Solar Atmospheres, in conjunction with the William and Myrtle Jones Foundation, donated and installed a laboratory furnace for Lehigh University’s Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. The furnace was designed and built by Solar Manufacturing. With SolarVac Polaris control system, a hot zone capable of holding up to 250 pounds and a maximum temperature of 2800°F, the furnace was installed in Lehigh University’s Whitaker Lab, along with the necessary Solar-built transformer and water cooling system.

“This is a very powerful, advanced piece of equipment that will allow us to conduct important experiments in our metallurgy teaching and research, especially around additive manufacturing,” said Wojciech Misiolek, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the university.

“The need for a preproduction-size vacuum furnace for heat treating of additive-manufactured printed parts and other metallurgical heat treating became apparent for Lehigh University and their teaching and experimental research,” William Jones said.