The nicest part begins, we start getting our hands dirty…
We start to lose our lives to gain them.
Finally comes the moment that the first time we touch our multiplanet technique.
this is a continuation of an earlier post: https://quantumidea.tech/2020/08/23/by-what-miracle/
Searching for a hero
As I mentioned before, we need B material. [Our main material is air]
This ingredient must be in liquid form for the foaming process to take place. Ok, can we use any kind of water-soluble resin? Yes, but no…
It should be noted what happens to the “pure” foam itself. When it only consists of water and air and… something else. It’s about surfactants. This is a very complex process, but they are what you need. Even good quality foam has a very limited lifespan. So we have really little time for our actions. Therefore, not all resins are suitable for this task. Those that are water-soluable/dilutable, need a lot of time to work, the water must evaporate… But water is also somehow the first builder of our foam, so the foam will disappear before the resin starts to take on stiffness. I decided that it is necessary to use resins that have a very fast transition from liquid to solid. Possibly immediate.
Okay, maybe polyurethanes can be a good candidate? Yes, you can adjust the mixture of two-component polyurethane foam that works fast. But there is also a problem – if you start a reaction, you can’t stop it anymore… Its out of control. The same problem is with cyanoacrylates – please, be careful with them!
Therefore, photopolymers seem to be the natural choice. You do what you want and when you want to accept it, you constitute this change. And you immediately have a rigid effect .
Finally I had a solution! And I put it aside for a long time… Maybe two years…(sic!)
Because UV resins are nice but still too expensive. I started working on other methods (more non-woven like structures). Recently, however, I went back to my first idea… Yes, ideological rollercoaster! 🙂
One day, I went to the kitchen, got some dish soap. Then I mixed it with photopolymer. Just like that.
I made a minifoamer, a foaming attachment for an airbrush…
I cured formed foam by UV flashlight.
Yes – this is a rude, primitive method but it works!
There is an even simpler solution (my second choice) – you can use foam soap dispenser, from bathroom this time… So all this higher-tech machinery you can fit in your pocket, and it will cost you only a few bucks…
[I admit that this was my goal – to invent an anti atomic bomb that will always be positive, powerful good, something that will always create, never destroy, and will be for everyone, for a few bucks.]
Apart from the appropriate recipe, the mixing mechanism and the formation of the foam structure are also important. It is different in both cases. It is a big challenge to research it. Foamer or foam cannon gives more possibilities, such a process is easier to be parameterized.
Irradiation is equally important – not only the power and wavelength, but also the direction. Since each time we create a fragment of a spatial object, the lighting should be around this place.
Notice how lucky we are – in a normal situation, photopolymers polymerize in a very thin layer. That is why we are always doomed to layering… Larger volumes cannot be polymerized. The foam is very voluminous but consists of extremely thin material walls. Therefore, for our resin, a foam works like a spatial optical fiber! This is a wonderful circumstance.
It’s not even the beginning. This is merely a prelude to the grand introduction, of new opening.
After the first wave of unimaginable euphoria, the reflection will come how gigantic job awaits us.
Its difficulty and beauty will lie in its extreme interdisciplinality.
Never before in history, so many people, specialists in so many fields, have worked together. We have great times ahead.
next part: https://quantumidea.tech/2020/08/24/move-on/
and some impressions: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/Ga8QN4