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Turning rubber - yes!!!

Step 1: The Machine

Normal O-rings have a circular cross-section, but I needed some pieces with a square section. I knew from the past, that rubber can be easily formed with a grinding machine - there were only two difficulties: the cooling and giving an exact shape. This is not posible by holding the workpiece in your hand.

I have an old russian lathe and a little bit younger german (in reality: chinese) table grinding machine. So i have mounted them together, the grinding machine on the cross slide off the lathe. I have a diamond edge tool for correcting of the grinding stone: I mounted it in the lathe, and I moved the cross slide, while the grinding stone was rotating.

Step 2: The Holder

The holder has been made of a piece of steel - and in the same clamping, so the surfaces were absolutely correct. The end of the rod has a smaller diameter on which the rubber o ring seated well. The seat was made on the final size of the ring.

Step 3: The Process Itself

As the grinding machine works at a high speed, but reduced force, the O ring was sitting very good in it s place. i made atfirst one side, then I turned it with 180 degrees, made the other side too, after which as a last operation I finished the lateral surface.

The surface quality is VERY good, and the form also.

Step 4: Video

Step 5: The Original and the Square One

Of course normally in a good shop you can purchase a square O-ring too - but there are cases when you have no time, or you need a really special size.

<p>Cool setup, do you have a picture of the finished ring?</p>
<p>I will have to make them tomorrow - at the moment I only have this short videos</p>

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Bio: Born in 1965, engineer. Living in Hungary. Spoken languages: hungarian, romanian, english, german. interested in repairing Canon Lens and DSLR, photography, machining (turning, milling)
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