Go to pieces

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The finished parts – and the finished project. Photo: MCR Machine Houston, Inc.

All together now

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A view of the fish, fully assembled. Photo: MCR Machine Houston, Inc.

Pieces of a puzzle

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The EDM begins to produce the 11 individual parts of the finished assembly. Photo: MCR Machine Houston, Inc.

EDM, again

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Now engraved, the workpiece is returned to the EDM for the cutting sequences. Photo: MCR Machine Houston, Inc.

Grave consideration

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Engraving the aluminum workpiece on the a Toyoda FV1680 machining center. The vertical machine has axis strokes of 63×31.5×31.5 in. (X,Y,Z). The table size is 68.9×31.5 in., and 1,000 mm is available between table and spindle nose, which provides space for a 4-axis rotary table. MCR Machine has two Toyoda FV1680 machines in place. Photo:….

Program in place

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The project was programmed on MCR Machine’s Mitsubishi BA24 large-capacity, wire EDM. The machine offers X, Y, Z travel dimensions of 23.6×15.7×16.7 in., with a four-sided work table and all stainless steel work tank and fluid system. Photo: MCR Machine Houston, Inc.

Adapting to change

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A SolidWorks adaptation of a design originally rendered in wood. Illustration: MCR Machine Houston, Inc.