Archive for August, 2008

Drilling radial holes and CNC

Drilling radial holes and CNC

I stumbled across this example of how you can drill radial holes without the need for a rotary table, as far as I can tell it’s just a case of mathematics and good measurements although machining it on a mill

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Building a Drill Drawer

Building a Drill Drawer

Back in March I built a bench/cupboard to support my pillar drill. This has been working fine but my selection of drills keeps getting covered in swarf, oil, saw dust or whatever I happen to be working on. For this

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Waterjet cutting

Waterjet cutting

Rex said… “Do you think you could make one of these? http://www.omax.com/ Or maybe install one in the workshed?” Rex had found that they were using these for cutting components at the Steam Punk Workshop for their latest metal sculpture

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Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library

Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library

The Steampunk Workshop is getting involved with the Burning Man project this year and making them a kinetic sculpture. There are a few interesting articles to read on their blog about making of their “Man’s heart” sculpture. They also have

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Making things in the oven

Making things in the oven

I’ve been reading in Tubal Cain’s book on heat treatment and he suggests that a domestic fire can be used for hardening and an electric oven can be used for tempering. I have seen some “portable pizza” ovens that could

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Pipecleaners

Pipecleaners

My tip for the day is to get hold of some pipe cleaners. These are great for getting bits of swarf from out of the nooks and crannies of your lathe and can also be used for cleaning out threads

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Tool makers clamp – work in progress

Tool makers clamp - work in progress

They say that the thing that separates the humans from the animals is the ability to make tools so I’m feeling all human at the moment. Over the last couple of weekends, I’ve been working on a tool makers clamp,

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3D printing

3D printing

A new company Shapeways is opening up to make small 20cm×25cm×33cm plastic objects based on a 3D modelling or CAD file. They hope to be able to make items upto 91cm×61cmx91cm in the future. Using a range of different materials

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