Homegrown Engineering

No question, I am a fan of local manufacture and engineering. My degree was in manufacturing processes, metallurgy and welding (all under the banner of mechanical engineering), so seeing local business buck the trend of offshoring is always something I am keen to support.

So in a small street in Yandina, there is a workshop like many others, but it is never the workshop itself that makes a place, it is always the shed owner. And in this case, the shed owner is Keith, and this workshop is YAS Engineering.

Yas Engineering

Yas Engineering

For those that don’t know, YAS Engineering is the home of the Slab Master, the Router Master, and the Torque Workcentre. It is also where Keith makes custom CNC machines, and is producing a new CNC machine for the Australian market.

CNC

CNC

It was estimated to be around the $8k mark, then had the estimate upped to $15k, but in discussion, it sounds like the (external) QS on the machine was significantly overquoted for unknown reasons, so the original $8k is in fact much closer to the mark.

We had a good chat about the past, the present, and the future. The TWC is definitely continuing, and with ongoing refinements. One of those refinements (although not one that impacts on performance), is likely to be a colour change, and a name change.

The router master is a platform that masters the router. The slab master allows you to master the surfacing of a slab. But what is the relevance of “Torque”? If you have any suggestions for a more applicable name, fire them in (comments below).

In the foreground of the first photo, you can see a bunch of TWC end frame about to head off for finishing. And there were a lot more parts inside.

Workcentre components

Workcentre components

It has been great getting to catch up with Keith, and Larry on this trip.

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