I would like to give a huge thanks to @oilmanmark at Prolong/Goldenwest Lubricants for helping out with the shop lately. Not only on the machining side of our shop, but also with @gibsonsauto and the automotive side. If you’re into auto/moto racing and machining I highly recommend following @oilmanmark All around good guy and my go-to when it comes to lubricants. Well worth a follow!
Over the past year or so I’ve shown some small shots of a polycarbonate bicycle frame I’ve been milling. As of last night, the website and Kickstarter have gone live. Follow @phantomframes for more photos and information or go directly to our website www.phantomframes.com. Stickers, shirts, and of course the bikes themselves are available currently thru Kickstarter.com just search Phantom Frames
Now that @animalbikes dropped these, I can give a little more info on what went into these this run. From the feedback from our followers it was decided to add an additional color to the line. Neither of us, Animal or myself, are big fans of bright colors and all that crap so we kept it industrial and went with black and clear for these. The finish is Mil-A 8625 Type II clear sulfuric anodize. This shows all details left in the material giving a raw look but the anodize will help resist wear and gives a nice surface for the laser to etch into. For all of those that asked for raw sprockets, these are for you! Head over to www.animalbikes.com and order yours now!
Fit the barrel using the Weigand Enhanced Barrel Fitting Fixture in my manual mill. This thing makes cutting, checking and recutting a breeze. Left everything a couple thou tight so I can polish it all down to size. Spent hours last time trying to file my first barrel to size. This was just a few minutes and I’ve got extremely even contact across both lugs.
Last Reflex mold to be run in the Fadal EMC before the big move on Wednesday. This mold is 17.00 x 13.00 x 3.00 and took roughly nine hours to cut including all the back drilling and channeling for vacuum. Surface was finished with a 1/4” BEM in a 3D offset patter from outside in with a .050” step over. The large step over allows the air to flow into the vacuum holes. Too smooth of a surface and the air is trapped causing bubbles and pockets in the polyethylene cushions we form on them. This one in particular is for a folding tray that holds a circuit board.