I have wanted to make a combustion engine for quite a while, so I finally decided to build one! I created all the plans myself in Solidworks:
I even looked at what exact reamers were available while I designed, so that I would be able to fabricate my design with the tools available.
Late that night: an engine design was finished! This engine has several unconventional designs, such as a rotary valve, intake and exhaust through the rotating part, and a multi-piece crankshaft.
Once the first rough design was finished, I started construction! The most interesting piece to me was the piston, so I grabbed my 3.5inch by 1.5ft aluminum log:
And marked the lengths of a few components:
Then cut on the horizontal bandsaw. Each cut took about 10min.
Notice I’m cutting the head and piston as one block, that way I can grab the head in the lathe while I turn the piston.
I added some cutting oil for emotional support:
The trick is to put a trash can under the saw, so when the part falls, it doesn’t dent.
After about 3 years (10min actual) of cutting:
Next, chuck that in the lathe:
Do a quick pass on the end face to make it smooth.
Notice the bandsaw’s cut wasn’t square to begin, so there is an uncut spot on the face. Thankfully, I left lots of extra material for this exact reason.
Next, I began turning the piston from the block of metal:
(I took videos, that made tons of data that I need to process. I’ll put them here.)
And at the end, I had a piston plus shavings!
Next up: Cutting the piston off and making the internal features!