Rochester Hills, MI -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/07/2014 -- Being in Detroit, becoming a tool maker was an easy choice for Rick Steinard. He has worked in a lot of shops and seen some really cool stuff. Now, Rick teaches at the Community College as an adjunct professor teaching CNC machining, along with his day job as a tooling engineer.
Rick has carried out some searching for metal drinking vessels to find out that there are some real nice glasses, ceramic and even crystal out there. However, most of metal glasses try and copy the classic design, and are cheap stampings. Therefore, Rick decided to do something on his own for people who want something done right.
Each one of Rick’s whisky glasses are machined from solid bar stock. The heat colored Titanium “glass” is a beautiful work of art. Polished to a near chrome finish, it is then heated with a blow torch to over 1500 degrees on one end while the other end is captured in a chiller. The result is a stunning transition of color. True artistry. They are not cast, formed, stamped or punched out. They are billet, solid, and heavy.
The brass, copper and aluminum cut very easy. The major problem is the Titanium. Tooling for Ti is very expensive, let alone the cost of this exotic material. It took almost 5 hours to cut the prototype Titanium Whiskey glass. Proper tooling is desperately needed. The drill alone is would cost $610.00, and the carbide tip is worth $117.00 each, and they wear out. Special boring bars and turning tools fall in the same price range. Rick’s set his funding goal in order to get the tooling needed for Ti Whiskey Glasses.
According to a recent update, chasing a funding goal of $999, Rick has already managed to raise over $8,000 via Kickstarter. This project will be funded on Sun, Jul 27 2014 8:54 5:30 PM
Kickstarter Page http://kck.st/1o29kMG
About Rick Steinard
Rick Steinard is a highly experienced tool maker born and brought up in Detroit. He has in a lot of shops and worked some really cool stuff. Now, Rick teaches at the Community College as a adjunct professor teaching CNC machining, along with his day job as a tool salesman.