Codename: Inferno - Episode 1

At Element Machine Tools we have been working on a CNC machine concept for some time. Until now It has been strictly conceptual with a couple of drawings and solid models. It is time now to start producing a proof of concept prototype. As we were discussing how we will be moving forward with the project the idea of posting our progress came up. Now, we don't want to show everything and give away what we are building or even the name, so the information and pictures provided will be scarce. The reason for this? We simply feel that no one will figure out what it is until seeing the entire assembly (that being said there are some out there that know what we are up to, I politely ask you to keep it to yourselves). In keeping with our current naming convention, we code named this project "Inferno".

Testing the rigidity of the welding bench...

Testing the rigidity of the welding bench...

This is, as far as we can tell, a completely new machine concept. The goal is to have a machine that will be completely designed and mostly built here at our facility in Maine. I say mostly, because some components, such as ball screws and linear rails, are very difficult to source made in the USA. We will do our best to keep all components as local as possible. The bulk of the machine will be manufactured and assembled right in our shop.

Stay tuned to our blog and facebook page to keep up to date on the progress of Inferno. We are notoriously bad at keeping up with blog posts, so hopefully this gets us moving.