Cuttin-Edge, On-the-Spot Reporting

Stator-Panel Building: Part 3

After the diaphragm has been fully applied and is wrinkle-free . . .

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. . . tape is applied across the parts where the "spars" are in order to protect those areas from . . .

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. . . the conductive "wash" that is applied . . .

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. . . over the full length of the panel. The wash is applied to fill in any micro-cracks that might have occurred when the diaphragm was stretched.

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After the conductive wash, the tape is removed from the spar areas, leaving . . .

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. . . those parts of the diaphragm non-conductive.

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Additional tape is added on the stators' edges, and the front stator is then placed over top and pressed firmly into place.

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Excess diaphragm material is cut from the edges.

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The assembled electrostatic panels are then placed in a vacuum-forming machine . . .

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. . . for 30 minutes, activating the VHB tape and "locks" the assembled panel into place.

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