Solar Atmospheres Donated Vacuum Furnace to Lehigh University

Solar Atmospheres, in conjunction with the William and Myrtle Jones Foundation, has donated and installed a laboratory furnace for Lehigh University’s Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. The furnace, The Mentor®, was designed and built by Solar Manufacturing. With SolarVac® Polaris control system, a hot zone capable of holding up to 250 pounds and a maximum temperature of 2800°F, the furnace was installed by Solar in Lehigh University’s Whitaker Lab, along with the necessary Solar-built transformer and water cooling system, specifically designed for the installation. After a tour of Lehigh University in early 2019, Solar founder and CEO William R. Jones was struck by an idea to benefit Lehigh, their students, and Solar. “Bill was thoroughly impressed during his tour of the metallurgical labs,” says Tim Steber, Regional Sales Manager for Solar Atmospheres. “He saw an opportunity to advance Lehigh’s capabilities and launch them into another area.” “The need for a pre-production size vacuum furnace for heat treating of additive manufactured printed parts and other metallurgical heat treating became apparent for Lehigh University and their teaching and experimental research,” Jones states. “As a result, Solar Atmospheres, Inc. has donated a Mentor® vacuum furnace to Lehigh University.”