Digital Camera Mount

I grabbed a chunk of 6061 and just started milling. No layout. I thought this was an interesting illustration of the need for precision in machining. I'd wager that certain jobs require precision...and others don't. So, there is no such thing as a tool not being "precise" enough, but a tool might not be precise enough for the particular job. This case, I had my eyeball calibrated to .0001" I'll send you the traceability documentation if you don't be live me.

Just about to counter bore this hole, again located by my micrometer eyeball. I'll admit up front that I forgot to take pictures. So, imagine me cutting a slot with the horizontal mill, a couple of other operations, and then scroll down.

The rod is a piece of 3/8" drill rod. I cut all the chamfers by eyeballing as well. Same with the cutout. Don't get the idea that I'm bragging or anything. It's just that I've never machined something that I didn't lay out, and realized that it's not always necessary.

Oh, and I ruined my first attempt at this part. That was stupidity though, not lack of layout...more like lack of physical space in my operating envelope. More of a fender bender than a crash. Ahem. Moving on.

So what is this for? Yeah, I'm just teasing you and I'll blather on for a moment before the big reveal. I bought this housing (waterproof) for my digital camera so I could take videos from inside the CNC cabinet. Huh?

A bit primitive, yet functional.

Ahhhhhh you say! This is getting interesting. Well, that's what I said to myself. I don't mean to speak for you. That's annoying.

I imagine this will come in handy at home as well. Sometimes the light is low and makes it hard to get a good exposure so this is my machinist's monopod. Or my photographer's magnetic indicator base camera holder thingamajig.

Did it work? I hope you have broadband...or you might never find out. The movie file below is a big dog. The part is the base for a vise stop being milled in the HAAS VF0. I did pretty much all of the programming on this one.