DIY Circulation Chamber

In my recent 3D printing exploits I have realized that I need a clean way to circulate fluids around and through samples. My need is to pass D-limonene over HIPS prints to dissolve in-fill and support structures. I then realized others may have similar needs for circulation.

So I found a way to build a simple circulation system with a few relatively cheap components. It was also a pretty quick build once I had all the parts.

Part list:

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I hope most of the build is apparent from the pictures above. I would mention that I use the output line to dump the liquid on top of my part, so the hook holds the short line in place. Use the nut to secure the pump to the coffee can so it doesn’t rattle itself loose over time. I like using the lid as a drying platform to minimize my mess. I’m also using the top half of a pop bottle to hold my printed part up out of the the reservoir and still within the flow.

So that’s what I did today. What kind of summer projects are occupying everyone else?

 

 

 

 

KABT Spring Camping Trip– Final Update

THIS POST IS AN UPDATE AS OF 09 JULY FOR THE ANNUAL KABT CAMPING TRIP. THE INFORMATION IS MORE OR LESS IDENTICAL UNLESS NOTED IN **BOLD**. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, CALL OR EMAIL DREW ISING. CONTACT INFORMATION IS POSTED ON THE KABT FACEBOOK GROUP.

** Based on the nature of the field sites we will be visiting, and the recent weather, I highly recommend you bring rubber boots if they are available to you. **

 

Hello All!

There was an earlier post with a basic agenda for the weekend posted a few weeks back, which I recommend you go back to check out if you haven’t already. Due to the confidential nature of the sites we will be visiting (who knew that conservation could have such intrigue?!), I can’t post exact directions to each of the sites we will be visiting on Saturday, but I can give you more information about the camp site.

We will be rendezvousing at the **OUTLET CHANNEL** (US Army Corps of Engineers). While the Elk City State Park sites were really nice, the Corps of Engineers areas are significantly more free. 🙂

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As you can probably see from the map, to get to the camping grounds **coming from the north**, you’ll probably want to take US75 Hwy to **Road 5400. You will then turn south (likely left) onto Road 2950. At the Fish & Wildlife Office, bear left (away from Rd 5050).  Cellular service is available in the area, but you may be roaming depending on your carrier. We’ll try to get signs directing you to the camping ground, or feel free to call Drew (913-634-8059) or Noah (316-259-5942).

WEATHER

There is a good chance that it will rain at some point during the weekend, so PLEASE plan accordingly. No one likes a complainer. 🙂

There aren’t *supposed* to be severe storms at this point, but stay tuned here and in the KABT Facebook group.

Let me know if there are any questions via email or FB group message, and get ready to see some things that most Kansans never will.

 

Cheers!

Drew

KABT Spring Field Trip (Chautauqua Hills)

 

Hey everyone!

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Last weekend, I was able to go on a scouting trip for our Spring Field Trip with Ken Davidson, and Stan and Janet Roth. Having spent most of my life around Kansas City or the Flint Hills, I was in awe of some of the neat things we explored. I cannot wait to show you some of the sites we have picked out for you. Highlights include the only recorded locations in the state of Resurrection Fern and Poison Oak, as well as Royal Fern and (hopefully) Mistletoe.

We are still trying to find the perfect campsite, but we are tentatively planned to overnight at Elk City State Fishing Lake, before making the short drive into Chautauqua County.

Friday Night 5/29: Camping and camaraderie

Saturday 5/30: Poison Oak and Royal Fern sites before lunch, Resurrection Fern site after lunch. Dinner in Sedan, KS. Road cruise for herps on the way back to the campsite.

Sunday 5/31: Break camp, hike/explore trails around Elk City State Fishing Lake.