Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Trip to Tata Steel and Premier Patterns


Tata Steel Profiling

Yesterday (16th October) a small group of Fenchurch Fund and Project 27 volunteers went to see the progress on the frames and polystyrene patterns.  We arrived at Tata Steel mid morning and the first sheet of material was set up on the plasma cutting machine.  This was one of the thinner sheets of steel for items such as the valance ends and plates to go behind the buffer beam.
Georgina, Matt, Ben, Carl Lammin (Tata Steel) and Jim (all photos Clive Emsley)

The first cut! (all pictures Clive Emsley/Project 27)

Discussing the "nesting" of the pieces on the sheet of steel with one of the machine operators
Cutting the side Valance ends and Buffer plates
The first Valance end piece with rivet hole centres marked
The plate with the remainder of parts yet to be lifted out 
The 22mm (7/8th) plate for the frames has arrived!
Cutting out the rear horn opening
The first frame cut out!
The frames cut out and waiting for delivery!

Premier Patterns

From Tata Steel we moved on to Premier Patterns to look at the process and progress on the cylinder pattern manufacture.  These are being made from casting grade polystyrene using a robotic rotary file, and making much artificial snow in the meantime!
The CNC rotary file being used to produce segments for the second cylinder pattern
The computer that is guiding the CNC machine
Matt inspecting the first cylinder pattern
Preparing to join the segments using a strong double sited tape
Exciting and historic times are upon us.  We Are still buzzing following the trip to see the work being done and we now realise that it really is happening and we need to pay for it!

If you would like to help us this is how you can.

On line donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27

Text donations can also be made To donate £10 text "FENC72 £10" to 70070
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Thank you for your continued support and interest in the project, hopefully you will see the fruits of everyone’s labours in around 4 years or so.

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