Mini Titanium Skull (...and other things)
Before we get into the main post I'll just mentioned some quick Updates on projects/products...
We have a ton of parts machined and sanded on late projects. Right now the tumbling is the bottle-neck. I'll do a more product specific update soon (after the end of this week because we're going to be shipping a load of stuff this week and then I'll know where we are).
This week I'm hoping to have the SlideCache, SlideClick, CoolKey and (hopefully) the Dice fully shipped (there might be a little spill-over into next week).
If you're waiting on Titanium Dominoes ...then I have to confess I made an amateur error on the positioning of the layout on the #7 "dots".
Here's what I mean:
So, in keeping with my "impossibly high standards", I'm going to re-do all the "#7" dominoes in the sets I've made (and was just about to ship). So, if you're waiting for yours, then my apologies for the additional delay.
Titanium Skull (well, almost)
A quick confession:
What I'm about to show you is an aluminium version (because it is a lot more forgiving compared to titanium when trying something totally new for the first time).
Actually, before we jump right in...
The reason for making this "mini skull" is because we have a bunch of off-cuts of titanium from a previous project. They are around 50mm (2") in diameter and of various lengths.
The first thing I had to do was make a sort of conversion plate so we could hold the round bar vertically on the tombstone. Here's some of the making of this large, nut-shaped plate:
Next I had to skim down the end of the 50mm bar to 20mm so it was small enough to clamp vertically in the collet on the top of the tombstone.
Here's what the round blank looks like on the tombstone. It's now ready for milling.
I first had to do three passes on the top of the skull with the 8mm ball endmill so I had the clearance to start machining down the full outside of it. Here's what that initial milling resulted in... (oh, and this is just a roughing pass, so it's fairly crude and you can see not only the milling lines but also each individual cut from the endmill)
Here's the best video I have just now of the machining. I can do better in the future - but this will have to do for now:
Here's what the skull looks like after the first pass:
A couple of things:
-- This is aluminium (which, I don't think looks as nice as titanium)
-- The above images are of the ROUGH version of the skull. I started the finishing passes (which improve the skull dramatically and give it a lot more detail) but broke the tool I was using. By that time it was the end of the weekend and I had to get back to our typical milling work
-- If I make this, then the round column below the skull (which looks like it's "neck") will not be there - that was just a crude place-holder for this initial trial cut
Question for you...
I'd love to make some of these - but only if there is enough interest. If you're interested in one of these in titanium, then please do let me know (either in comments below or via email).
P.S. I'd also love to make much larger versions of these - but that would be another project for another time I think 🙂
P.P.S. Imagine a LIFE-SIZE titanium skull sitting on your desk!