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
Been feeling too busy to post things as I go the past few weeks so here's a big pile.
1 - if anyone can guess what's going on here I'll give you $3.50 but you have to like, nail it
2 & 3 - some NOAA surplus buoys that @joelerroon and @nazaroff were working on that I offered to throw some CNC magic at (bore, counterbore, drill & tap bolt circle) just in time for the @equinoxstudiosseattle open house last Saturday
4 & 5 - finally upgraded the tailstock on the manual lathe with a permanent ratchet handle on the secondary clamp
6 & 7 - ultra precision semi precision weld fixturing and finished product
8 & 9 - secret sauce engraving, first time applying it to a non- single stroke font and very pleased with the results, and the assembly tool it's applied to
10 - Mr. Hotdog, a custom built tool for cutting SOOW cord, consisting of parts from an air crimper and a large hydraulic cable cutter, and some waterjet/ post- machined adapter plates I designed
Also we bought brand new @froniusweldingusa TIG and MIG units today and I might die waiting for them to arrive because I'm so excited.
#latergram #jobshop #shopfloorengineering #allthethings #runcnc #gtaw
About to shorten over a thousand of these stainless shoulder bolts using the Daewoo. Feeling thankful for flood coolant, constant surface speed, and inserted parting blades – it wasn't all that long ago that I would have been doing these manually.
#jobshop #nubchop #runcnc #stainlesssteel
Don't forget to come out tonight – it's our annual Equinox Studios Very Open House! Stop in and see all of us at Cyclefab, as well as countless other artists and craftspeople showing off their work.
#equinoxstudiosseattle #veryopenhouse #georgetowndetritus #partytime
The VF3 tapping a bunch of 1/4-20 holes in another polishing tool, while the manual lathe does some "live tool" work squaring the ends of a few compression springs that require a +/-1° end squareness and +/-.015" length tolerance.
#jobshop #semiprecision #instamachinist