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    Armada X build thread (pic heavy)

    This is a picture log of the progression on the Armada X from start to finish. I will explain as much as I can so if you are not a machinist or familiar with manufacturing you at least understand what is happening and hopefully learn a little.

    Here is the original image Bunny sent me of the Euro X slug body I was to machine.

    due to a lack of files/prints I had to reverse engineer the entire body file from the slug once I got it in my hands. Not particularly time consuming, just tedious and in the way as free time is a luxury. In the meantime I still knew the body was going to be cocker threaded so I went ahead and got the barrel threads put in before I even knew what the marker would look like.

    the body is resting with its rear most face against the mill table and the knee (part that the body is clamped to) has been indicated (zero'd) so that I know it is perpendicular to the table. All that is left to do is pick up the center of the existing bore so I know the threads will be perfectly inline with the firing axis of the marker body. To pick up a center I use a coaxial indicator seen below, I had the center point picked up to within .0005" (half thou) in x and y which is basically one resolution increment of the dial. To put a half thou into perspective, typical office paper is around .003" thick(three thousandths)

    This is the bore size the slug bodies have originally (5/8" IIRC)

    The tapping process; note this is after a few different drills have already had their way with the slug at specific depths to create appropriate clearance and tap diameters for the barrel

    and viola, we have a cocker threaded slug body

    Once I got the cocker threads put in, there was really nothing I could do until I finished the model.

    fast forward a month or so and I have the body completely modeled and Bunny approved.

    here is a glimpse of one of the tool paths I used to finish machine the right side of the marker

    since we do not have 5th axis capability at my shop I simply worked on the body in multiple operations (not ideal but it gets the job done for simple 1 off parts, cosmetic milling esspecially)

    the first cnc operation I performed was to remove the bulk of the material from the barrel bore and generate the front profile curve, the setup is pictured below

    mill is coming in

    and ta da, the front curve is done

    here it is all de-burred

    next up I generated the rear bottom smooth face of the marker (part under the valve)

    heres the roughing pass

    and after finishing pass

    next up I created the curve directly above the valve

    to make the part easier/safer to work with in a conventional vise I made a small two part fixture. The first part is a simple rod with two diameters and a few threaded holes in the right locations to sit inside of the marker body where the valve and bolt assembly would normally go. The second part was a squared bar to side underneath of the body, I precisely controlled the size of a boss on the top side of this bar so that it was just shy of a press fit into the underside of a pocket near the front of the slug body. See the picture below. The locating boss was very important so that I could indicate the left and right faces of the body without actually touching either side of the physical body (allowing me to fully machine each side in separate operations without losing indicating surfaces between ops)

    next I rounded the top rear, on top of the valve, and then proceeded to finish machine the top surfaces of the body as I would not be able to get at them from the left or right sides when I finish the sides later.

    finally ready to work on the sides of the body, right side first, note the orientation of the parallels and v block I was using to hold the part in the vise.

    after roughing

    machining anxiety is a breed all its own

    after finishing

    here is a clearer view of the fixture bottom

    same concept for the breech machining ops and battery pack only very small and simple operations

    starting to look like something now at least

    after many hours of hand sanding/polishing to remove those pesky tool marks and make Stephens job a hell of alot easier

    got the marker sent back to Rob, get a tantalizing glimpse of the future a few weeks later

    Rob got the marker sent to Caustic, then we simply play the waiting game for a yield this

    and last but certainly not least Ben gets his turn to work his magic and make this whole project appear as professional as it should

    hope that was informative

    CNC Programmer/Machinist
    Polarstar Engineering and Machine

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    "machining anxiety" LOL

    Nice job! And no pressure doing a one off with only one blank.LOL I didnt scrap anything when i did the prototype ripper, phoenix and some crazy milling on a VLM spyder....high pressure/high stress jobs.LOL

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    Mar 2002
    Thanks for posting this up!!

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    No prob Rob

    And XMT, lets just say I was kicking myself for a week or so during this project for reasons only bunny and myself will ever know

    Worst feeling in the world when you scrap a high value part(s)...I know you know the feeling

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPanda View Post
    No prob Rob

    And XMT, lets just say I was kicking myself for a week or so during this project for reasons only bunny and myself will ever know

    Worst feeling in the world when you scrap a high value part(s)...I know you know the feeling

    I hope you got a paid a kings ransom because that gun is amazing!!!!

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    That is Bonkers!

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    WOW. Very nice, thanks for posting this up.


    Worst feeling in the world when you scrap a high value part(s)...[/QUOTE]

    I know the feeling. That sick pit'o the stomach knot. Even working with expensive materials. Crap called Torlon comes to mind. HATED working with it.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Medford MA
    Very interesting read and a VERY awesome build result. Thanks for sharing!

    (also, make one for me!)

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    Nov 2013
    informative? are you kidding me? That's the stuff AGD dreasm are made of right there!
    Put me down for one if you should ever consider milling more than just one of these again - absolutely gorgeous

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