Rather excited about this one.
Got the electricians in today, and they ran power to the back of my shop. The primary objective was to get my kiln set up.
Tada! Kiln has power, and a brief test run got it up to 1200+ degrees in no time.
All this is in the back of the current office space. We have a sort-of garage in the back I’m using.
This office space (in real estate terms, you’d call it “flex space”) is pretty cheap, so my current plan is to assume I’m carrying that cost through the end of 2022. The overhead is so low, if I can sell 10 units per month, it will break even. So another way of saying things is that I am going to spend the next year and a half testing the market to see if these will sell. If I’m not moving 10 per month by the end of 2022, I’ll pull the plug.
This is the tool to cast the metal Harley emblems? I thought you were already making those … or were those others just models made on a 3D printer out of some other material (resin?) that you will use to make a mold? As you see, I know all about casting.
Anyway will be interested in the steps it takes to make your product.
There are a couple of monster Harley dealerships within 25 miles of me. So if it helps, send me a couple and I’ll try to sell them for you as a favor. Or come on down and we’ll go to some clubs or something.
This is the tool to cast the metal Harley emblems?
It’s part of it.
What you’ve seen so far are digital renderings and the occasional 3D print.
The process, end to end, looks like this:
And just that easy, you have the most beautiful motorcycle part in the world!
Next step is to wire up the internals. Pretty simple: A thermocouple in the kiln will feed a digital programmer, which will control a solid state relay that switches the power. All that is made easy by the fact that the controller will accept 220v power.
The magic is all inside the controller. The process I’m using requires a scheduled cure cycle. Stuff like “increase to 500 degrees over four hours, then hold for an hour, then increase to 800 degrees over two hours, then hold for two hours”, etc. The controller makes all that automatic.