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Tailorable fiber-reinforced support structure for use in precision manufacturing

United States Patent Application

20020160187
A1
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A fiber-reinforced support structure for use in precision manufacturing includes a composite housing having a core sandwiched between first and second groups of carbon-fiber reinforced layers. A plurality of cavities in the housing are provided for removably receiving inserts utilized to support components during precision manufacturing. Each of the cavities is lined with a carbon-fiber reinforced layer, and a protective ultraviolet-cured coating is provided on the exterior of the housing to prevent contamination in the manufacturing environment.
Craig, Marcus John (Albuquerque, NM), Frear, Darrel Richard (Phoenix, AZ), Correa, Ernest Alden (Isleta, NM)
09/ 799,573
March 7, 2001
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract No. DE-AC04-94AL8500 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.