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Spot Welded Sheet Metal Assembly in PreProduction at the TechShop

Using an inexpensive resistance spot welder, this complex 24 gauge sheet metal assembly is nearing completion at the TechShop in Menlo Park. This assembly was designed at the Techshop using Solidworks and then fabricated using the available tools at the TechShop.24 gauge cold rolled steel spot welded fabricationAnother happy TechShop Customer

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Follow Blocks in Fabrication for the R2D2 Metal Spinning Mandrel at the Techshop

Ryan Brown has completed the spinning mandrel and the largest of the series of 3 follow blocks. We are very close to finishing the R2D2 spinning tooling. Ryan has ordered and received the aluminium sheet for the first R2D2 domes. I also saw Ryan working on the R2D2 drawing for the extensive [...]

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Replacing High Speed Steel With Carbide On All My Metal Spinning Trim Tools

In general I have not been satisfied with the high speed steel trim tool I purchased from Terry Tynan. The trim tool that Terry Tynan sells is designed to use a standard 5/16" square tool bit. I just received three different type of carbide to bits from McMaster Carr. I have a Style [...]

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Spot Welding Going Very Well at the TechShop

Today Tim and I spot welding the 24 gauge cold rolled steel assemble we have been working on at the TechShop in Menlo Park, Ca.Next we will spot weld the vertical dividers in place. We will also add fascia and a bezel for the computer monitor at the top.

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Complex Sheet Metal Project Nearly Ready for Spot Welding at the TechShop

Complex 24 gauge sheet metal project is being fixtured for spot welding at the TechShop. Note size in reference to the 48"x96" piece of plywood. We hope to start spot welding tomorrow. This spot welded assembly was designed using Solidworks and the parts were hand fabricated at the Techshop by Earl, Tim, [...]

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First Plastic Part Pulled on New Tooling at the TechShop

Tom Twohy pulls first part off new tooling. Using the TechShopvacuum forming system and the new tooling (molds), Tom was able to yield the first part. This is a very difficult part because the design will only allow for a 1 degree draft angle. We used 1mm this ABS plastic for our first [...]

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Vacuum Forming Tool Completed at the TechShop

My colleague and fellow instructor at the TechShop, Tom Twohy just completed one of the many hard maple vacuum forming tools that we are making at the TechShop.Top of Vacuum Forming Tool 0270-000036-001Bottom of Vacuum Forming Tool 0270-000036-001

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Vacuum Forming Tooling in Manufacturing at the Techshop

We are manufacturing some vacuum forming tooling for a big project at the TechShop. This hard maple vacuum tool was designed using Solidworks. With a near perfect execution of the design concept by my colleague Tom Twohy, the "plastics" guy at the Techshop, we should be able to vacuum form some toling shots [...]

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Fixturing complex sheet metal assembly for spot welding at the Techshop

Today we started placing our sheet metal parts in an exercise to understand the fixturing requirements. tomorrow we will start clamping everything onto a piece of 3/4" x 4'x8' plywood. I have ordered 30 1" "C"-clamps from Harbor Freight Tools. The TechShop has some but not nearly enough.

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Hundreds of sheet metal parts being manufactured at the TechShop

For the last few day I have been busy manufacturing hundreds of sheet metal parts for a project at the TechShop. These parts were all designed in SolidWorks with the requirement that they be manufactured using the TechShop equipment.As this project more forward I will provide additional images of hardware and/or techniques used to manufacture.To [...]

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