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Next Batch Up Oct 1st / The making of a tip


Keeping our batches to every other week is helping our production numbers reach high enough to sell out in minutes instead of seconds, so nothing hitting our shop this weekend, boooooo.... Shootin' for a Mega Batch on Oct 1st that just may contain some TMNBBs if all goes well... we'z low tide on abalone, so we'll see...

Have to confess it's a little frustrating, we designed the Rev 4 to be customized in a bunch of different ways... and third party folks have been kicking some serious butt on that front... us, however, we're so slammed making the thing itself, that we just haven't had time or free machines lay'n round to swing production runs of all the neat stuff we have for it... Sure, we made and sold ones, twos, and small lots of "stuffz" before Aug 8th to cover our butts with the FDA for things we couldn't get full blown rolling yet, but to have anything in a quantity that would last more than 5 seconds on an announced stock update time is a tall freakin' order... Regardless, we're throwing Hybrid tips in the rotation, in a bunch of different breeds.... and because I feel I've drank too much to responsibly operate a 90k machining center, I thought I'd walk ya guys down what it takes to make these ones....

or i could watch a TV show...

ehhh, nothing good on amazon prime... Ohhh, a New Fireman Sam..... brb...

K, so we start just like we're making our top ring for a BB, but we just leave the tip a Lot longer... That gives us these half machined blanks...

Now we flip that puppy and stick it back in the lathe the other way..

and then have the lathe do "lathe cutt'y type things" to it... wow, i should narrate that how it's made show... i'm way good at this....

Nowz we got tons of them little buggers, see if you can notice the six tiny little holes machined through each of the three rings... they'll be important here in a bit..

Time to prep these guys to be cast, so after a 15 min bath in the ultrasonic cleaner to remove any cutting oil ( FYI FDA, we use vegetable oil based coolant in our machines, we is super professional, i super pinky swear), we need to make a mold around um' courtesy of some 1/2 in tube...

Good work tube!!! Now we get to cast um' with FDA approved acrylic!!! With non toxic pigments, and non toxic other stuff... (again, super professional.... aside from working nude, but whatevz...)

So i'll just gloss on over the vacuum chamber oxygen removal, weight measuring and all that jazz, and just get to the part where we inject the resin SUPER SLOWLY from the bottom up so the resin works it's way up threw those little tiny holes i was talkin' bout' earlier... What is happening here is that the plastic and the metal have just become one, amalgamated, completely interlocked thingy!!! Despite them looking pretty cool with transparent plastic, that's not what i was shooting for with this round, so the next step is to inject a different mix of resin with a smaller needle THROUGH the little machined holes.... uggg, these are starting to get labor intensive.... lame...

Sooooooo, TEN... ten at a time... that's all the time the resin will give before it refuses to flow though a tiny needle anymore.

They are now ready to cure in a chamber pressurized to 55 PSI... Despite having previously removed all the air bubbles in a vacuum chamber, juuuuust a few will manage to sneak in there anywayz.. Forcing the acrylic to cure under this pressurized atmosphere compresses any air bubbles (hopefully) so small that the human eye can't see um.

All cured, and cooked for good measure... the tube that acted as a mold for our resin is cut away and it's back in the lathe for more lathe cutting action!!!!!

BOOOOOM, WOW, it looks like a thing now... that's great! and of course now it needs some final polishing because god knows each one of these didn't already get enough damn attention... needy little turdz.... who designs this crap? you would think after years of this i'd make it easy on us... but nooooooo......

purdy though.....