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Subject: Parts ideas...comments please!
Date: Sep 22, 10:15 pm
Poster: Carl Willis

On Sep 22, 10:15 pm, Carl Willis wrote:

I am thinking about revising my earlier (and more uneducated) ideas of a cylindrical fusor and going with a spherical one. I have located some potential parts sources and want some feedback about the suitability of these ideas.

8" 1/8" thick SS-type 304 hemispheres, $61.70 each from http://www.jgbraun.com/balls.html. (I don't know about the properties of different SS's, maybe one of the more knowledgeable machinist-types could understand if this is suitable)By the way, I also saw the reference to Richard Hull's machinist.

These will need a 10" conflat flange each. Lesker lists these at ~$240 each, so I will have to scrounge / beg to stay within personal budget. If anybody has them surplus or used, that would be helpful. I doubt we have the resources to cut out the holes from the blanks on something that big.

Once again, the metals folks can advise me here- I would like to silver solder this big stuff if possible, but I hear the preferred technique is TIG welding, which we don't have the ability to do. I have an acetylene torch and could braze / weld with that, if the steel will braze nicely.