Polymer Composite Nails and Staples

>>> Polymer Composite Nails and Staples

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Our friends at Glen-L are now carrying these interesting looking composite fasteners. Leave them embedded as you cold mold and save the hassle of removing and filling holes.

These fastenings are excellent for attaching layers of planking during cold molding because they don’t need to be removed.

In the past, when using staples to fasten the layers in cold molding, they needed to be removed once the glue set if they were a corrosive metal. Imagine having to remove thousands of staples! Well, not any more!

Raptor® composite fastenings don’t need to be removed. The heads can be sanded right off without damaging your tools and will even take a stain.

Composite fastenings won’t replace bronze screws in boat building, but they will be of tremendous value for applying a final layer of mahogany for a planked look, for strip built boats and cold molded construction. Besides being a huge time-saver: They

  • can be sanded, sawn or cut
  • Won’t rust or corrode
  • No need to putty, can be stained, painted or left bare
  • No electrolysis or galvanic corrosion
  • They bond like glue-the entire shaft fuses permanently with wood

Fun & easy sailboat (model)

>>> Fun & easy sailboat (model)

We are two students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and we are currently working on Protei, an open-source initiative to develop sailing drones to clean the oceans.

We designed and built a sailboat that could be easily adapted to different designs, we also took into account to built it using accessible materials and tools.

We hope that we can contribute to the Protei project by designing a platform that enables people to explore different sailboat designs and sailing principles.

We think that one of the major advantages of open-source is the ability of having a large audience during the development of the project. This is the reason why we are making an Instructable, we are hoping that you will help us in developing an autonomous oil-collecting sailing drone by contributing in one way or another.

Check out the Protei group here: http://www.instructables.com/group/protei/