Good quality high vacuum valves are very expensive, so I decided to make them by myself.
  • Year: 2013
  • Project: Vacuum system upgrade
  • Materials: Stainless steel, Aluminium, Brass, Teflon.

Vacuum flange blank
First thing I have machined two flange blanks from T6061 aluminium
Drilling holes
Drilling holes
Vacuum valve blank with threadings
Part one is complete including threadings
Vacuum valve brass fittings
Vacuum valve with brass fittings
valve stainless steel needle
Making valve needles from stainless steel, very delicate work
Vacuum valve needles after a polish
Needles after a polish
Cleaning and checking all valve parts
Cleaning and checking all parts, one by one for defects
Machined gaskets
I have machined all gaskets and needle blocks
vacuum valves pre assembly
valve parts after cleaning
Valve parts after cleaning
Valve installed in vacuum system
Valves are installed in a vacuum system
Neon bottle valve
On the way, I have made another valve for a Neon gas bottle
Next Project - "Spiral Lamp"