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Old 02-13-2004, 09:09 PM   #11
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Joe, your a cnc setup man can you build a set? Custom billet aluminum machiened from one piece....nice
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I can also create the 3D CNC files to make them, but someone is gonna have to pay for the shop time to machine them

Actually, this isn't a bad idea. If someone ships me a valve cover (front), I'l actually do this. But the 3D and 2D files would be available to all members.
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yeah i cant just put my **** in the machine and set it up besides i would have to design a fixture, write a program and all other types of bs and i can guranete the first parts will be scrap cuz its a brand new program?? you know what i mean more $ than i would wanna spend on parts alone, tooling, etc??

by the way here is the kind of machine i run
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i cant find any pics its a MORI SEIKI MH-63
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My offer for the CAD files still stands if someone sends me a spare front valve cover. Any CNC endmill in the world will be able to run my files. I'd bet the covers would run anywhere between 200 and 800 bucks a pair for machining, depending on the shop (and how busy they are).

It'* really simple to make extra 'cosmetic' features on them, but that adds cost. If you KNOW someone with a CNC mill, this could get alot cheaper, and you may find it fun. I also suggest you get your own stock of aluminum for each cover. You'll need a solid piece to do this right. But aluminum is cheaper than you might expect

Then you can go with nickel plate, chrome plate, anodizing, or powdercoating.
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Anyone have a used valve cover for Willwren? You can send it back to who ever lends it to after your done Bill?
I'll gunnie pig the first set, I know the machinist instructor at the local college and I think he would do it if I got him the stock aluminum?
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I don't need the valve cover long-term. That'll do fine. Series 1 and Series 2 should be identical, but I need a front for the placement of the oil plug. I'll leave this feature off the rear.
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do use use GIbbs? or what is the program you use
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CoCreate 3D Solid Modeling. I can output any 3D file format you want, and 2D also.
BDL, PKG, JGS, DWG, DXF, and on and on. hp actually wrote the software for unix years ago, and it was known as ME10 and ME30. We sold the rights to CoCreate, and they adapted it for Dos/Windows. Powerful stuff. I have some samples of some of my design work from it.






The individual parts of these models are accurate down to the last
fastener at the micron level. Valve covers would take me no more than
2 or 3 hours. The front cover also has the clips for the plug wire retainer.
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