The C-QUIP Manufacturing Process

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For all carbon products requiring customisation, a fibreglass or carbon female mould is made. This is handmade in our workshop and painted and sanded until completely smooth. The moulds are waxed, like a baking tin is greased, to prevent the pre-preg carbon sticking into the mould.

Carbon Fibre is laid in the mould. The first layer is the most important for aesthetics as it will be what you see once the product is finished if it is to have a clear coat finish. The next layers are 2 x 2 3,000 strand twill and it is built up to obtain the desired strength.After each layer of carbon, the mould containing the carbon is placed in a vacuum bag to compress the layers adding strength and removing air bubbles.

Once all the carbon layers are finished, the mould containing the carbon is placed inside our Autoclave oven which applies 4 bar of pressure at 130 degrees.

Once out of the oven, the de-moulding process begins. The layers of wax applied to the mould before the carbon was laid inside helps facilitate removing the carbon from the mould. This can be a delicate and time consuming process - At times it may take up to a full day to remove the carbon pieces from the moulds.

The carbon parts are then trimmed ready for assembly. Where necessary the parts of the carbon structure are glued together and metal parts from the machining centre are added to the carbon prior to painting.

The carbon structure enters the paint booth for painting. This process is can be lengthily, especially where the client requires clear coat carbon fibre finish as the product requires approximately 12- 15 layers to give a perfectly smooth finish to superyacht standards. The drying process is sped up by painting inside thermally controlled booth that can reach temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius.

After painting, the final assembly of carbon fibre and machined components takes place. This can include hydraulic and electrical installation, by our specialist Assembly team.

Testing and pre commissioning takes place in our workshop with close involvement from our hydraulic and electrical engineers. These engineers will then travel to the yacht’s location for the final installation and commissioning on site. We have a close working relationship with Lloyds Register and DNV who ensure our products meet IMO and SOLAS standards (where specified) for our clients.

All our products are packaged with the upmost care to arrive in the same condition as when they leave our workshop.

Our hydraulic and electrical engineers are available for onsite commissioning at the shipyard.