Re: [multimachine] Ag help needed for chicken and hog nipples.
- I sent Jeremmy this linkhttp://www.fastonline.org/CD3WD_40/CD3WD/INDEX.HTMThere should be proven waterers ? in there somewhere.I totally agree about small machines. Jeremmy's lathe should be able to easily make all the parts for small ones that could start and stop quickly.I meant the humor attempt! Life is a drag around here. Found out yesterday that a disk in my spine has ruptured so badly that pressure on my spinal cord is causing my legs to cease working. Should be upset but my only worries are about the project. Never claimed to be sane and I guess this proves it!Pat
From: David G. LeVine <dlevine@...>
Cc: RG Sparber <rgsparber@...>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 2:14 PM
Subject: Re: [multimachine] Ag help needed for chicken and hog nipples.
On 11/29/2012 02:21 PM, Pat wrote:
My machines meet the real world! Jeremmy in Kenya wants to make nipples for a rapidly growing industry there. Chicken nipples are beautiful pieces of work, small threaded plastic bodies, a stainless steel water inlet tube and a combination valve/outlet tube that is actuated by the chicken pecking on the side or the end of the outlet tube. I don't have a clue about how a big lathe could be used to make chicken nipples. Anyone know a solution to give chickens clean water without wasting it and that Jeremmy could build? Same with hog nipples. Pat
First of all, Pat, I have to say, taken out of context, that could be a funny sexual innuendo.
Seriously, a huge lathe would be inefficient and difficult, but would work if accurate enough.
Do you remember our earlier discussions of small starter lathes to build parts for the MM? Well, this is a perfect use for one, or even a watchmaker's lathe. The real question is that of the thread, is a die an option? If so, the lathe can be simple and manual (like a Gingery), power feed helps build it, but is only desirable.
A lathe with a pattern follower would make this really easy, Rick Sparber describes one at rick.sparber.org/pfpc.pdf which is used on a metal lathe. With a die and a follower like this, the part could be made to shape, then threaded without a screw cutting lathe.
Using a different design (look at the small pet waterers with a bent tube and a ball), the hog variant could be made by spinning the end of tubing to retain the ball (pretty simple on a lathe), the tubing could then be bent, and a clamp could hold the tube in place (big hogs can break things if they get rambunctious.) The tricky part is how to make the water-tight seal to the feed container. A cork or rubber stopper is not a bad choice for small animals, but adding a piece of hose for the "big boys" may be wise.
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