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Thread: Machining a space shuttle main injector in 1977 - photo

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    How about the tooling behind the workpiece?
    Now THAT's a spindle indexer!
    Even if it's only a manifold, didn't originate without indexing...still only 1977.
    Last edited by Toolmaker51; 03-16-2019 at 09:22 PM.
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    I'd be so worried about making a mistake on that one!!! especially as you get closer and closer to the end. Respect for that guy!

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    Milwaukee rotary head mill with J-33 turbine setup. Glenn Research Center. 1950.

    Fullsize image: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...l_fullsize.jpg


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    Milwaukee rotary head mill with J-33 turbine setup. Glenn Research Center. 1950.
    Toolmaker51 says "This remains the single most intriguing machine tool; in operation and ability to contour with minimal setup."
    I too, affixed a rotary table to extend range in replicating iron speed change pivots of Bridgeport type mill. When imported versions first appeared, their interpretation was a poor casting. Even C1018 8" x 1.5" improved that situation; that I made near 30 years ago still operative 100%.
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    I'd love to see a video/movie of it in action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Machining a space shuttle main injector in 1977.

    Fullsize image: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...r_fullsize.jpg

    Sulphurized cutting oil?

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    Notice the indexing drum, handy way to make one!

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    I like the C clamp in the bottom of the picture surely a precision application.

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    I think the C-clamp (D-clamp when it's closed???) is holding a shield to keep chips out of the works.

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