Halloween could not have come sooner this year for these guys. They call themselves, the “Carbon Fiber Stormtroopers”.
Leonard Carson, an engineering technician for San Diego Composites, had been toying around with this idea of a carbon fiber Stormtrooper for a long time. He finally convinced three of his engineering co-workers to jump on board with turning this carbon fiber idea, into a carbon fiber reality. Being the huge Star War fans that they are, and often working with the material for their composites company, I’d have to guess not too much convincing was necessary.
And so the thought process began. There was a lot to consider for this project, especially cost. We all know how pricey our precious carbon fiber material can be. Other than that, the four troopers needed to think about the most logical tooling, finishing and best processes to use. They used all Grade A materials from a local supplier, and their employer, San Diego Composites, donated some resources to the project as well.
The President at their company, San Diego Composites, actually loved this idea and was extremely supportive of the entire project. Leonard said, “He actually wants one to display in our lobby! After the last finished part we talked to him about how much time and money we’ve spent and he did a cost calculation according to our company’s standards. He came up with the cost to cover the time and materials, tooling and 4 complete suits. We’re lucky he didn’t do the calculations ahead of time haha.. we never would’ve started.” While we can’t say the actual amount that was been spent to produce these suits, lets just say you can optionally purchase a pretty nice car as an alternative.
Browse below to see the final result. You can tell these guys had a great time showing off their work!
Left to Right: Jon Blackler, Kevin Proum, Len Carson, Daniel Avina