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Mark C's rig (different Mark)
Two different customers named Mark have submitted design ideas, this one is for smaller items. A customer, Mark C. built this rig for photography use. Contact printing that requires perfectly even amounts of UV. I won't pretend to fully understand, but I can easy see he did a great job here. This type of rig would be perfect for any flat surfact curing, 18" x 18" photography, or small parts. He really took his time to make it a quality product, knowing he would be using it for years to come. Here are the basic specs for the rig:

1x Workhorse 8 ballast
6x Solacure SG-1-20 bulbs

This puts them in STANDARD MODE. Not super high output, but even output that is cool running and it makes the lamps last a super long time. You get around 17 watts per bulb. You can double the ballasts and run it at around 27-30w for VHO operation without a lot of effort.

By the way, CLICK ON ANY PICTURE to have it open up a full sized image in a new window. This lets you experience the full detail.

UV Curing rig using Solacure lamps, outside
The first image is the front. You can see he uses three medium duty hinges to open and close the box. This is good because they are probably overrated for the job, so they will never wear out, but it also shields you from the UV when the box is energized. He also used nice thin plywood. I tend to use a lot of OSB, but I have to build a lot of projects and it is easy and cheap. If you have the skills, plywood is always best.

UV Curing rig using Solacure lamps, outside with door open
The second shot shows the door open. I'm guessing he has the hinges offset, so they stick a bit. You wouldn't want that on a door but it works perfect for an application like this. The box is open on the bottom. There really is no need to have a bottom board, and this allows you to use it on any flat surface.

UV Curing rig using Solacure lamps, inside
This 3rd shot is the money shot. Here you see several important facts. He chose to put the ballast inside the box, which is fine for most applications where you aren't running the lamps for many hours on end. Next, you can see he added a 1 inch wide by half inch thick board for mounting the lamp ends / lamp holders. This serves many purposes. It puts more room over the lamps for heat disipation, and lets you use a longer screw for mounting the lamp ends themselves. He has perfect lamp spacing as well, as the space between the lamps is LESS THAN the distance from the lamps to the photo plate. This insures even exposure.

UV Curing rig using Solacure lamps, inside lower
This next shot, it might be hard to see, but I can tell that he wired the ballast to a male plug so he could use a standard computer plug on the outside of the box. Nice touch. We used similar male / female type plugs, the same dimension as a computer plug, when connecting the top and bottom halves of tanning beds to the control box. It makes a good connection and the parts are easy to find.

UV Curing rig using Solacure lamps, inside upper
You can see that he did a fantastic job routing the wires. Really nice, clean job that puts me to shame. Wire ties are always a good idea. They help keep the wires out of the way. In this case, on the left, he is just "daisy chaining" the yellow wires: short wires that jump from lamp end to lamp end until they get to the last one, which is connected to the yellow wire on the ballast. The red wires are just one per lamp. Very easy wiring configuration.

UV Curing rig using Solacure lamps, power on
Finally, you see the box when it is energized. All SG-1 lamps that unusual green color to them. This is due to the phosphor blend we use, but it is actually helpful as there is no doubt when you have the power on. He has it on carpet here, although I'm confident it will actually be used on a table top, a hard surface that makes loading and unloading a very simple thing to do.

Thanks to Mark for allowing me to share these photos with you. The goal is to help others who want to do unusual projects, and there is no better way than to show you what our customers are doing. Of course, your rig is probably going to be a little different, but we hope this gives you some ideas to help you realized your goals.

Dennis Brown

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