Metal spins rapidly and cuts with precision. This display of power and delicacy gives birth to top-tier quality precision parts. Nao Tokui weaves together a minimal dub track by rearranging the variety of noises produced by the manufacturing processes at YUKI Precision, a company which has, over 60 years, cultivated machining skills for components in everything from aerospace technology like small-scale satellites, to medical equipment and electronics.
Yuki Precision’s core technology is precision machining. The materials used are difficult-to-cut heat-resistant alloys for aerospace parts, and titanium for medical-grade equipment which is highly resistant to rust while hardly affecting human skin.
Difficult to cut materials are soft and sticky. As their name suggests, heat resistant alloys don’t conduct heat well, so heat tends to build in the cutting instrument, which can easily cause wear and breakage.
We see smoke being produced in the cutting process here, but normally, with the use of oil, the process is entirely smokeless.
It’s impossible to achieve the desired shape with only one pass. We go back and forth many times and shave little by little to approach the final shape.
Even on identical shaped parts, there are slight differences on the surface. If you cut too deeply from the start, the strong resistance leaves the surface rough and uneven, making it difficult to achieve a uniform surface afterward.
Some parts require cutting slowly, while others need to be cut quickly. You need to know exactly how much to move a tool after spinning the material around once, and a craftsman's sense shows up in this finely balanced understanding of their processing environment.
Founded in 1961. YUKI’s facilities in Japan include their headquarters/factory in Kanagawa Prefecture, a factory in Yokohama, and a Tokyo office. YUKI also has an overseas branch company in France. In addition to manufacturing products requiring precision-cutting technology, they provide design and development services, and refer to themselves as a “R&D Machining Shop.”
DJ/Artist/Researcher know for his releases on PROGRESSIVE FOrM and op.disc as well as his collaboration work with the late Nujabes. Was in charge of the production of a Brian Eno music video in 2016. Constantly experimenting with new things, such as live performances of “Back to Back” as a part of the “AI DJ Project.”
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