Originally Posted by MehmetCan
O.k. I don't think anyone will object the necessity of a proper bench vice and the long list of the regular suspects of tools to have on the boat. However, what do you say about bigger tools/machines such as :
. Drill press
Most of these got stronger, cheaper and smaller throughout the years, however, the main question is to feed their power needs and whether it would be possible to keep their calibrations in order in a boat?
My answer? Just as necessary as proper dedicated storage
, extra tanks
Anyone has seen any? Any experience? Any thoughts?
Sounds good on paper but space and power are blockers on most vessels. The low power
units are only toys and lack sufficient torque to machine anything useful. We have redundancy and spares instead.
Can you imagine trying to machine something while underway. How would you contain and cleanup the swarf and coolant
. More practical to get to a port and find a machinist.
A friend has a 50' Chris Craft power boat
and he uses the helm cabin
as a workshop. The vessel doesn't leave the dock
I have a small TIG welder. It's not possible to run it from the boat electrics.
I'm now building a prototype 3D printer using a low power
tig torch and either small mig wire or MMC powders. It's going to be 2 - 3 years before any practical units are available.
Machining is horrendously expensive here in the bay area. I use the Crucible for all my welding and stainless fab.
Once we have low cost 3D printers that can make high tolerance metal components it will make sense to fit them on a boat.
The challenges are power consumption
, metal matrix composite powder fusing and price
. Some form of low power tig, laser or arc
fusing is needed.
Currently there are only some research
machines able to fuse MMCs. I did my masters in this area 15 years ago. Even building a working prototype is probably a year or to off for me.
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