Fairly annoying maintenance job - the battery backup for the CPU on the VF3 was dying, and I wanted it to be slightly more serviceable down the line. Made a quick and dirty battery holder for two of the same battery in parallel, with a pigtail long enough to position it in a more convenient spot in the control cabinet. The hard part was actually soldering the pigtail onto the board... according to the Haas techs that were out here about a month ago, it has to be done with the machine powered up in order to not lose all your parameters. So I find myself back in the corner (the door only opens about 30 degrees) soldering lefty in the most inaccessible corner of the cabinet, with a bunch of live 240V spicy bits right near my chest, and a couple miniscule traces that are about 1mm away from the battery leads I'm soldering to that I probably shouldn't touch. Fun.
Sample stainless bulkhead fitting for @peacevans with waterjet work done by @metalcreaturevashon
#gtaw #stainlesssteel #metalfabrication
I put my thang down, flip it and reverse it
Full color graphics simulation on the new @haas_automation Super Mini Mill - what luxury! Oh and it's crazy fast. Max usable feed on the '93 VF-3 was only like 80ish inches per minute when doing HSM moves and so we weren't really doing real HSM. Hitting about 400ipm on the new machine at 90% spindle load without even really trying to optimize anything.
Anyways, turning a piece of scrap into a disc brake rotor spacer for @ian____t was a good HSM test project.
#runcnc #haascnc #moped #thisonegoesto11
Had to get a little creative last week drilling a pilot hole through this 8" thick chunk of A36 for our neighbors at Burning Specialties, Inc.
The old @haas_automation VF-3 was maxed out in Z with about .060" clearance between the drill and the part, which was partially due to the fixturing, and partially due to the unnecessarily long drill. The engine hoist didn't clear the base of the casting underneath the mill enclosure, which I only realized after getting the part all the way over there, so I built some quick and dirty table extensions and slid the part in. Kind of silly for one hole but it got the job done.
Changing out the pump motor on our @slayerespresso test rig and upgrading to a NEMA 34 stepper instead of the stock motor. Machined some pump head adapter halves so that the shaft coupler can be tightened between the motor and pump head while they are positioned correctly. It's small enough that it might actually fit inside the machine.
#instamachinist #runcnc #haascnc
Busy around here. Selected shots from the last couple weeks.
1 - quick n dirty 3J collet stop for the Daewoo
2 - fully eyeball machined heat sink / purge block for doing some stainless sheet TIG work
3 - another batch of our beefmode cotter pin presses for @treatland (available at treatland.tv)
4 - single point threading against a shoulder with. 005" shoulder clearance on the Daewoo
5 - @haulincolin doing some aluminum MIG work with the new @froniusweldingusa machine on an exhibit for @pacsci
6 - 2600hz Captain Crunch whistle at @livingcomputers ❤️
#instamachinist #nerdalert #gtaw #gmaw
Finished up this project on Friday - 20 goretex seam sealing machines. Lots of little parts, but nothing terribly complex. Kind of cool little assemblies.
#machining #runcnc #manualmachinist #jobshop #autobotsassemble
Weird setup of the day, and reverse engineering some CNC bender dies so we can replicate them in a smaller bend radius for... gasp - another limited production run of porteur racks! Stay tuned for more details in the next couple months. Probably doing pre-orders for 20 to see how it goes and then potentially another batch of 50.
#jobshop #rackbuilding #bender #shoplife
Happy new year! Plenty of things happening around here. Got through another batch of shoulder bolt shortening today, I think there's about another 1000 left. We got our @froniusweldingusa TIG machine (a Magicwave 230i) about two weeks ago and are selling our Syncrowave 350LX now if anyone's interested. It's up on Seattle CL, DM for a link or more details, or just search CL if you're interested. Last couple photos are of the CK torch I adapted to work with the Fronius. Had to do some creative brazing / machining to add a little nub to the front of the Dinse adapter since the Fronius requires an o-ring seal for the shielding gas connection. You can barely see a line of silver in the closeup photo - the stock Dinse adapter ended right before that. Went ahead and ran a 4 conductor signal line up along the coolant hoses with the intent of 3D printing a little tactile switch enclosure to mount near, but not on the torch. The torch which came with the Fronius is fancy in its own right, with interchangeable heads and a cute work light, and it supports remote panel amperage adjustments from buttons on the torch itself, but I am anticipating that we'll find that torch a bit too clunky for finer TIG work (i.e. frame repair and mitered joints). I don't know when I'll get to the amperage controls on the CK but I was already in the process of bundling torch hoses and figured it was easy to throw some signal lines in there at the same time.
#jobshop #cablemanagement #machining #gtaw #weldporn #fullnerdmode