||[20 Apr 2005|11:57am]
Gomez inspired me to post my project listing. While mine is not nearly as impressive, nor full, it really needs to be documented so I can start killing some of them off.
I separate things into long term/ongoing things, medium term(things that require a bit of planning and time to carry out the gathering of materials) and Short term. (stuff I where quality can suffer a little and use what I have for materials, with what I have as tools... Hammer... duct tape)
Long Term, ongoing.
-Arc Melting Database. A listing of alloys I have made, with the results for reactivity, vapor pressure, homogeneity, problems that arise, etc. I want to include Photo's too. This begs that I purchase a cheap digital camera that I can keep in the lab.
-Elasticity project. This looks at inexpensive materials that can be produced at the size like my arm, which show excellent elasticity vs force.
-Foundry Sands Project. This was a small research project intended to explore the best casting sands available for different metals, how to make the sands inexpensively, how to generate a well rounded sand which Joe-Internet-coffee-can-caster can make and use. (explores single cationic binders, Polar/NonPolar chains, rather than Swelling clays which suck ass for casting anything but Gallium)
-Cool Elements/Compounds collection. Its a collection of Pure metals (only need like 18 more pure metals to complete it) Metal oxides, Salts, etc. I make crystals with whatever I can and plan to make other minerals with my new heating unit. This is a good backup project when I am bored. Its interesting to see how the color of a metal oxide will change by adding one oxygen to the compound. (yes I know how color works in metals), but its neat to look at say WO2 vs WO3.
Mid Term projects.
-New Arc Melter/inert chamber/inert welder/ imposed arc / direct arc casting unit. I am still looking for materials for the seal and compression method. I want to be able to take the chamber to a positive pressure of 15 atm. (in an attempt to compensate for some crappy Vapor pressures on Mg or Zn.)
-Cloud Chamber. The classic. I just need to make the damn chamber. I have some plastic, but need to figure out a way to cut it with some accuracy.
-Block-Bot-Furnace. This is a fun little guy. I have him taken apart in the basement lab right now, awaiting a a patch, a new hole and some more planning. I need to find some Silica Colloidial bonding stuff. The shell of this furnace is 3/8 steel, welded up in a box on casters. (the shell alone is around 100 lbs). I used to use a firecement, but I stripped that out a few weeks ago and will replace it wil ceramic fiber, packed down. I have about 14 lbs of this stuff. I will pack the crap out of it, but then I need some sort of insulating cement to keep it from expanding on its own. That and this is the stuff that if you breath, your screwed, so I want to protect myself from silica dust in the future usage.
(oh yea, this is a propane, forced air furnace intended for melting up to Cu, and metals withe lower melting pts.)
-Forced Air/Imposed Air Burner tests. This goes for the above project too. I will lay out some variables and try to find the most efficient rates. (Things like Gas velocity to Air in lower chamber of burner, gas/air mix velocity in upper and flare portions of the burner, what the optimal flare is, burn ratio inside furnace. (like what temps can be achieved when you consider the products and reactants, in an elevated temp, around interference. The rate of efficiency changes as the temp of the environment changes, so I either need to look at a way to change the burner configuration mid burn, or find the best max temp burn ratios. -- Waiting on new thermocouple... the last one met its demise in a CuO thermite rxn.
-Investigate Electric Furnace or Gas furnace for a special Glass Furnace.
The ThermosInconel-Ta walled furnace will provide an environment to melt glass without having to heat things up for weeks at a time (as the campus runs its glass furnaces for months at a time).
-New Metals cart. A cart which can hold all the steel scraps I have collected. I made a metals cart a few months ago, but I have outgrown it, now I need something much bigger.
-Bender. I had been planning on making a frame, to utilize a 6-ton car jack for bending pipes and related materials. However, while looking at the jack last night, I determined I can make some addons to the jack itself and have it do the bending on its own. I am quite pleased with the new design.
-Twister. basically a clamp on either end of a sliding square tube. one with a large torque handle. Turn. twist. be happy. I am looking for another clamp. I found an old Vise thread, so I will use this to compensate for the reduction in metal size.
-Work table. I have so much space in this building... like so many rooms I work out of, that I want to make a small custom cart/work table that I can cart around with me. It should have some basic tools and ability to hold gas cylinders, plasma cutter or Mig welder.
-Plasma Cutter. its like a project because I am still waiting for materials... like Money, so I can go buy one. I am looking at the Hypertherm 380.
-Plaster Cart. A cart with dumping function. to dump out dead plaster which is pretty dense. waiting on one piece of sheet metal. I will check my dumpster again soon to see if anything fits the need.
-Castings... Christ, I have like 20 castings I am supposed to make. given that the furnaces are all out of service right now during the move, I am looking to get my blockbot in operation. I can then at least do some smaller casts.
-Sundial. a gift that met a demise when I ran out of O2. I might scrap the current plan and go with something more stable and artistic.
-Stapler of death. I might scrap this since if I can't get the punch to line up correctly. Otherwise it works great. But when you staple, the punch sticks, and thus doesnt retract to go again.
-art thing which im not sure what it is yet.
-Shell plant colony .
-Fixture for my powerbook. I need to encase the shell with something more rugged than the powder coated Al shell Apple provided me with. There are warps, bends and scratches all over it. I want to take the bottom off later today and see if I can bend stuff back. Was thinking about surface hardening a mock shell. (Dont want to mess up the computer case)
I just realized I have 2 plots open on my project board, but really, the above stuff is plenty of work. The question is, do I want to do it or not.