Titanium Belt Buckle And More
Some very cool stuff for you today - let's get right into it...
A "Quick and Dirty" Titanium Concept
I've been asked many times over the years to make a belt-buckle - but, honestly, never really prioritized it.
But now, as I learn cnc-machining, I'm finding it a lot easier to get something from concept-in-my-head to product-in-my-hand.
I've started kind of playing with some ideas. There are two things that I know right now are almost certainly going to be features:
#1 - Ultra-simple and clean design
#2 - Machined from a solid billet of titanium (no screwing together of parts or anything like that)
One of the toughest parts will be the actual machining on the cnc machine (my machinist typically not only did production of my parts in the past ...but he'd do the prototyping as well).
I've come up with a rough concept (not near finished at all) just to help me try and figure out how to hold the titanium so as I can machine it.
Thought it might be worthwhile showing you the concept in case you have any feedback on it. It's nothing "fancy" - just a clean, simple design made from a solid chunk of Grade 5 Titanium.
Again, this is a rough concept and nothing is final on this design 🙂
How It's Made: CandyCan "XL"
We filmed a video recently of the the making of the CandyCan "XL" from start to finish.
The video is slightly different to previous videos I've done (a little more fast-paced) ...but hopefully you see clearly how this CandyCan version is made.
We made a few extra of the CandyCan "XL" on the last run and so we still have some available (typically they are not in stock).
New CNC Machine
If you recall in the last blog post...
I mentioned that we could be purchasing a new cnc milling machine. Well, the deal has gone through and the machine should be delivered tomorrow.
Hopefully it goes smoothly. The reason I say this is because it's meant to be pouring with rain tomorrow (which is funny because we've literally had only a handful of wet days over the last six months here in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand where I live).
Also, this machine is a bit of a beast - around 5.5 tons. I've opted to get specialized machine tool movers to move it because it's a fairly high-end machine.
I'll do another blog post soon about it ...assuming it all goes well!