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The Future of IA

Fadal CNC MachineImagineAuto has been serving the Porsche community for years now.  Engine building, computer tuning, modifying, servicing, and offering free technical advice.  Caught up in the day to day it is easy to lose sight of why the company was started and even where it is headed.  Don’t get me wrong, ImagineAuto is a lot of things to a lot of people and to most, that is a very good thing.  But one of the reasons ImagineAuto was incorporated years ago was to create and produce components for Porsches that enhance the power, the stability and the looks of the cars.  It has been eight years in the making but the time is finally right to get the ball rolling on our in-house maufacturing venture.

 Back in January this year ImagineAuto acquired an impressive and expensive piece of machinery, the Fadal VMC 3016 CNC machine.  CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and has been around since the early 1970’s.  The very mention of CNC brings to mind the term commonly used in the automotive industry, fabrication.  Fabrication refers to operations that are performed on relatively thin metal plates. Think of a metal filing cabinet. All of the primary components are made of steel sheets. These sheets are sheared to size, holes are punched in appropriate places, and the sheets are bent (formed) to their final shapes.  Operations commonly described as fabrication operations include shearing, flame or plasma cutting, punching, laser cutting, forming, and welding. Truly, CNC is heavily involved in almost every facet of fabrication and we are the lucky owners of such a machine.

With the arrival of the CNC machine the world becomes IA’s oyster, as they say.  Unfortunately during the shipment and delivery of the machine, either the packer, the shipper or the rigger that delivered it to our facility, caused $8,000 in damage and so it has sat for several months.  Happily the machine has recently been repaired and is now gearing up to fabricate and punch out an entire line of ImagineAuto Porsche components.  We are not quite ready to officially unveil our first line of products, but suffice it to say, when a technologically advanced machine meets the technologically advanced minds of ImagineAuto, it’s a match made in Porsche heaven.  Stay tuned for new product information…


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