Now in the past, I have showcased some history of the machining technology David Lynskey used in his Litespeed facility on this blog, so click here to read that article if you haven't. Today, Lynskey works with U.S. milled aerospace grade 6AL-4V and 3AL-2.5V titanium and each bike is handcrafted to customer's needs using some special technology.
After some interesting hunting, I learnt that two new Mazak machining centers (CNC milling machines) were installed at the Lynskey facility. One is a Quick Turn Nexus 200-II and the other is a Vertical Center Nexus 510C-II. These babies are "the Cadillacs of CNC machines". These options will give them design and manufacturing flexibility, productivity and time savings.
In the following sample video, we can see the 5-axis tool path in creating a fork dropout and a headtube badge. This is actually created in CAD/CAM which generates the NC machine code, which is then fed to the Mazak machine via Ethernet cable. The machine now knows "what to machine" and "how to machine" it. This is one episode in a series of videos called "How We Make A Lynskey". I encourage Lynskey to go ahead and keep showing normal customers what role these machines and tools play in the big scheme of things. There is great value in not only purchasing and riding a certain variety of bikes but also learning how they're made.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES :
Technology Helps Bike Builder Pick Up Speed
Introduction To Machining
Ch 20 : Machine Controls from Tool And Manufacturing Engineer's Handbook
CAD/CAM Process Planning : A PDF Presentation from MIT
Can A Titanium Frame Be Reused After Fire Abuse? An Analysis
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