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A.K. Boomer
12-27-2016, 12:52 AM
You know it's happened to you - you make a cut in a specific material at a certain rate/depth and speed and there it is on the floor, math in one of it's most unique forms staring back at you



It's Swarf art and its suitable for framing, (at least for guys like us)


this happened tonight while making some keys with some UHMW,

just as beautiful and detailed as a flower...

there's a perfect spiral hole down the center so stuck it on the drill bit to take a picture...

If you got some swarf art post it


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/AK_Boomer/DSC04201_zps1xfc177i.jpg (http://s146.photobucket.com/user/AK_Boomer/media/DSC04201_zps1xfc177i.jpg.html)


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/AK_Boomer/DSC04200_zps7rcmkvh0.jpg (http://s146.photobucket.com/user/AK_Boomer/media/DSC04200_zps7rcmkvh0.jpg.html)

elf
12-27-2016, 01:04 AM
Skiing in aluminum:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/etfrench/Misc/20161209_155814.jpg

A.K. Boomer
12-27-2016, 01:17 AM
Damn nice - there's some RPM's and feed rate going one there, and the depth of cut speaks for itself.



I actually think there's stuff that could come out of it so unique that if you learn the "recipe" and have a CNC machine a guy could make a living out of it...

but you would have to keep evolving because everyone would be doing it in short order...

boslab
12-27-2016, 07:48 AM
We had to the art dept of the local university come to collect swarf from the bins quite often, buckets of 6s and 9s off the big lathes taking 1/2 or deeper cuts, the thin film interference giving all sorts of blue, bronze colours, I never saw the end product but the bins were pretty
Mark

hwingo
12-27-2016, 10:21 AM
Here's one I photographed several years ago.
Harold

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee38/hwingo_2007/Swarf_zps0975235b.jpg (http://s234.photobucket.com/user/hwingo_2007/media/Swarf_zps0975235b.jpg.html)

A.K. Boomer
12-27-2016, 10:27 AM
I vote you the winner so far - you not only know how to take a great pic you put it in a frame!

really is awesome looking thanks for posting it.

wdtom44
12-27-2016, 10:46 AM
To the swarf artists, can you sell some of your work for outrageous sums to support your shop?

A.K. Boomer
12-27-2016, 10:54 AM
That's what I was thinking, but in a less practical sense, after seeing Harold's pic I think that's the way to go just sell prints,,, would make "taking your work home with you" a little less stressful...

I would like to know the story on Elf's pic - were you friction-stirring at high RPM's or is that an actually cutting bit?

hwingo
12-27-2016, 12:12 PM
To the swarf artists, can you sell some of your work for outrageous sums to support your shop?

From my perspective, the answer is a resounding NO. The only way to make money is for a company to hire you to capture images of their products .... as in advertising images.

Harold

chipmaker4130
12-27-2016, 03:01 PM
. . .is that an actually cutting bit? Looks like an actually busted bit to me.

A.K. Boomer
12-27-2016, 03:07 PM
Looks like an actually busted bit to me.


yes whatever it is it gave up the ghost, im sure there's an interesting story behind that one... I do not know what that red collar is or what it's for...

DICKEYBIRD
12-27-2016, 03:27 PM
I do not know what that red collar is or what it's for...It's how the small carbide drills are ID'd. The plastic collar gives them more room for printing.:)

elf
12-27-2016, 04:34 PM
I would like to know the story on Elf's pic - were you friction-stirring at high RPM's or is that an actually cutting bit?

That's my story, "Friction-stirring at high RPM's", and I'm sticking to it :cool:

Actually, the settings were somehow set for double the normal speed and depth. The bit was one I had been using for quite a while, so it may have been a bit dull as well. I was just a tiny bit too slow hitting the Emergency Stop button. Fortunately it didn't ruin the part.

The plastic ring is used for setting the bit in a tool holder at repeatable depths and also IDs the bit.

boslab
12-27-2016, 04:38 PM
It's amazing when you magnify anything, it's like a different world, I had a SEM photograph once of an alumina inclusion in steel, it looked like the Grand Canyon, the microscope reveals another universe just like the telescope, makes you wonder about our actual position on the size scale, top or bottom, I wonder sometimes.
I have a few carbide drills I bought in a set, Chinese but ok, they all have coloured collars, actually the collars seem to help, perhaps they add stiffness or damp resonance, I don't know
Mark

Mcgyver
12-27-2016, 06:27 PM
Harold, great image, thanks for posting it. for those of us trying to do better with our photography, can you give some comments on how you set up the lighting? That's some great visual appeal you've created....it would be great to see more of your work

rubes
12-27-2016, 06:55 PM
Those are some pretty cool looking pieces. Guess I'll have to keep an eye out.


...the microscope reveals another universe just like the telescope, makes you wonder about our actual position on the size scale, top or bottom, I wonder sometimes.
...

A bit OT, but wonder no more http://htwins.net/scale2/

Lew Hartswick
12-28-2016, 09:58 AM
My contributin:
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee238/LewHartswick/2005_0121_093515AA_zpsud2koayu.jpg
...lew...

hwingo
12-28-2016, 10:53 AM
Harold, great image, thanks for posting it. for those of us trying to do better with our photography, can you give some comments on how you set up the lighting? That's some great visual appeal you've created....it would be great to see more of your work

Thanks Mcgyver. In this particular case I used a large FROSTED sheet of mylar which was back lighted with a strobe and I used two soft lights (strobes) as main lighting. I set one to be a wee bit stronger than the other so as to cast a shadow and to provide depth to the image. This piece was very tiny so it took some messing with lights to get this effect. I normally use Large Format equipment (Sinar II) but I got lazy and used a Nikon D800 with a Nikon 55mm Macro lens.

Harold

BigBoy1
12-28-2016, 12:07 PM
I have a friend who teaches art at a local community college. I keep a bag close to my mill and lathe and I collect most of the unusual swarf and give it to her for her mixed medium art classes. It is all put to good use. I was drilling some black Delrin and it gave off very long curling strands. These strands turned into hair in a painting of ladies working. It also was the exhaust of a rocket taking off for the moon. The trash was turned into some very creative ideas.