SiC has the potential to be a modern Prima Materia. Made from the common elements of sand and carbon, true wealth in the form of new products and industry can be made. I thought it was a fitting name for what we are doing.
A process for sintering silicon carbide is provided which includes the steps of providing a silicon carbide powder of silicon carbide granules; purifying the silicon carbide powder; subjecting the purified silicon carbide powder to a gel-casting process; removing the gel-cast part from the mold; drying the gel-cast part; obtaining a dried cast ceramic part (a green body) which is capable of green machining into a final desired shape; firing the green body in an oven at temperatures ranging from about 100° C. to about 1900° C. to remove or burn out any polymer remaining in the ceramic; and sintering the green body at temperatures ranging from about 1600° C. to less than about 2200° C.
In 1985 and 1994 Mr. Adams won the Veteran Motor Cars Club Award for Best Professional Restorer of the Year. From 1976 until 1996 he won the Antique Automobile Club of America’s awards for best in class nationally fifteen times. Mr. Adams won over 300 first place awards, completing 30 restorations averaging 6,000 man hours each. His most recent work won Best in Show at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He has written a monthly column on car restoration for Car Collector and Cars & Parts magazines.
Some of Mr. Adams patented designs and inventions include: one of a kind parts, prototype parts, methods for high volume, high quality thin walled sleeves used in remanufacturing automobile parts, production boring machines that were ultimately operated at GM, Ford, TRW, Moog, Cardone A1, and many other re-manufacturers worldwide, the first BoneTM mechanics creeper which won a place in Motor Trend magazine’s top ten new products of 1996, the Bone-sterTM model in 2004 for down scale markets, and the Tail BoneTM creeper seat in 2010 which won a spot on the DIY Network’s top 25 best tools of the year in 2011 on their Cool Tools show. In 2012 the Tail Bone also won a SEMA Global Media Award.
Presently, Mr. Adams has worked on his Electricity Generating Furnace project and has pioneered and patented research on sintering silicon carbide (SiC) and the use of ceramics in high temperature and high stress environments. He knows that the use of SiC will be a life changing process that can be applied to many different products, applications and industries.