Bulkhead Prototyping

Over the weekend I have been working on prototyping some of the many bulkheads to be used in the rocket. Taking a different approach than normal, our bulkheads will be manufactured out of a single piece of half inch plywood. The plywood is turned to give the shape, with chamfers added for ease of installation.

 CAD model of the lathe faceplate, bulkhead attachment jig and the work piece

CAD model of the lathe faceplate, bulkhead attachment jig and the work piece

 Bulkhead mounted to the turning jig.

Bulkhead mounted to the turning jig.

 A pair of fresh bulkheads with the parachute attachment hardware installed. These are the ends of the electronics bay.

A pair of fresh bulkheads with the parachute attachment hardware installed. These are the ends of the electronics bay.

A successful day! This method insures a proper fit and easy installation.

Happy New Year!