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    Hydraulic Clinching Machines (Rivet Presses)

    Hey All- Looking for some suggestions on different brands to consider for hydraulic clinching machines (rivet presses). I saw Norlok at Fabtech and it's pretty ideal for us. I'd like to at least look into a few different manufacturers just in case. Also, are there some more vintage options that...
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    Drum Sanders for Metal Finishing - Straight Grain Finishing

    I saw the pillow blocks and figured I could shim it. Sometimes its nice to just have another person agree haha. For the money and considering our duty cycle, I’m definitely headed down this path. I’d like to see one in person first but who knows if thats possible. T
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    Drum Sanders for Metal Finishing - Straight Grain Finishing

    Thank you. We would be using it just a few hours a day at most. Probably less than six hours a week and always intermittently. Aside from what you mentioned about the scotchbrite abrasive, I also worry about being able to offset the scotchbrite drum vertically relative to the sanding drum. I...
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    Does this lathe exist?

    Can perform a servo-type electric lead screw for any lathe. Check out Clough42 on YouTube. I haven't done this but trust me it's something I'd like to install on my South Bend Heavy 10.
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    Drum Sanders for Metal Finishing - Straight Grain Finishing

    Hello All- I have a production application where we need to impart a straight-grain finish onto 1024 aluminum after deburring. The logical choice would be a TimeSaver but the cost on those units is incredible! I'm looking into dual drum drum sanders like the grizzly linked below. I figured I...
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    Calypso Vs. PC-DMIS Anyone have experience with both?

    Hey All- We are considering the purchase of 2x Zeiss Duramax units or 2x Hexagon Tigo units. The hexagon's are coming in more expensive but have a larger working envelope. However, it seems that I need to focus most on the software because both brands are more than capable of achieving our...
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    Mfrg Co Looking to Buy First CMM for QC of Incoming Injection Molded Parts

    Thanks for replying and explaining. NO I am not a mitutoyo salesman nor do I have any idea why I would be considered one. Weird. I’ve been on this forum a long time and my post history speaks to itself as for who I am. The guy who reported this thread is wrong and I’d prefer I’d this section of...
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    Mfrg Co Looking to Buy First CMM for QC of Incoming Injection Molded Parts

    no, I am not a mitutoyo salesman. I'm looking to buy a CMM. Perhaps you meant someone different.
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    Mfrg Co Looking to Buy First CMM for QC of Incoming Injection Molded Parts

    The problem is the suppliers don't have it all under control as you're describing because in the real world most Asian molders do not operate anything close to how lego does. That's like comparing a Mclaren F1 to a Ford. It's not applicable to our needs. We've considered switches to domestic...
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    Mfrg Co Looking to Buy First CMM for QC of Incoming Injection Molded Parts

    Hello- We are a medium sized OEM specializing in RD and light manufacturing of our own products. We outsource all injection molded projects. Over the years our New Product Introduction process has been hampered by the unknowns associated with complex geometry in our injection molded parts...
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    Rebuilding Single Tumbler Gearbox - Suggested Materials?

    While we’re on the topic- does anyone know the diametrical pitch and pressure angle of the single lever gearbox gears? I believe it is 14DP and 14 1/2 degrees pressure angle
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    Rebuilding Single Tumbler Gearbox - Suggested Materials?

    Sorry guys, yes I'm referring to the shafting cut with an involute cutter, a long gear? Thanks for all of the input! Looks like I'll be using 932 for the bearings and 4140 or something else for the shafting. I may reuse the existing two gear shafts and bush the ends with a hardened and ground...
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    Rebuilding Single Tumbler Gearbox - Suggested Materials?

    Hey All- I have a 1942 SB 10L that I rebuilt to excessive standards. I didn't rebuild the gearbox though, as well as a few other items. A while ago I located a better gearbox to re-work and install in place of my existing gearbox. It features the needle bearing version of the single tumbler...
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    DIY Z-Axis 6" Digital Readout for South Bend Heavy 10

    Thank you! I used Sherwin automotive urethane but I don't recall the paint formula. I picked it from a book of options.
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    DIY Z-Axis 6" Digital Readout for South Bend Heavy 10

    Hey All- Wanted to share a video of the readout I made for my Heavy 10. I don't really love the idea of installing a full on digital readout on my Heavy 10 because it just doesn't jive with the design of the lathe; installing it is a hassle and there are a lot of compromises. I have a brand...
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    Bench grinder recommendations wanted

    Check out the Ameribrade 2x72" belt grinders if you want to go the belt route. I have one on order with VFD but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm expecting good things.
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    Boss Laser HP2436

    Hi All- Looking to buy a small (24x36) professional series laser to install within our prototyping machine shop. The Boss HP series is a CO2 laser that is advertised as being able to cut up to 18g stainless steel and 20g mild steel. I've spoken with the reps and they have mentioned that...
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    Q: Nylon or UHMW or Garolite for a small structural member?

    Check out ultem for screws. Its a good material for very hard plastic screws, easy to machine too.
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    WTB: heavy 10 cross feed bushing for dial

    I have a spare of that part for the little dial machines. PM me if interested
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    WTB: 10L follow rest

    I was in the same boat as you for a year and ended up paying $300 or something for a NOS one. Ugh. But at least im not searching anymore
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