A few things for you in today's post...
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Last weekend I spent some time with my son and made some aluminum wheels to go with the EpicMake™ Aluminum Construction Sets (sorry, I don't have any of these sets left - all sold).
I had Julien design the wheels himself (I helped him a little). He helped with the water-jet cutting ...and I did the cnc milling (because, truthfully, it was a little tricky). I think they turned out pretty good.
Here's some of the making of them...
First thing was to water-jet cut a blank from 20mm thick aluminum (I don't have a lathe ...so the machining has to be done on the mill):
Next thing is to fixture the blank securely for machining:
After the first operation the blanks look like this (kind of look like yoyos :-D):
Here's what the second machining operation looks like:
A close-up of the wheels starting to take shape (only the final, third operation to go after this):
Here's the full set:
(those are bearings in the middle ...so, yeah, the wheels spin for a loooooong time :-P)
Finally finished and on the "car":
Unfortunately, these are not available for sale because they need more development.
In the previous blog post I showed you an initial knife prototype.
Well, since then, we've spent some more time evolving the design ...and we're getting very close to something we will be making soon.
It's a fixed blade design and will look something like this:
I'll go into more detail about this knife soon (because there have been a TON of very specific design choices for this knife ...so there is quite a bit to talk to you about).
A couple of quick things...
The blade will most likely not be smooth like in the above CAD drawing - but will have cnc-machined lines in it (we've never done this before - so it's going to be interesting).
The scales will likely be G10.
I've been working on this for a little while now...
...and it's been fairly "challenging" to say the least.
This project is for a super-compact bobby-blade knife. The plan is to use a standard #11 Hobby Blade (since they are very common). Also, I've been asked for this a lot - so that's another reason to have a go at this :-).
I'm still not 100% sure we can do it (actually, that's a lie ...because we pretty much tackle anything ...but, time is always an issue, and there is only so much time you can spend on something).
I plan to keep working on it becuase, if we can do it, then it's really going to be a super-slick ...super-compact ...super-minimalist ...super-EVERYTHING hobby-blade knife for your keychain.
And I think that's all I have for you today.
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