There are many methods and materials that can be used for making a fiberglass composite mold.

I found a video from Eastbay Composites that demonstrates a method for making small molds in a very quick and inexpensive fashion.


As you see from watching this, the basic construction materials are tooling gelcoat and inexpensive bondo for the support structure.

This mold construction technique certainly has drawbacks, but also has several advantages. None of the materials required spray equipment, which is messy. Brushes are inexpensive and easily disposed. A disadvantage of this method is that surface finish might suffer from a lack of consistency on the coating thicknesses for the gelcoat and the release agents.

Using bondo as the support structure is quick and easy compared to glass and resin, but can cause problems as well. It is more likely to crack, and can warpage issues as it cures and may be hotter in some areas than others. Bondo may have some difficulty maintaining dimensional tolerance as it shrinks during cure. Industrial resins used to create molds have minimal shrinkage in their chemistry and are placed on slower to minimize heat from the chemical reaction.

For quick, inexpensive and easy parts, this method from Eastbay Composites may work well for you. What has not been discussed yet is that the mold model can be the most difficult part. Off the shelf items are easy, but custom ones may be difficult. Creating a shape or surface is time consuming and tenuous. After that is complete, you can make your mold and final production parts!
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