Solar-assisted fabrication of large-scale, patternable transparent wood

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Science Advances  27 Jan 2021:
Vol. 7, no. 5, eabd7342
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd7342

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  • RE: Epoxy Infiltration

    Greetings, I have read your article a couple of times and you mention that you infiltrate the wood with epoxy by vacuum. Unless I am missing something, there is a significant amount of waste to vacuum infuse the wood this way. There's tubing inlets and outlets, flow medium, the vacuum envelope itself as well as the bowl that holds the mixed epoxy resin being sucked into the vacuum envelope... all of which can't be reused very easily. Do you have an alternative method for infiltrating/infusing the wood that you are aware of? Perhaps a positive pressure double-roller feed that would push the epoxy into the wood rather than a vacuum pulling it into the wood.

    Thank you for your time and consideration of my inquiry. I look forward to hearing back from you.

    -Dane Cofer

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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