Originally Posted by Cheechako
Yeah, it surprised us all. Built to USMC specified contract
Ergo, built by the lowest bidder
Surely sorry to hear about the injuries though.
As a quickie FYI to those new to glass, out there, reading this. What you get as an end product depends on a LOT of things, & the process pretty much starts with the Ores, like in steel
, & the various "recipes". Which are added, & specified all the way to the end product, much like the steps between Ores in the ground to winding up with a good knife, after the multiplicity of necessary steps & testing along the way.
Start with Ore selection, & what minerals are in it that you want.
Refine the Ore using various processes & QC checks.
Melt the various components down via processes X, Y, & Z.
Blend them, again with more specified steps & QC.
Set up to pour, pulltrude, etc. the liquid by steps A, B, & C. Including now introducing some "coatings", & chemicals, which become highly structural, & integral parts
of the glass.
"Tune it" with various heat treatment processes, & chemical applications.
Add more coatings to imbue other properties... ad infinitum, in terms of steps & consistency measures & processes all the way through until it's done & ready to install in your dodger frame.
Or as another take on the same idea, think of all of the steps they must take in order to go from pulling crude oil
out of the ground, up until it's a polyester Dress Shirt on the shelves, ready to wear.
Talk about "refined".
Back to dodgers, if you've got a bit of talent, a LOT can be done with composites, in relatively little time.
Steve Rander & the guys @ Schooner Creek Boatworks, did the one on "Jelik", in the article (below) more or less as an afterthought, in very little time. Ditto on materials used.
It was just 2 layers of 6oz CF on either side of some Divinycell, & some Lexan
glued on with a bit of Plexus. And the longest part of the process was having the computer draw up some mold
stations, cutting'em out, and aligning them, prior to adding the materials which would actually comprise the structure.