Rotomolding Versus Fiberglass

There are lots of options when it comes to rotomolding verses fiberglass in the manufacturing of kayaks and boats. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but the one which has taken over the largest part of the market is the rotomolded process. The major reason is, with roto-molding, your costs in using it are a lot less then with fiberglass. here are some major reasons you should use rotomoulding in the production of your nexy kayak or boat…

Why Rotomolding Over Fiberglass is Better

Low Cost: Rotomolded materials are typically the least pricey, there able to provide the best quality and the option of using the heaviest material in the production phase. With the benefit of less production costs in roto-molding, it provides a great alternative for first time recreational kayak and boat buyers, since most don’t like spending much when it comes to purchasing one. Additionally, the low cost advantage makes it more likely that other accessories will be bought along with the kayak/boat.This can add a lot more profit for clients who sell boats and kayaks.

Versatile: Rotational moulding is a flexible plastic forming process that offers unlimited options for a designer. Moldings whether complex, simple, large or small can be produced in a single piece, which allows less induced stress. This flexible state also makes the material impact resistant. The impact resistant feature makes it the ideal choice for many whitewater kayak crafts that are likely to suffer from impacts on quick-moving rivers.

Rust Resistance: It is a known reality that plastic cannot corrode. This aspect makes rotomolding the ideal choice in making water kayaks and boats. All metals including the stainless steel ones are most vulnerable to rust especially in the welded sections.

Resists All Kinds of Chemicals: Kayaks made from rotomoulded materials can withstand any chemical components since plastic materials are chemical resistance. These materials are also ideal for making fuel tank containers and other type containers.

Easy-to-Use with Fine Plastic Material: Fiberglass is made up of tiny and sharp particles that can give a painful rash after contact with the skin. It also can be very dangerous if it gets into one’s eyes or face. This is why its necessary to use masks, protective eye wear and gloves when using the material during the production phase, due to breathing problems it can cause. With rotomolding options you don’t have to worry about that.

It Can be Adjusted: Fabricated molds are comparatively simple. This means that changes can be made easily to an existing mold to fit one’s changing construction requirements. Whether it is difficult textures, indentations or stiffening ribs, each shape may be molded without having to increase the tooling expenses.

Ability to Perform Small Runs: With inexpensive tooling, rotational molding gives one the chance to do small production runs on kayaks and boats. In fact, many clients find it less costly to perform production batches as little as 10 pieces. This also lessens labor time and production costs.

Conclusion:
Whichever material one chooses to build kayaks or boats with, will depend on how light the boat should be, the price range they want to sell it for and what one plans to do with the kayak or boat. It also depends if it needs to be folded or inflated since the buyer may have nowhere to store it. Others may want a kayak that may be moved in airplanes as luggage. Whatever the case may be, when it comes to comparing the advantages of rotomolding vs fiberglass, the material used and the cost one is willing to pay will determine the process used. For more information on the options we offer, give us a call at: 812-526-2655

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