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    Default Home made Rolling Mill

    Ok a bit more about the Mill, will try and keep it short, this concerns the rollers as it is probably the most interesting.
    The whole process began with me obtaining some rollers ( well known Brand ) for no cost another story, these rollers turned out to be not usable, unfortunately the "Build you own mill" infection was to far advanced for me to stop now, sol I raided my I will need that one day section of my shed and found a section of 4340 steel, I only have a small lathe the stock just fitted into the chuck, I roughed down to size, the finished between centres leaving 1mm to finish later, to cut the grooves I hand ground purpose shaped tools for each one from HSS, then finished the two rollers to .5 mm. Now I needed to get them hardened.
    My partner Cait works for a very large aerospace company they have a small research and prototype shop, I spoke to Colin who said we have a small induction machine that should do the job, sounds like a good apprentice training job, and I get to watch. The rollers were passed through two induction coils heating them to a bright red and immediately cooled by liquid nitrogen sprayed from as set of nozzles just below the induction coils. The rollers were then placed in a computer controlled
    heat treatment oven controlled ramp up and ramp down, result hardened to depth of 3.2 mm at 65 RC. Collin then said I suppose you want us the finish them (silly question) .
    The machines used for finishing are in a clean room, so disposable overalls and hair bonnet have to be worn, the rollers were roughed finished in the main workshop, Colin mounted them in a precision lathe that runs on air bearings has a tolerance of .1 micron ( you can have one for just $2.3 million ), the cutting tip is a diamond, the lathe was programed at let do it's thing, fascinating watch, no pics (no image or sound recording devices allowed). The rollers came of the lathe looking as though they had been polished, no further work needed, I probably have the most hi tech set of rollers on the planet way over kill. But in the end they still cost me nothing.

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    Thanks for that Bob. It's Sunday tomorrow, so I should be able to knock some up in the morning. Regards, Dennis.

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    fabulous Bob,
    Great to read your story about the mill. working with an aerospace company ... nice claim to fame.
    talk about top of the range product... although production costs may go skyward.
    an antique of the future with it’s usual provenance.
    tool steel properties and hardening procedures are quite a minefield for the uninitiated.
    it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of Rebar in the Home workshop environment.
    I live just down the road from Bristol aerospace maybe I could get in and have a play with there tools.

    Nice to see your work ... nick

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_L...rf9BHtKU4lFUhQ

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    That's really interested would love to see when you have built it up.

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    Josef have a look here https://www.cooksongold.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=10940

    To be honest things just fell into place would have been a different story if I needed to chase down heat treating and precision grinding etc
    Last edited by china; 15-05-2021 at 04:17 PM.

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    That's brilliant !!

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    yes can all be found...but paying for it is another matter.
    have you come across fireball tools on YouTube... he makes some great stuff.

    Nice when things fall into place, working with your community and what’s available around you.

    The Business I work for gets a lot of there work done just around the corner at a large precision laser cut company. ... inspiring to see whats possible with a state of the art laser these days.

    nick

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    Last edited by nicks creative stuff; 15-05-2021 at 07:06 PM.

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