I picked up a new toy a few weeks ago and I finally have it up and running.
This is my first real CNC machine and I have managed to figure out how to work most of the controls but there is still much I need to learn. It is a Fadal VMC3016 CNC mill with a fourth axis and 10,00 rpm spindle, it is in great shape for its age.
The first thing I decided to make were a couple of header flanges for the custom exhaust. I removed the exhaust tubes off the factory exhaust flange so that I could get the exact measurements I needed for the holes. I then drew up the part and made up the necessary code for the Fadal CNC.
I used a piece of 2 1/2” x 3/8” flat bar for the flange and placed one piece below to protect the table just in case I made a mistake.
Here is the header flange after milling it up. I still need to saw off the ends and clean up the holes. I added the clamp in the middle once I had faced the gasket side of the flange so that it would not chatter when machining.
The finished piece ready for test fitting.
Test fitting the header flange and they fit perfectly with the 1 1/2” j-tubes I will be using.
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Here is a video I shot while machining the header flange. This is the first piece that I have made with this machine and I was a little worried that I might have entered in something wrong that would have caused a crash or break something but other than the tool holder touching one of the threaded rods it went OK.
Next I will start on the pipes.