For my manufacturing processes class, we had to design and build a working device. Our team chose to make a desk that featured a magnetic whiteboard surface and rotatable legs which would allow the desk to be positioned in any convenient way. The desk featured a solid oak table-top, magnetic and whiteboard surface, pencil holder, quick-release joints, and a solid aluminum build.
The manufacturing processes used for this desk included using the band-saw, mill, lathe, CNC mill, TIG welding, grinding, and painting. I focused primarily on writing the CNC code and cutting the hinge pieces which I designed.
From this experience I learned several things, including:
- Use hollow tubes when possible, both for cost and weight
- TIG welding is really hard
- If using coolant when milling, do not use a wood clamping block, since this will expand and change the depth of cut
- Always double check your z-values when using a CNC mill
- Use off-the-shelf parts when possible.
The following images are of different stages of the hinge design, including the initial design and the CNC work.