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Custom Machined Aluminum Handle Components for a Specialty Table Used in a Broadway Production


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Custom Machined Aluminum Handle Components
Custom Machined Aluminum Handle Components

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Problem:
At Elge Precision Machining, Inc., we have a history of providing custom made, high precision machined parts for a diverse variety of applications. When a theater artist from New York City called with an idea for a prop that involved multiple aluminum components and assemblies, we were pleased to take on the contract. When assembled, the components needed to hold and help carry a custom serving platform used in one of the play’s scenes. The table platform is used to carry various stage props during the play’s production.

Solution/Results:

The play’s production and building department provided ELGE Precision with a sketched drawing. We were given total creative design on the project. Our programmer’s broke down the various parts and designated part numbers. We then made specific drawings and presented them to the art director for verification of form and function. Timing was critical, and with the print delivered Friday evening, we were given a one week deadline. Our CNC department took the challenge head-on, and started to produce the 10 different components for the project. One by one, the parts took form and we sent videos and pictures to our client every day to show our progress. The art director was amazed at the accuracy, timeliness, finish and overall quality of our finished project. We were told that we “saved the day,” and now we are proud to say that our CNC machining work is playing a featured role on Broadway.

To learn more about this project, please see the following table or contact us directly.

Aluminum Handle Components Project Highlights

Product Description
Assemble Aluminum Components
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Primary:
CNC Lathe Turning
  • Rough Turning
  • Finish Turning
  • Knurling
  • Counter Bore
  • Drilling
  • Center Drilling
  • Cross drilling
  • Cross Tapping
  • Single Point Treading
  • Sub-spindle Turning
  • Cut-off Operation

Turning – 0.001 Repeatability

Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
Hardinge CNC & Omni-Turn CNC Lathes
Overall Part Dimensions
10 different parts:
Sizes varied from ½” round threaded double ended studs with various lengths.
2” round body x 2.500 long
1-1/2” body with knurled ends
1-1/2” tapered spacers x 2-1/2” long
2” round tapered foot.
Tightest Tolerances
+ 0.003”/-0.003
Material Used
6061-T6 Aluminum
Material Finish
Surface Finish: 32 RMS
In process testing/inspection performed
100% Dimensional Inspection, Visual Inspection, general machine shop practice.
Additional Facts
Parts were pre-assembled to insure proper fit and function. Parts were shipped to customer individually bagged ready for assembly when arriving in New York City.
Industry for Use
Theatre design props.
Volume
24 sets
Delivery/Turnaround Time
7 days
Delivery Location
Reading, PA
Standards Met
Customer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing
Product Name
Custom machined Aluminum Components

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