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The folks at Aerogel.org are serious about it: The “Make” section of their exhaustive “open source aerogel” site will teach you how to make high-quality monolithic aerogel the way the pros do it, from building your our own supercritical drying apparatus (“manuclave” is their neologism), to mixing up the wet ingredients, to actually performing the supercritical drying operation. It still won’t be easy or cheap, but all the information you need is right there, well organized and clearly explained.

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. UR MOM says:

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, coolie-o

  2. Elixeroftruth says:

    For folks interested in getting an aerogel sample disc, block or tile for engineering projects or to experiment with, BuyAerogel.com sells silica aerogel, as well as other formulations, granules and blanket aerogels.

    They’re also the folks who wrote Aerogel.org, so they kinda know what they’re doing. It’s a lot easier than trying to get your own hands on some tetramethoxysilane (aerogel precursor)!

    1. Erich says:

      awesome, i want a sample for a 30 min material engineering class presentation i have to do!

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