Vacuum Chamber WIN

27 02 2009

 

Introducing the Prometheus Fusion Perfection Vacuum Research Chamber:

Here is the auction page.





Commercial Space

26 02 2009

Whenever I tell people about this project, I invariably get the question

“are you building this thing in your apartment?”

Now I can answer NO.

Still working out the details, but it looks like my friend Stuart is going to sublet me space in his machine shop to actually build the reactor. Stuart engineers and builds robots for NASA, is absolutely brilliant with fabrication, and is one cool individual.

Just being there will help me succeed. Did I mention it’s incredibly well equipped?

I’m excited. I feel like I really have a shot at this.





Going all the way

24 02 2009

Yesterday, I told my boss at the day job that I’m going fulltime on prometheus fusion perfection starting May 2009. 

Fuck the recession. I’m doing this. 

Man that feels good.





Wiring Diagram

22 02 2009

So I’m working on an algorithm to come up with a wiring diagram for the dodecahedral core. It’s more complicated than just wiring up the 12 coils in series. This is would only magnetically protect 12 of the 30 connecting joints. Ideally each join would get one pass of superconducting cable. A picture to meditate on:

dodec_net

 

Lets start by making some methods to traverse the net. Currently I have this functionality:

 

 

Geometry::Dodecahedron.faces.first

=> [Vector[1, 1, 1], Vector[1, 1, -1], Vector[0.618033988749895, 1.61803398874989, 0], Vector[1.61803398874989, 0, 0.618033988749895], Vector[1.61803398874989, 0, -0.618033988749895]]

So I can easily iterate through the the faces, and I get the vertices of that face unordered. The first challenge is to order these collections of vertices so that you traverse the face clockwise simply by iterating the collection.




Vacuum Chamber

22 02 2009

I’m watching this auction for a vacuum chamber. It weighs 653Kg (1440Lbs). Big and Heavy. I checked fedex rates, it would cost a minimum of $2,000 to ship this beast. More than the chamber. Maybe it can be uhauled for less: Road Trip.

MSimon, this thing is near you.





Chassis Cutaway

22 02 2009

I built this cutaway version of the chassis so we can do a fit and finish test with superconducting cable without spending a wad of money. 

cutout





New Arrivals

22 02 2009

Just in: An eeePc and replacement water pumps for the laser from Hong Kong. I got the eeePc because I wanted a dedicated Ubuntu machine. I couldn’t get Ubuntu installed on my old mac. I’m going to see if I can now get the reprap host software running. Also going to try installing SciLab.

eeepc

 

recursive








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