Photographs of Ian, Kevin and I working on filling doublets with epoxy
Here are some photographs that Ian, Kevin and I took of each other while we were filling the doublets with optical epoxy and testing out our newly-repaired epoxy-dispensing machine on Febraury 28, 2008.
Kevin carefully tops off the doublets with optical epoxy.
Kevin has to carefully stretch over the doublets to avoid damaging the delicate fibers.
He is very intent on his work (perhaps to ignore the photographer).
Kevin finally gives in to the photographer's demands for a smile!
Ian ponders the proper pressure settings for the epoxy machine.
Ian is enthusiastic about not having to epoxy by hand any more!
The curing of the epoxy is exothermic, and can melt the plastic cups if too much is dispensed into them. Here is some of the artwork that the guys created.
Here I am adjusting our epoxy machine's settings.
Captured while messing with the machine settings by Ian!
Ian and I pondering the best pressure settings and labeling them on the machine.
Kevin is diligently recording the data from each of our samples from the machine that we took to check that the ratio is correct.
Our data indicates that the ratio is indeed correct! Yay!