Duke University Motorsports is a student group that designs and builds open wheel, single seat race cars to compete in the Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team consists of Duke students from both Pratt and Trinity, in all classes. The purpose of the team is to provide students with a way to gain practical design and manufacturing experience in a fun and challenging setting.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spherical bearing staking tool

To stake our spherical bearings, a special tool is required.  We managed to break one of the two halves last year, so we needed a new one.  I thought about buying one, but I had some extra stock laying around that wasn't going to be used for anything else, and now that our mill is fixed, I decided to just make one.  Took about half an hour from start to finish, and I got to use one of our fancy five-flute carbide end mills.  Nice mill bits make a world of difference...
The finished product
 A couple of pictures of the machining after the jump.

Machining the pocket

Machining the clearance for the A-arm bearing carrier

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