreglass consists of many stages before it comes out as that shiny beautiful item. Fibreglass is no ordinary glass; it is quite unique in actual fact. Although it is not as a strong as the other fibers, it does have an element of strength in it.
With almost every product being made from fibreglass, it is important to know which products exactly are manufactured from this kind of reinforced plastic material:
- Aircraft – With a machine that is so big and strong, it comes as no surprise that it comprises of some elements of fiberglass. Aircrafts were built as means of transport to arrive quicker and safer to your desired destination.
- Boat – Just like an aircraft, a boat is also another method of transportation. Fibreglass is incorporated in the production of boats. No wonder the ride is so breathtaking by the sea!
- Bathtubs – All of these great things seem to have some element or another of fibreglass in them. Bath tubs are also made from fibreglass. Bathtubs are quite strong; they don’t break easily if not at all. All the materials that are put together to make a bath tub are made so that you never have to worry about replacing your bath tub. Bathtubs are extremely common fibreglass products actually and quite often architects are required to arrange the design of custom items.
- Storage tanks – There are some storage tanks that are made of fibreglass. Storage tanks are made to complement whatever needs to be stored inside them. Certain steel tanks are made to store chemicals in them and this is done to avoid exposure to the sun amongst other things.
- Roofing – Some ceilings are made with fibreglass. The light weight effect of fibreglass plays a role as to why fibreglass is preferred. The most common reason is that wood is heavier to lift and build with as compared to roofing that is made from the light weight material of fibreglass.
- Hammers and Axes – You might not want to get in the bad books of a person carrying a hammer and axe. They are dangerous weapons but also helping tools for building, hiking and camping. Fibreglass is produced into very fine materials particles that always leave a shiny effect afterwards. If you look closely to a hammer or axe, you will find that there are always shiny particles in the weapons. Shiny or not, they pose as a destruction mechanism so it is always advisable to keep away from children.
- Swimming pools – Swimming pools are made similarly to bath tubs. The only difference is that a bath tub is occasionally smaller unless it is a Jacuzzi compared to a swimming pool. Swimming pools are made of fibreglass and that is probably the reason why we have some excellent swimmers in Cape Town.
Another advantage of fiberglass is how cost effective it is compared to carbon fiber. Fibreglass is cheap and that is why most companies prefer to put it as part of their manufacturing process. As cheap as it may be, fibreglass in correlation with other materials have made some great products and equipment’s.