Skipping Rock Brewery Beer Tap Handles : Industrial Design - CNC Milling

This project entails industrial design and fabrication of beer tap handles for Skipping Rock Brewery in Staunton Virginia. The brewery is under construction and we have just begun the production on this project, so it may be a few weeks before images of a final product are in place here. We started off with a few different design comps we modeled and rendered in Fusion 360. The final design iteration is shown below bottom right image. The brand logo is very detailed which makes some of the text very small milling operations. Most of our CNC Milling work is at a larger scale which challenged us how to mill with .25mm end mills without breaking lots of them. So far the progress is promising. Originally we originally chose white oak for its light color and natural texture. We found the grain was too large for the small letters to stay together along with small edges being to rough. Maple which also has a light color, but less texture turned out to mill very well for small scale operations. We did our first few tests with Poplar because we have lots of scraps in the shop to muck up.

Tap Handle Production Has Begun

Skipping Rock Brewery Industrial Design
Skipping Rock Brewery Design
Stout Porter Staunton Va
Stout Porter Staunton Va
Beer Tap Handle Prepping
Beer Tap Handle Prepping
Painting Lettering Through Film Mask
Painting Lettering Through Film Mask
CNC Engraving Through Film Mask
CNC Engraving Through Film Mask
Beer Tap Handles in Production
Beer Tap Handles in Production
Engraving Branded Products
Engraving Branded Products
Engraving Halfway Complete
Engraving Halfway Complete

CNC Engraving Step 5

CNC Engraving Step 4

CNC Engraving Step 3

CNC Engraving Step 2
Underpainting Black Areas
Underpainting Black Areas
Array of Wooden Tap Handles
Array of Wooden Tap Handles
Two Dozen Tap Handle Blanks
Two Dozen Tap Handle Blanks

Prototype V2

Clear Coating Tap Handle
Clear Coating Tap Handle
Pre-Painting Engraved Letters
Pre-Painting Engraved Letters
Skipping Rock Pilsner Prototype
Skipping Rock Pilsner Prototype
First Attempt Single Piece Milling
First Attempt Single Piece Milling

Prototype V1

Skipping Rock Tap Handle Ready for Letter Painting
Tap Handle Ready for Letter Painting
CNC Milled Tap Handled Assembled
CNC Milled Tap Handled Assembled
Using the CNC to Clean Up Excess Stain
Using CNC to Clean Up Excess Stain
Tap Assembly Handle Test Fitting
Tap Assembly Handle Test Fitting
Tap Handle Assembly Testing
Tap Handle Assembly Testing
Handle Assembly Via Dowel
Handle Assembly Via Dowel
CNC Milling of Insert Blank
CNC Milling of Insert Blank
CNC Milled Object Blank
CNC Milled Object Blank

CNC Engraving Test of Company Logo

CNC Logo Milling Test Maple
CNC Logo Milling Test Maple
Logo CNC Milling Smoothing Test Final
Logo CNC Milling Smoothing Test Final
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 4
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 4
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 3
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 3
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 2
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 2
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 1
Logo CNC Pocket Cut Rough 1
.25mm Ball Nose Tapered End Mill
.25mm Ball Nose Tapered End Mill
Logo Tool CNC Tool Path
Logo Tool CNC Tool Path
Skipping Rock Brewery Tap Handle Design
Skipping Rock Tap Handle Design

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