Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cryptex: Preparations

In the last two weeks I've been hunting down aluminum, I found some at the scrap yard and I got some nice freebies at work. I managed to get permission to use a camera to document my progress, which is great for a no-cameras-allowed shop. My company is buying a new camera that they are going to let me use, so I'm waiting for them to get it before I actually start making chips. I'm guessing I will be starting by the end of next week. It's going to be slow going, because I'm probably only going to be working on this in 2 hour blocks after work 2-3 days a week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cryptex: The Beginning

I have decided to make a Cryptex. After reading up on the internet and coming across Justin N's creations, I almost gave up because his are just too good. I'm going to try anyway. The concept seems relatively simple to me, but machining it is definitely going to be a challenge. I created some drawings in AutoCad and I think I have the basic design pretty much finalised. Currently I am figuring out how to get the material. The finished product will be about 6 inches long and 3 inches in diameter, made from aluminum. I will have it anodized or something to make it look nice. Here's a concept drawing; but be advised this is my first time using AutoCad, and I'm not good enough to add the lettering.