For the techies – forming a racing block from billet aluminium

Non-Saaby.

I’m constantly amazed when I see the things people can do with the right tools. They always make me feel like a complete idiot, but in the nicest possible way.

If you’re like me and have absolutely no idea about the real work done to build components, then here’s your insight. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KLNJ8d8Vqc

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago
Haha it’s Dave Cindrich, I know that guy! (the one operating the machine) He makes some ridiculously cool alumninum skateboards. We use a CNC mill similar to that at work, and I’ve designed projects like that where we advance prototype cladding panels for production. This is the future of construction, and I’ve always wondered how it would work to build an engine. What’s crazy is how the drill has to work from the outside in and needs a clear path to bore out it’s cavities. The design is so much harder working this way, and the fabrication is like a… Read more »
GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago
There is a lot of interesting technical stuff going on, software and hardware are kid of coming together right now. For instance, it’s amazing what a combination of SolidWorks (a relativily inexpensive solid modeling program) hooked up to 3D printing can do. We’re using it mainly for fast prototyping because the materials used are not strong enough, but I’m sure that in a few years materials will become available that will make it possible to make practical anything. Already now you can buy 3D printing equipment for $1000. That’s revolutionary because, in a cost effective way, you are able to… Read more »
Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago
I think I know what you mean-I while back I was privelidged to see a CAD system coupled to a thermosetting resin tank which had a 1.2 megapixel spread spectrum lazer on all sides (for want of a better word it used several clear prisms to beam light and heat at differing wavelengths into the substrate the substrate could also be photoreactive but we didn’t test that bit) it made impossible stuff like a rudimentary ball and socket jount which sort of worked- a ball in a box was another thing totally seamless. -it was pretty brittle a bit like… Read more »
Ryan McLean
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5 years 7 months ago

Kirkham! That’s right here where I am.

Marco
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Marco
5 years 7 months ago

Now, that’s a lot of work for a CNC. I wonder how long it took overall…

Nice looking car bodies in the background. Does anyone know if they are made from scratch of from an existing body?

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

Swade, I agree totally! What people and machine can do to a solid lump of metal is amazing. We used to have a machinist at work who could make the most amazing things and was not using cnc but rather mills and lathes dating from the 1960’s!

NickT
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NickT
5 years 7 months ago

I have a couple of those..

Working over a T7 head. 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXaIqPbnQKU

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