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Capillary Action, Are there structures that aid it?

  1. Apr 26, 2015 #1
    Hello,

    I'm an art student trying to recreate this phenomenon, but maybe on a larger scale.


    I'm trying to create a sculpture that is able to do that. If I can rely on just structure and not worry about materials, that would be great, since my plan is to be able to 3D print it out of plastic.

    Was wondering how possible this would be, or if I would have to change materials/designs to get the water to rise "by itself" maybe 6 ft.
     
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  3. Apr 26, 2015 #2

    mfb

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    Two meters is a challenge and would need extremely fine capillaries - probably too fine to print.
    The surface material matters, but that can be changed with a coating if necessary.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2015 #3
    Is there a structure that would work best?
    I'm not too familiar with whatever structure they used in the video.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2015 #4

    mfb

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    Small tubes work best.
     
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