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Started by aswracing, February 10, 2021, 05:30:06 PM
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Quote from: aswracing on February 10, 2021, 05:30:06 PMI can't for the life of me figure out how to embed a video here anymore, so forgive me for providing a link instead:https://youtu.be/9E9noJwjAD4The way I used to do it doesn't seem to work anymore.In any event, big day here at HAMMER PERFORMANCE. It took us a week, but we finally got the brand spanky new H85AX honing machine working and the cylinders are all coming out GREAT.We shipped over 950 engine kits last year, and honing all those cylinders by hand was just getting to be too time consuming.This baby can hone SIX cylinders unattended! Every one of them comes out perfect, as the machine automatically measures the size and adjusts tension and location to make sure the cylinder comes out straight and round. It also automatically does the plateau hone step.The diamond honing stones cost thousands per set. But fortunately, a set lasts about 180,000 cylinders, or so they tell us.Now the bottleneck has moved to gapping rings and preassembling kits. HAMMER Dan had to order a second ring gapping machine.We have a bunch of automation now. We have a 3-axis vertical CNC machine, a pair of 4-axis vertical CNC machines, a 5-axis vertical CNC machine (for porting), and now this 6-hole automatic honing machine.The place is no longer two old washed up racers playing in their sandbox, it's become a freakin' factory. But automation ensures we can keep up with demand while at the same time making a quality, consistent product. Our sales have grown dramatically and this is what it takes.It still takes people, though. We're at nine employees at the moment. You can see all our ugly mugs here: http://www.hammerperf.com/hpcrew.shtml . Without all these machines, there's no way in Hades we could do it with nine people.We've also outgrown our 7500 square foot shop that we just bought 7 years ago. We're busting at the seams!
Quote from: farmall on February 11, 2021, 10:43:50 AMNice to know you're moving serious kit quantities! Any idea when the big bore kit 88" and 90" Axtell cylinder availability issues will be resolved or if they'll be resolved? Is Axtell having hard times?My bro wants to build his Sporty into a beast but if those jugs are not realistically going to be available this year then I need to let him know so he can pursue something different. Might it be worth it to produce bigger bore jugs in-house too or sub out your own designs? As older companies change or disappear reliance on them could be problematic. Foundry costs would probably be prohibitive (they severely impeded Solenberg's Delkron revival but their parts like FXR inner primarys pretty much require casting) but billet might be reasonable since it's cheap enough to make car wheels out of and wheel-size billet is far more expensive. Billet would be far cheaper to prototype and upgrade designs, and a turning center could be used for much more than jugs.
Quote from: wfolarry on February 21, 2021, 04:54:46 AMI seen that machine in action at the PRI show. Do you have their machine for boring cylinders too?
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