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Growing mosaic panels in the incubator.

Beginning of the article " Art mosaic ".

About four months ago, one young man addressed me according to the profile of my main specialty (practical psychologist) with typical complaints about his wife, mother-in-law, child, and his boss, along with the president and the government. In general, a typical case of depression. The case in our oversaturated with information, haste and chronic fatigue time is very common and does not represent anything unusual, and therefore not interesting for this site.

Another thing is interesting - the way we, together with my ward (Sergey), invented to get out of depression. I told Sergey about my home business (mosaic panels), and considering his (still school) interest in physics and chemistry, I asked for information to speed up the process of creating mosaic panels according to my method (from “ litosmalts ”) as much as possible.

In one of the classes, we used one of the techniques for the disclosure of creative thinking. During its execution, the words "Brick" and "Mushrooms" were accidentally pulled out of the deck of words. I asked Sergey (and himself also began to think) to figure out how to connect these two words in relation to our problem (with mosaic panels ).

As a result, at first a spontaneous idea arose - “to grow mosaic“ bricks ”at once on a basis like mushrooms”. They discussed it, but they did not come up with ways to implement this idea. But, in the process of discussion, the idea was modified. And what if you try to “grow” not mosaic elements, but - WALLS between these elements! Moreover, unlike the multi-colored mosaic elements, the space between these elements may well be filled with a mass of the same color. And it can even be metal.

I know perfectly well that the best doctor for many ailments is an interesting thing, but at first Sergei didn’t understand what relation my request has to his relationship with his wife, mother-in-law together with the president and the government: -). Nevertheless, he believed and took up the search for information.

He appeared only after three weeks, when I already considered that he would not appear again. In his eyes felt serious excitement. Simply put - shone like a “polished penny”. From the door he declared that he had rummaged through a bunch of books and articles on the Internet, did not find in them direct advice on the task, but in the process of reviewing all kinds of "secrets of the masters" he himself had a "simple and ingenious" (his words) idea - to grow copper partitions by electroplating copper at home!

In my opinion, the idea turned out to be worthwhile (glory to the scientists who are developing methods of developing creative thinking!). Together we have finalized it. I quickly assembled an adjustable stabilized DC source for the electroplating bath (in my first education, I was an electronics engineer), and we went in for experiments.

The essence of the new technological process is as follows: since the “litosmalt” used by me for making mosaic panels is initially in the liquid state, now it should not be poured into molds to get pieces of the right size, but IMMEDIATELY into the prepared form of the future mosaic panel with grown copper walls for mosaic elements.

honeycomb The panel on which cells have already been prepared, dividing these future pieces of the mosaic, is like a honeycomb (see photo 1). Only cells have the same shape and size, although, in principle, the mosaic (as in the children's designer) can be laid out in pieces of the same shape and size. Only, in my opinion, it will look more "childish." In contrast to honeycombs, “honeycombs” created for a mosaic panel have different sizes and shapes corresponding to the mosaic pattern.

The main "highlight" of the idea is that all the partitions on the panel are grown simultaneously and automatically using an electroplating process!

Galvanic bath Just imagine - the original image is first converted into a mosaic view on a computer (manually or using the COREL PAINTER X program), then the partition image is selected (using PHOTOSHOP). The drawing is transferred to the base and partitions are grown in the home electroplating bath. Then it remains only to fill the received cells with litosmalt.

Now we are working with Sergey on the creation of a small-scale production line for the production of mosaic inserts for one furniture factory. Schematic representation of the galvanic bath (see Fig. 2).

Now, as is customary, there are some economic calculations: On a panel of 50 x 50 cm in size, with a thickness of a mosaic layer of 3 mm litosmalts, it takes about 0.8 liters. The cost of about 100 rubles. The area of ​​copper partitions is about 10% of the area of ​​the panel - 75 cubic cm, the cost is approximately - 500 rubles. Partitions are “grown” for about a day (24 hours). The power source for the electroplating bath is about 200 watts. The cost per day is obtained - 10 rubles. The cost of the base is approximately 30 rubles. Total: 640 rubles.

The furniture factory agrees to buy panels of this size for about 1,300 rubles each. a piece. You can estimate the income yourself. Here is an example of an original photo of a flower and a prototype of a mosaic panel made using the “cultivation” technology (photos 3 and 4).

mosaic panel

All questions can be asked by e-mail: mp-ink@ya.ru
With respect and wishes of success and prosperity, Mikhail Babin