We'd show an animation for this bit—machining holes in the aluminum clusters or hubs for our new base system—but it's a tough thing to photograph. First, the process is obscured behind a smudgy piece of acrylic. Second, it's messy as all hell with the relentless spray of cutting lubricant. And third, it's a subtle process that's nevertheless full of sound and fury (to see what we mean, you can watch a video the guys running the CNC milling machine made by clicking here). Regardless, the result is extremely precise and quite lovely, we think. Here are a bunch of the larger clusters and a solo shot of the smaller cluster before the holes for the second facet have been cut. We suspect that these may signify nothing to those of you who have no idea what the end product will look like but that may be part of the point.