On a much more uplifting entry; we succeeded in melting glass (Studio Nuggets 96) on our machine for the first time last night! We got the crystal clear stuff up to 1100 Celsius (over 2,000F) and was nearly fluid as water! However, our thrifty SCR used to control the nozzle heater was not up to par for the current it wanted to draw (it is a low voltage high current monster) so we had to reluctantly ladle the glass out. We need to redo some minor things but all in all it was a success!
We are looking forward to the next run!