May 27, 2016 - The 9-meter x 9-meter x 2-meter M1M3 mirror cell weldment, fabricated by CAID Industries, Inc. in Tucson, AZ, is now being prepared for immersion in a large oven for thermal stress relief. The oven is 32 ft x 32 ft x 12 ft and will ramp up at 100deg/hr until it reaches 1150deg. Then the mirror cell is soaked for 8 hours at 1150deg before cooling at 200deg/hr down to 600 deg. From there it’s left to cool naturally. This process starts on June 9th. Final machining is next to prepare the cell for mirror support integration in early 2017. Great progress!
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