Is this something we could do in the space ? Quite a few members have expressed interest. For those who don’t know, hard anodising is dipping metal bits in a solution and passing a current through it. This develops a protective layer of oxide which is about 4-5 times harder than the original material (for aluminium) and very resistant to corrosion. These can then be (optionally) dipped in a dye to color them. You then seal the part in boiling water to lock in the dye. When done properly it looks fantastic.
With different chemicals a similar setup could also do stuff like gold plating.
What we need:
- 2 smallish plastic tubs, one for anodising, one for dye, size depends but 2-3L would be a good size. Smaller 1.5L Ice cream tubs are also good for this apparently
- a metal pot (for boiling water in)
- electric generator (we already have loads of these)
- metal wire for suspending parts
- dye (optional)
- anodising solution
- distilled water
- stuff for cleaning grease off parts
- temperature controlled heating element (I think Joe said he had one)
I was thinking the screen printing sink area would be perfect for doing this if @silkscreentechs would be ok with it from time to time ?
We already have electric generators do it with (the bulky bit), and the tubs could be stacked with the dyes stored in them and put away in the snug. So in regards to space this would be very non-invasive.
Who’s interested ?