We will be building a Tattoo machine from start to finish. My way of doing it is not the only way and may not even be the best way, but they work when I'm done and I keep getting orders for more so I must be doing something rite. First let me say this started out as a lets see if I can make one kinda thing. My first Machine wasnt pretty but it worked I refined my skills from there and my results got better and better. I now Build Machines to raise funds for other projects. There is money to be made from building and selling your Machines. You wont get rich but it will support other hobbies. I have sold Machines for $425.00 each I even sold one for $590.00 Dont expect to make that kind of money on your Machines untill you have been building for a few years the industry depends heavy on reputation. I have a dont disclose customers way of doing business. Believe me they all talk if you do good work and build reliable Machines your name will get out there. I build for several high end shops as well as local shops that includes from empty frames to coils and complete machines. There are many Artest who build there own machines for those folks frames and coils are something they dont normaly make and depend on guys like me to furnish. I build series and 1 of a kind machines. Series machines are numbered 1-12 and each comes with a cert that says its number X of 12 of the design and the only ones I'll ever build. there will never be another made like them. Same thing for 1 of a kind machines. Why do this? well it get your machines into a different bracket then junk builders and factory build by the millions. it means you will get more cash for your work, But only once you build some rep. A good way to get your stuff into the market is build and lend to shops to try out. Ok with all that said this will be a build thread to show you how I make Machines I have done machines in lots of different Materieals including Lexan My Machines start with Casting metal I cast the frames or parts of frames then machine them to my specs from there The Machine we will build is one I cast parts for.
This frame is My design I call it tribal it was drawn up for a customer who liked the drawing and ordered 8 The Side plate on this machine is cast and machined I tried ti machine it from plate and found it rather difficult to repeat the first one so I made a mould from the first cast 10 total for screw ups the cast part was cast with a vice tang so I could lock it down and Mill it then it was drilled and bolted down and milled on the other side screws removed and screw area worked down with hand file. Here is the side plate with what will be the base and spring shelf. Those parts are made from Bar stock All aluminum is 7075 the the side plates also they are from ingots I get from a nameless friend at Alcoa.
Here I converted the Bar stock into the base and the spring shelf This base is my own design The 2 slots alow for dirrerent size coils to be mounted and are for 8/32 screws to pass through. the large hole with the slit is the tube lock and is 5/32 you'll see how that works later, but its one of the best designs for locking the tube. And is paten pending.
All the frame parts ready to be assembled and fitted. At the end of this thread I'll post some picks of one piece frames and completed machines
Frame bolted together I used 6/32 stainless socket head screws for this your customer will love that you used stainless trust me. threading the Aluminum was a snap.
fitting is done so all the parts match up nicely I do this by hand with a file set.
Notice the hole in the spring shelf this is for the clip cord/power cord the other hole is the spring mount hole and is 5/16
Tomorrow we will move on to making the springs, Armature bar or Drawbar and Yoke I will also explaine how to get geomitry for holes and some standards that can be used to build any machine
Comments welcome and I'll answer questions