It has been quite some time since I've done any posts on here, but I wanted to start getting into the habit of doing it more routinely. I've also started to attempt to create some videos for posting on YouTube. I have have quite a number of requests for pictures and/or videos of the machining process, and thus have started to do some video production. Here's the latest video, and please subscribe to the channel as I will be working hard to add new content as well as get better at creating content!
Also, here are a few pictures of a custom spinning top I recently machined for a customer. I only spun it once, but it went over 17 minutes!
First, the outer 'shell' and inner 'shell' of the top was machined. The outer was made from 303 stainless steel, and was about 1.5" in diameter. The inner was grade 5 titanium, about 1" in diameter.
The parts were machined to be a light press fit, and were pressed together.
Next, a stem made from 7075 aluminum was machined to fit and pressed into the inner 'shell'. I then machined the outer diameter of the top to have a bull-nose profile using my shop-made ball/radius turner.
Here, the top has been completely finished, with the exception of the step, which still needs to be parted off and machined.
Here the top is complete!
A couple more pics of the completed top!
Thanks for reading,