Aluminum Plate Cutting

After a long wait with many postponements, we finally got the 1/4″ aluminum onto the Komo.  These parts are the end plates and brackets that really are the meat and potatoes of the machine design.  The brackets are everything.  It’s always so disconcerting putting so much work and effort into a design and then finally committing material to your efforts.

Getting the first aluminum billet setup on the KOMO.

Getting the first aluminum billet setup on the KOMO.

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The First piece of Material had a distinct cup defect.  This made the surfacing pass a bit uneven, we didn't set the z-depth for this toolpath deep enough.  I really wanted to preserve as much thickness as possible for rigidity sake, I guess in retrospect a few more thousandths of an inch wouldn't have mattered.

The First piece of Material had a distinct cup defect. This made the surfacing pass a bit uneven, we didn’t set the z-depth for this toolpath deep enough. I really wanted to preserve as much thickness as possible for rigidity sake, I guess in retrospect a few more thousandths of an inch wouldn’t have mattered.

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The first billet all cut out, so exciting to see these parts finally.

The first billet all cut out, so exciting to see these parts finally.

The second milling setup surfaced down much better.

The second milling setup surfaced down much better.

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That surface finish... awesome!

That surface finish… awesome!

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