Why not use a reversed tweezers instead for the sting hook?
I've ordered one already for this experiment. Hopefully it will get here soon.
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If certain alkaline or acidic mediums are used these chemicals can leach out from the plastic into the medium or mediums itself being stored within it, this was discovered back in the late 1800's, shortly after plastics were in manufacture, there is plenty of information in the medical journals about this phenomenon which can be detrimental to the early development of insects and humans.
That hook in question was accurately rolled down again in my jewelers rollers and should be right to go.
The real test situation will reveal all under the scope pretty soon.
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Last edited by Little boy blue; 02-13-2017 at 10:33 AM.
Little boy blue. If the hole diameter to not more 0.20 mm then all is well. I wonder where you take your time? Well done.
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My initial design analysis for this apparatus goes as follows.
You would think at first glance that there is a limited space, but after measuring up there is actually a little more room than many other systems out there. The hands actually work around the outer edge instead of in between posts, the sting hook itself can be retracted and swung out of the way immediately without having to turn any lock screws etc. If you use tweezers for the sting this post is absent giving a little more space.
The left hand doesn't come into contact with the queen posts while working, and the injection needle can be lifted completely out of the working area inside it's inner protective tube in about a second leaving three full inches for comfortably removing the newly serviced post.
The catcher loader will work on the opposite side of the table loading, as the vacant post is fitted, and at the same time the treated post is removed by them from the other side so as to prevent any clash of hands. This stage alone takes the seasoned operators in the videos I have watched about half a minute to load up properly without possible damage to the queens legs etc, so a huge saving when you are doing many queens an hour.
The ventral hook cam is ideal because it replaces the more clumbersom arm that would normall be used.
The hook is then swung back over and hangs completely out of the way of the table as it is indexed round.
The base is eight inches across. There is a good two inches between queen posts.
I have other designs in the pipeline that can be adopted but, this one simplifies the gas supply to all posts at once and is positioned so that the queens get a little less gas as they approach the central supply area where after this point they get a little more prior to being worked upon.
There is still a lot of work and testing to be done from the team who will be testing it out this summer.
Last edited by Little boy blue; 02-13-2017 at 07:22 PM.
Great work! I've been admiring your craftsmanship.
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The gas dissipates either side of this feed in point and travels in either direction around the channel shown underneath in the pictures shown earlier round to the vent or fifth post that is always open next to the tool post for the ventral hook.
As the queens in their posts move round and each one is serviced, they receive slightly more gas towards the final working position.
I have noticed that the queens are placed prior to handling in a seperate container to pre-med her before loading her into the service post/s, this is equivalent to the same amount of gas when they are first placed into the starting point on the turn table, and a steady continuation of that amount of gas is extant thereafter in relation to its position from the in feed or exhaust position under the carousel or turntable.
When watching others working, once out of the flow of gas the queens recover quite quickly, my question earlier was, can you give too much gas and actually asphyxiate the queen and actually kill her ?, IE volume versus time??
I designed this system in mind to be used with two operators, one catching and loading and working from the opposite side of the table, leaving the other to concentrate on injecting alone, which would save down time between catching, pre-gassing, loading and positioning.
It's a new idea from the sole operators point of view and needs more study to iron out any problems, thanks for the kind words and encouragement BTW.
There are a few more ideas in the pipe line.
Last edited by Little boy blue; 02-14-2017 at 01:51 PM.
Finally found an easy way to make a decent sting hook.
I took a Sterling silver wire 1.00 mm and rolled it down to .50 mm and then annealed it to soften it.
Then simply took a small sewing needle .50 mm diameter and using a small clock makers hammer pierced it with a couple of gentle taps.
Then using a .018 gauge wire I gently reamed it using the same needle held in a pin chuck until the hole was to the desired size.
Down time to make things fit was around 4 minutes from piercing the hole.
After reshaping and work hardening the result was quite satisfactory.
The picture above shows the very point of the needle showing after only two gentle taps of the hammer, I have gauged the very point of this sewing needle to be near the .008 area.
If you don't have a set of rolls you can hammer it flat or buy ready made flat strip .50 mm which is already annealed. I rolled the entire length of wire here, but you can leave the opposite end to the eye, fully round to fit in a pin chuck like those pictured on my manipulator arms for easy removal.
When you pierce the metal use a block of hardwood to hammer against and do so away from the very end, so it doesn't bend inwards, IE, leave a few millimeters length past where the hole will be and sand down using 320 paper afterwards.
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The shank of the needle show here is. 50 mm in diameter
You can buy a 300.00 mm long wire of silver here for only £ 2.21 including tax and make quite a few which work out at pennies each.
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Hope that helps what can be a task and a half to many who want to make their own for less.
Last edited by Little boy blue; 02-14-2017 at 01:41 PM.
I have run instrument courses and given detailed instruction to many international students in the past and really enjoyed working with many Europeans and one Japanese student who stayed with us for six months.
But this II project has been one of the most critical and a real challenge which I seem to thrive on.
Once I have mastered this paradigm, I might give detailed instructions of how to make a system all rolled into one, maybe.