Purpose of a Mill
Make Chips! If the mill is not making chips it is not doing its job!
Functional Requirements: Carry on luggage max size, minimal corrosion in dry environment, tamper resistant, UV light exposure for 10 yrs, and Most Importantly Artistic! Note that the width to heigth ratio of the exposed section is 1.6 to 1 (Golden ratio).
I picked aluminum because it is easy to machine, relatively inexpensive as well, good corrosion properties . The plate is bolted down in a permanent means to the concrete and the bolts are covered to mitigate theaft. To create the black letter the aluminum was machined and then hard coat black anodized. For artistic, the design of the exposed plate is to the golden ratio and the doves are symetrial about the y axis. The decorative design below and above the text provide a simple and decorative appeal. While there are other features that I would have loved to also include time is limited and sometimes you just have to decide by 80/20 standards.
HAWK Tool Components
Here are some of the components that I have made for the HAWK tool. Currently I can't show all of the really cool toys due to pending patents. One day they will be here.
Sept 2012: Consists of an engraved aluminum 3/8" thick using the Bridgeport EZtrack. All of the engraving was coded in Mastercam, and separated into four files due to the detail. The piece was sanded painted and sanded again to get the black engraved letters. This is only a small token of appreciation to Fresco's a business that treated the customers like family. Thank you Maria and Jimmy!
Aug 2012: Consists of a solid piece of aluminum 6 inches in diameter. On the top there is a flower that was engraved using the eztrack and the interior of the lid as a personal message. Three sphere 1/8" diameter help align the lid in the X-Y direction and three magnets pull the lid to the enclosure