how a oscillator crystals were made

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by kubeek, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. kubeek

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    Sep 20, 2005
    A very insteresting old documentary from 1943
    They sure don´t make them now like they used to :D
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  2. schmitt trigger

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    Jul 12, 2010
    The difference is that they are all made in China now
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  3. nsaspook

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    Aug 27, 2009
    With the same lack of personal protection & safety equipment seen on the 1943 film.
  4. atferrari

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    Jan 6, 2004
    So manual intensive! Enjoyed it!

    Thanks for sharing.
  5. ronv

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    Nov 12, 2008
    Brought back memories of making figure 8's on a plate to get the frequency just right.:)
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  6. be80be

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    Jul 5, 2008
    Thanks for the video
  7. boatsman

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    Jan 17, 2008
    Fascinating, thank you kubeek.
  8. Threeneurons

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    Jul 12, 2016
    I'd have to dig up some more videos. I didn't look at the video, but they use to mine the quartz crystals. I think Brazil was the big source for the raw stones. The process, was indeed labor intensive. Some time in the late 50's to early 60's they started growing the quartz ingots, much the same way the they process germanium and silicon ingots. Then at least the orientation of the quartz lattice was preset in the ingot. This was one of many process changes that led to the reduction in cost of making crystals.

    I still remember, in the 80s, that crystals where not all that cheap. In under 100 quantities, they still cost several dollars each. Though you could get a custom frequency part made, for under $20, in ones-n-two-zees quantities. Prices really started to fall until the rise of computers in everybody's house. Ceramic resonantors use to be a low cost alternative, if the frequency didn't need to be too precise. Lately, I've found lots of sources for crystals costing only a few dimes, in low quantities.