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Garden Shed Engineers: What Can You Learn From Formula 1?

Preseason testing for the next F1 season has just started. Lewis Hamilton
destroyed his Mercedes, which had been newly unveiled just a few hours
earlier!

Lewis Hamilton's New Mercedes W05

Only 4 cars actually produced a lap time during the first day of testing.
Some of the biggest changes in F1 in decades have been introduced this
season, which has made reliability a major concern for the F1 constructors.
The engines have also lost a couple of cylinders, and added an energy recovery
system in a bid to make the engines more efficient.

Before the teams are starting to push the limits of performance they are
ensuring that the fundamentals of the car are properly in place first.

Even those at the cutting edge of manufacturing make sure they have the
basics down first to give them the best chance of success in their project
and you should too!

Here's 3 key fundamentals, which you may have overlooked that you need
to make sure are 100% correct to give yourself every chance of completing
your machined parts for your project successfully...

Make sure you're using the correct cutting fluid - use a thin cutting fluid like
Parafin for machining aluminium and a think fatty cutting fluid for stainless
steel.

Use the right speeds and feeds for the material, otherwise you run the risk
of breaking your tool or burning it out. In generals, high speeds and feeds
for ally and brass and a low speed and medium feed for stainless steel.

When machining keep the material rigid, so that the material does not vibrate.
If the material does vibrate, your tool life and finish on the material will go
straight down the pan. Just make sure you're machining close to your tools.

Hope that helps!

Oliver O'Mahoney - Manufacturing the Word!

PS - We've got a range of high quality measuring equipment to make sure
you're components are within tolerances to be fit for purpose for your project
here http://www.metalandplastic.co.uk/measurement.html

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