since I dropped some pictures every now and then of my last Tesseract build and my current Vanguard build in the “Just pictures, no words” thread, I had to answer a lot of pms lately, mostly regarding my carbon work, so maybe its not a bad idea to leave my build threads here with a few teasers since quite a few members here didnt go the endless sphere route, but arrived here directly.
Im still undecided if I want to invest more time on “enertion forums” - I feel that my home is endless sphere, but clearly the community here is much more active and alive, the forum structure is much better and I like the whole community stuff like badges, likes, etc. but its still the “enertion forum” for me. in that regard, maybe its a good move that jason pulled out of the forum business to make this more like a diy community and less of a business extension of enertion.
anyway, vacuum bagging with GFK and carbon is something that okp of the french community has inspired me to do. one of the biggest obstacles for me has been a proper enclosure, the rest is pretty much fire and forget with the “DIY” products on the market. most enclosures look quirky in some way or another, require extremely stiff boards or try desperately to cover the sometimes complicated 3D shapes of boards. vacuum bagging is an extremely accessible method that requires very compact tools (mainly a vacuum pump), is nearly foolproof in its execution and overcomes all problems of adding a box to a 3D shape in one go. I hope to inspire more people to try the same, because even as a rookie, the technique yielded great results from the first attempt for me!
some teasers, for more details on the building process, please read through the added endless sphere links!
loaded tesseract: removed rocker for 10S4P battery by manual routing, added a wire channel with hard foam under carbon and dissolving it later with acetone, reintroduced structural support with 2 carbon layers
loaded tesseract: build a custom carbon enclosure for 10S4P battery and 1x vesc from hard foam mold, later used a wood block to shape the carbon because the hardfoam gave in under atmospheric pressure.
thread: https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=75291&start=75#p1171434 and many pages onwards
landyachtz topspeed: flex build with small battery pouches and sunk in wires longhairedboy-style
board was not finished, because I picked up a used mint condition vanguard that I went for instead.
loaded vanguard 42" flex 2: build 2 slim carbon enclosures with hidden wires for 10S4P diy battery and 2x vesc. many refined details after my trial and error of the 2 preceeding builds, probably my best work so far.
Jet Spud Freebord build: routed a compartment 38x14cm with 6-7mm depths into the board, also sunk in the future lid of an enclosure as a novelty, reinforced the board with 3 layers of carbon (this time also around the boards edges), and made a carbon enclosure for 10S3P and a vesc! motor wires routed in board topside LHB-style.
happy to answer questions and I hope I can inspire you to try vacuum bagging like okp inspired me.
2016/07/16: updated with Jet Spud build