Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Sputter Magnetron (53/100)

Remember the robots from yesterday's post? Well, they were nowhere near as cool as this thing, which is at the business next door. What is it, you ask?

Why, it's a sputter magnetron, of course!

And what does one do with a sputter magnetron? Even though I heard it explained a couple times, I have no idea. This company specially designs machines and processes for unusual industrial requirements, such as spraying a micron-thick coating on a piece of film in a complete vacuum, which apparently you need a sputter magnetron to do. But what exactly is the sputter magnetron, and how does it help you spray industrial coatings in a vacuum? All I know is that we are happy to have American capital putting Latvian sputter magnetrons to good use, and that "The Sputter Magnetron" would be a great name for a rock band. And if you are an American businessman who found this via Google while looking for information about the emerging Latvian sputter magnetron cluster, please let me know.


Anonymous said...

Very very cool picture, and mysterious, too!

Rob said...

It turns out I use optics that were prepared with a sputter magnetron.... Speaking of such things, have you heard of a company called Quantronix? I use a laser made by them, and I think that they used to be based in Latvia (or was it Lithuania).

MSH said...

I was just going to comment that, maybe Rob should go and work on the sputter magna-whatsit because it sounds like his field. Apparently we are psychic, or I actually sort of know what he does, or we are just married.