Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Another Day in the Workshop

***Another Day in the Workshop


As Marc's return to Germany is nearing fast, Josh, Tyler and myself are now spending all our time trying to learn as much as possible. The complexity of the CNC lathe is amazing but the kids are soaking up the knowledge almost effortlessly. On the other hand, I am trying to look at the project from the Devil's advocate perspective, asking tough and tricky questions. Maybe I am just too critical or too cautious, but I am trying to predict all unpredictable scenarios.  The list of 'what we need' is endless: tools, materials, guide bushes, collets, cutters, measuring equipment... But then again, setting up a specialist micro-machining workshop is a lifelong journey so these things cannot be rushed.

Here are a couple of photos for fellow machinists: making small metal parts means your metal chips and swarf is miniature as well.
The finest we've produced now is just 16 microns in thickness. Fine, consistent and amazingly cool :-)

This morning, for the first time in 4 years, I am wearing my black 'Save The Time' t-shirt.  Life is so unpredictable and takes strange turns.  I feel like Alice's White Rabbit - "the hurrier I go, the behinder I get".  But we'll get there - for sure.

Stay tuned,
Nick




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