Category Archives: For Science!

Chemical Vapor Infiltration

So, though I’ve never used it, I’ve talked about CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) IRL often enough for most of my friends and family to have a simplified idea of the process. To perform CVD, one uses an evacuated vacuum chamber, … Continue reading

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Expectation and outcomes

I really have a hard time believing that the hands typing this note, the hands that made “1’s & 0’s dance” for family, friends, and customers for the past 20+ years, hands that racked servers & ran cabling and socketed … Continue reading

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I have been Busy

I *really^3* want to see what you creative types can make with an Aerogel infused 3D-printer filament. Continue reading

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Three methods.

The first creates hydrophilic silica Aerogel, and has worked several times. The second is an extension of the first, with an additional tool that introduces TMCS, thus (hopefully) creating hydrophobic silica Aerogel. The third is a completely different method, using … Continue reading

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Patience sucks

I made a mess. I cleaned up most of it. Now I gotta try a different approach. Which means new materials, and this associated delays. Waiting is not my strong point.

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To continue

Got TEOS today. Finally able to mix second half of the methanol batch. So far, so good. The chemistry seems to be working out, & the washes should be uneventful. Anyhoo, moving forward.

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Catching up

So, the batch was a success. Now we gotta get a third party to test & verify. Had to order more TEOS. I only have about 10ml left, so I’m waiting on shipping before I can mix another batch. Anyhoo, … Continue reading

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