How Not To Make A Glow Conveyor Belt

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TuckerShannonTuckerShannon 06/14/2021 at 02:550 Comments

When creating my metal glow scroll plot clock, shown below, I needed a sort of "conveyor belt" made of glow in the dark material.

I (unfortunately) decided to make a glow-in-the-dark silicon band using smooth-on silicon and glow-in-the-dark powder.

I 3D-printed a mould and poured a 2-part silicon with a mixed-in glow-powder

Using a vacuum chamber, I removed the air bubbles from the mould. 

I cut the top part off later

As a result, I had a really cool glow-in-the-dark belt!

Unfortunately, it came off the rollers almost immediately and was completely unusable...

As a desperate final attempt, I purchased some glow-in-the-dark duct tape. I learned adding flour to the back removes the sticky property of the tape!