If I have a CNC router and haven’t made wooden gears – isn’t that a crime?
http://geargenerator.com -> SVG -> InkScape -> EPS -> VCarve Pro -> WinCNC -> CAMaster CNC Router -> Baltic Birch -> Gears
They run very smoothly. Next I need to improve the mounting. I’m thinking either real bearings or HDPE bushings.
Recently I needed to align my CNC router spindle to the table. Part of doing this involved tapping on metal parts here and there. Not wanting to damage them, I needed a “soft” hammer to use, so I quickly made a brass hammer.
Here is a little robot the kids and I were working on.
We designed it in Solidworks.
Prepared for printing in the MakerWare software.
Printed it on the MakerBot. It failed halfway through and we had to re-print some of the parts.
Here is a closeup of the print.
And some pictures of the finished chassis.
We used custom rubber bands for tires. Threads were even printed into some of the parts so 6mm bolts could screw right in.
At Sinking Valley Woodworks, we take on odd jobs from time to time. One of these odd jobs was some car parts for an old Bentley restoration. Wood was a much more common material in cars in that era.
This particular piece is what goes at the top of the windshield and connects to the roof. It has curves on all faces, and compound curves on most. The new part was made out of Ash, carved on a CNC router, and finished by hand.
There is a great article about Vertical Turning over at Okuma’s site.
I find this interesting because of the capabilities of the OKUMA MU500 5-Axis mill with turning capabilities. What an impressive machine: