Design Prototyping

Last night I watched an industrial designer put his engineering mind to work by bringing a medical project to life on the Milling Machine. A complete pleasure to watch as he weaved the machine like a pen around the product as it was taking shape in front of us.

Numerically Controlled Milling

The material is measured for accuracy before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling

The mill shaft and bit are measured for accuracy using a calliper before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling

The mill shaft and bit are measured for accuracy using a calliper before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling

The mill shaft and bit are measured for accuracy before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling

The bit and material are monitored during the first cut to ensure tight tolerances are maintained during the sweep.

Numerically Controlled Milling

The mill bed is manoeuvred into position using a numerically controlled three axis panel, switchable between metric and Imperial measurements within thousandths of and inch and micrometers.
The material is then placed in the mill vice, levelled, tightened and tapped with a hammer to ensure the seating has solid purchase on the material. At this point the mill can be programmed to run its sweep based on the instructions of the operator.

Numerically Controlled Milling

Monitoring the cut during the sweep to ensure consistency of the cut, afterwards the material is checked for possible inconsistencies caused by variables in the cutting process.