Friday, February 17, 2017

Germany Updates, Part Two

***Josh and Tyler reporting from Europe [part 2]

"If someone had told me 6 months ago that I would be making watch parts, I would have laughed at them" - said Tyler. As excited as only he can be, Tyler is raving about the first batch of screws they've just made. Are we making history here? Two Aussie kids designing, programming and machining on their own CNC lathe?

Maybe. But it is fair to say that things are happening at such a pace that we are constantly focused on just one thing: the next tool, the next attachment, the next piece of equipment and the material we'll need tomorrow.

Josh is bit less cheerful. After disassembling the lathe's main head to change the collet and bushing, the complexity and the level of accuracy required finally hit him. While watching the German engineer doing the fine adjustment, he felt like a student watching a violin maestro playing Stradivarius. It is a steep learning curve. Achieving precision is going to be a true challenge. Amidst all that, he is keeping his head firmly on his shoulders and making the tough decisions, for which he certainly gets my credit.

There will be tears and sleepless nights, but hey - if it was meant to be easy then everyone could call himself a Master.

Below is a link to the video of the first screw being manufactured. The boys sent this video of the machining in action, but be warned: you need an eagle eye to see the action. It takes 28 seconds to make one screw - and they are still taking it easy. The movement of the tools is just amazing. Just watch at 00:13 the screw being ejected into the catcher.

Stay tuned for more!

Happy collecting,

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