- Final installation of compressed air systems.
- Purchase and install power strips on tables.
- Appropriate scopes and DMMs for last three tables.
- Paint and re-assemble shelves under white board.
- Design and build frame for shelf over 4' by 10' optical table.
- 240 Volt, 30 amp box for the argon laser
Floating Tables, 29 Jan 2013
The last missing pressure valve was installed. All the tables are now floating.
Shelves Installed on Frames, 18 Jan 2013
Received the hardware to mount the shelves to the frames. We
drilled through the frame and screwed the frames to the plywood from
underneath. We used thick washers between the frame and the shelf to
create a gap that accommodated for the thickness of the welding beads.
This ensured that we did not lose any strength by grinding the top welds
LED lighting strips were mounted under all the shelves so that each
group will have independent lighting. Incidentally, these RGB lights are
a great deal (at $20 each) because you can select your illumination
color and intensity so as to not interfere with your measurements. For
example, if you're doing experiments at say, 630\,nm, then you
illuminate with blue light and block this same light with a blue filter.
Alternatively, if you're doing blue-light curing of dental composite
experiments, then you can use the red diodes as a safe-light.
First Student Laboratory, 12 Jan 2013
Everything is not quite done, but more than sufficient to accomodate
the first lab.
The students are still getting used to working with tables that hiss at
you every time you lean on the table. On the other hand, having all the
optics gear in a dedicated tool chest ensures seems to be working very
Shelves Finished, 14 Jan 2013
The shelves are 0.75" plywood covered with flat black laminate on
top and bottom. The edges are covered with black PVC edge banding. Form
& Structure did an excellent job.
Frames back from Painting, 10 Jan 2013
Frames are back from Portland Powder Coating and they look great. They have all
been assembled over the optical tables.
Prototype Frame for Optic Shelf, 10 Dec 2012
To save a pile of money (about $3000 for all six, instead of $2000
each), the shelves over the optical tables were designed and fabricated
by ourselves. The shelves allow us to keep all the electronics gear off
the optical tables. Based on the first frame, we redesigned the top
halo to use 1" closed box steel instead of U-Channel. Otherwise, the
frame is rigid and perfectly suited for our small 3' by 5' tables.
Tool Chests, 5 Dec 2012
The black tool chests were purchased with a grant from the OIT
Resource Budget Council. Each one holds all the optics for that
particular table. These were assembled and just after Thanksgiving
Optics Equipment from Klamath Falls, 30 Nov 2012
Second trip to bring stuff from Klamath Falls to Wilsonville by Matt
Gildehaus. This time there was a lot of small stuff &emdash;
optics, mirrors, posts, and the interferometer kits.
Black-out Curtains, 15 Nov 2012
We were able to re-use the black-out curtains that were saved from
the original building (before remodeling). Despite the lack of sunshine
in Portland, these are absolutely needed when low light experiments are
being performed. The curtains were re-installed by the original drapery
vendor, 12.500 Commercial Window Coverings.
Wilsonville Grand Opening, 17 Oct 2012
Everything unpacked and mostly put away. Today we had displays from
three local companies:
FLIR, Rockwell-Collins, and Coherent showing cool optoelectronics
technology in the Wilsonville area. Attendance was somewhat tempered by
the closure of all lanes southbound on I-5 just north of Wilsonville
(by a overturned semi containing salmon).
Optics Equipment from Klamath Falls, 11 Oct 2012
First transfer of optical equipment from down south. Matt Gildehaus
packed up and moved six 3' by 5' tables. Most of these were installed
and floated today. It is starting to look like a real teaching
Optics Equipment from Oregon Medical Laser Center, 17 July 2012
Material transfer agreements all signed with Providence and the
biomedical optics equipment accumulated over twenty years was moved
today. Besides a number of lasers, carts, and detectors, riggers moved
one large 4' by 10' table another 3' by 6' optical table. All the boxes
are in the center of the room and it is going to take weeks to unpack
and put away.