Monday, June 8, 2015

Extracurricular activities

The students had a debate over whether diamonds would burn.  One student saw on youtube that diamonds could be burned over a stream of liquid oxygen, but one other student wouldn't believe it.  Being the scientist that they are the students decided to find out Myth Buster style!  We just happened to have a piece of broken low quality diamond lying around.
In conclusion, we proved that diamonds aren't forever!
The setup
The diamond was burned for 10min straight with a torch

The diamond before and after under a microscope

This week the students learned how to hand turn on the 8mm lathe.  They had to hand sharpen their gravers and modify them to specific angles designed for better cuts.  Now the students need to practice making perfect cylinders and shoulders, along with cones and rounded pivots.
Tomas and Theren setting up their 8mm lathes

Last weekend we had the special opportunity to visit the AHCI (Academie Horlogere Des Createurs Independants) 30th Anniversary at the Musee d'horlogerie International in La-Chaux-de-fonds.  It was a great opportunity to see the superstars in the watch industry.

The opening ceremony of the AHCI 30th anniversary exhibit

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