Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

Summary: For its 50th anniversary last year, Daishin Seiki Corporation used a 5-axis mill to carve out a full-face, fully detailed motorcycle helmet out of a single aluminum cube.

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Singularity Hub reports of the extraordinary capability of a milling machine from Daishin Seiki Corporation.  For its 50th anniversary last year, the Japanese company used a 5-axis mill to carve out a full-face, fully detailed motorcycle helmet out of a single aluminum cube.

As you can see in the video below, the machine, guided by Open Mind's sophisticated 3D design software - HyperMill, simply turns the workpiece in five axes of motion (any more would be redundant) to remove material in every conceivable spot to end up with a seamless, intricate sculpture as illustrated in the above image.

In IT circles, discussion around rapid prototyping typically means personal fabrication with 3D printing. The mill demonstrates equal advances made in traditional CNC subtractive manufacturing.

To that end, Singularity Hub adds:

...this level of production is becoming the new standard. Your average industrial company got hi-tech in a hurry and now we have machines that can transform computer designs into the highest quality professional metal objects, seemingly at a push of a button. Human machinists are left in the dust.

The Daishin helmet was strictly developed as a showpiece for Machine Tool World Exposition, a biannual trade show of machining companies.

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  • Wow!

    That was highly cool. Thanks for posting!
    pjotr123
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  • RE: Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

    That is just amazing how nimble it is!!
    josullivan@...
  • RE: Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

    coolstuff no doubt,but, I thought the future in the prototyping/machining world was in the ability to use "printer-like" equipment to build-up materials into any prototype and possibly into full production mode.
    GEOD998
    • Limited by the materials

      it's one thing to prototype out of plactic to get a real feel for the part, but this would aloow real world ineteraction with other parts, say on a test vehicle of some type.
      John Zern
  • Psh... I could do that with my eyes closed.

    Two hands tied behind my back!
    ericesque
    • well, actually....

      dmg is drekel maho guildemeister. a German
      company. whom is actually only in a partnership
      with Mori Seiki. a Japanese company. and this
      technology has been around for 10 years now. the
      big deal, as i see it, is the finishing quality
      and the reduced labor hours to finish a part like
      this.
      davidcarmichael@...
  • Technology

    Technology is always amazing. i have watched these projects and how they evolve and the speed and detail now is amazing so many uses
    Fletchguy
  • Neato

    They made that back in September
    September 28, 2009 ? Daishin Seiki Corporation is a leading provider of prototypes to the motorsport industry and specializes in technologically sophisticated parts and 5-axis manufacturing. The Performance Racing Helmet was commissioned to celebrate Daishin Seikis 50th anniversary. This full face helmet won the gold medal in the prestigious Mori-Seiki Dream Cutting Contest 2009.
    MoeFugger
  • Technical clarifications

    DMG (Deckel Maho Guildemeister) is GERMAN not Japanese milling machine.

    HyperMill is not "3D design software" but a machining path creation software.

    5-axis machining has been around for quite a while but it's always interesting to see "marketing" and demo aspects of technology in a clear and succinct ways
    vpeshovich
    • Noted

      Thanks for the two points, not the first time I assumed source articles are right...sigh.
      christopher_jablonski
  • RE: Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

    Really good to watch but there appears to be a lot of cuts with time-lapse video techniques.
    I wonder how long it really took to make and if there was human intervention?
    Agnostic_OS
  • RE: Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

    Very nice,by seeing this vedeo, I recollect how more than 1000 years back indians carved a Mountain into a Aginta Vellora caves.
    somnathpawar@...
  • RE: Japanese mill carves perfect helmet from metal block (video)

    hello,
    As I have watched the video how Japanese carved the helmet, that was so terrific and amazing. Quite easy to look at because the way they did it. I just wanna thank you guys for posting this one. Hope to see more likely this one.
    sharontipton