The SCRAP team’s little helper

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The SCRAP experiment sure has a lot of nice looking parts and fancy mechanics, but they’re not really gonna manufacture them selves now are they. Of course we have access to a fully equipped workshop full with lathes, mills, grinders, cutters etc., i.e. the kind of tools your grandpa used to build his rocket experiments.

However, in the 21st century a bit more sophisticated equipment is expected, and that is why we got this. I call him Steve 🙂 (disclaimer: name not yet official).

Steve (KX3) and his control computer (old as sin and running Mach3)
Steve (KX3) and his control computer (old as sin and running Mach3)

He’s a 200 kg heavy KX3 4-axis CNC milling machine with a 1kW total power, 5000 rmp max spindle speed and a 0.01 mm precision.
The computer is some old piece of junk we found laying around in the lab.

First order of business: Aluminium Christmas socks, cause why not?
First order of business: Aluminium Christmas socks, cause why not?

Hopefully Steve will bring us many happy memories and a severe reduction in manufacturing headaches (after the huge headache of the setup has finally settled that is).

/The SCRAP team

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