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Duane's Factory Visit - October 2004

Part II

The blocks are placed in this machine, which in two steps, cuts, drills and otherwise shapes said blocks into two frames.

Frame cutting machine

Here is the inside of the machine showing some of the various cutting tools that rotate through the machine as needed.

Frame machine - cutting tools

Here is the spindle upon which the blocks are mounted and the cutting is done.

Frame blanks mounting spindle

The excess metal shavings and shreds are dumped into large bins for recycling.

Swarf is collected in bins

There is a similar machine that cuts the slides. Here is a supply of stainless steel blocks ready for processing. Each block makes a single slide.

Stainless steel slide blanks

Factory Tour continued - Part III

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