Solar Manufacturing shipped a horizontal front-loading vacuum furnace to Georgia Southern University (GSU) in Statesboro, Ga. GSU will be using the furnace primarily for vacuum thermal-processing research and development of various iron-based alloys, including additive-manufactured parts. The furnace includes a graphite-shielded hot zone and heating elements. It has a work-zone size of 12 inches wide x 12 inches high x 18 inches deep and a weight capacity of 250 pounds (114 kg).
Fully compliant to aerospace specification AMS 2750E, the Mentor can process in an argon or nitrogen atmosphere or in high vacuum in the 10-6 Torr range with a 6-inch Varian diffusion pump. The furnace incorporates the SolarVac Essentials control-system package with large graphic touchscreen overview. Programming capabilities include gas quench rate control up to 2-bar pressure and precise temperature uniformity up to 2400°F (1316°C).