My Recent Photography Portfolio

I post most of my photography on Flickr these days since I have moved on from being a ‘semi-pro’ photographer and more into the realm of hobbiest and photo blogger. Since it is the 1st of Feb I though it was worth recapping some of my shots from January and even some of the December images I captured. Escape (Light …

Making Aluminium Wheels For Cars

Since it is the weekend let’s look at a video that steps us through the various processes from start to finish of two manufacturing methods for the same product. In this video we are taken through the manufacturing processes at Rays Wheels for their forged aluminium wheels and cast aluminium wheels. First we are shown the steps undertaken in their …

Manufacturing Rolling Element Bearings

This video from Nachi Bearing takes us through the complete series of processes used in manufacturing rolling element bearings. It shows the manufacture of bearing element for a deep groove ball bearing including the inner and outer rings, the rolling elements and the retainer as well as the assembly of the bearing. Processes in making the bearings include: Inner and …

3D Laser Cutting With A 5-Axis Head

When you add a laser cutter to a 5-axis CNC machine head you get flexibility in cutting. This Mitsubishi V220 Laser Cutting Unit shows just how flexible it can be cutting profiles in a pressed 3mm A5052 Aluminium form. Mitsubishi also show how the laser cutting head handles 8mm SUS304 Stainless Steel, 8mm A5052 Aluminium, 16mm SS400 Mild Steel but only …

Painting An Airbus A380

What does it take to paint the largest passenger plane in the world? Well I would start with a very big paint shop and a good chunk of time. Check out this Airbus A380 getting a fresh coat of paint in the Emirates livery. It is a very big operation and very much manual when it comes to laying the …

3D Printing An Impossible Object

In this video 3D Printing Systems shows a model they make of an impossible object using a Fused Deposition Modelling machine. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing method (ie. a type of 3D printing) where a filament of material is heated and extruded to build layers of the model which fuses as it cools forming a solid model. …