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    Can I use a Fadal 3016 w/4th axis for a 3D Printer?

    Control might be a little funky.... That's my main concern. I think the build plate could just be switch controlled. I was hoping that maybe I could use the "M" function from the control to trigger the flow of plastic, etc. I just do not know how the print heads actually work....
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    Can I use a Fadal 3016 w/4th axis for a 3D Printer?

    Hi All, I have a Fadal vmc. My son has been pestering me for a 3D printer. I see many print heads,parts, etc on Amazon. MUCH cheaper than buying a decent home use 3D printer in the $1k-3k price range. Is there a kit or way to use my fadal as the x-y-z motion for a 3D printer? Has anyone...
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    OT: My other company just sold. This changes a bunch of things for me.

    Gary...it sounds like he kept you off the paperwork as much as possible...well, that's a double edged sword...if you haven't signed a bunch of no compete clauses it would behoove him to play nice. While you have every right to be ticked off (I have been there before and i DID walk) if you can...
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    fyi... My exit

    "I seem to be improving. Details at 11...LOL" Excellent!!!:)
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    OT: My other company just sold. This changes a bunch of things for me.

    "I became worth divorcing and in hindsight sucked as a husband." best line ever...lol. hey...good job. Way to hang in there! This should allow you to keep machining until you're broke again....;)
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    Turning down work because of personal beliefs?

    The only work I have learned (the hard way) to turn down is the man with the plan....inventors...or as I call them now (dreamers) The easiest ones to boot are the ones that want to "let you in" on the bazillions you'll make from doing a year or so of free machine work. The others promise to...
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    Thinking about moving my shop to my new building at home.

    If at all possible...DO IT!!! My 3k sq ft shop is 12 feet below my house. The advantages are too many to mention. You instinctively know this already. That guy has WAY TOO MANY inroads to your LIFE...
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    New Production Manager Position, how to structure pay/bonus

    just for clarity....(I have been out of the salary thing for 11yrs so I am not current) I did a similar position the OP is looking to fill. Granted this was in California...but it paid 92k for 40hr weeks. Overtime was tracked and given as a year end "bonus" in straight time...no overtime added...
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    New Production Manager Position, how to structure pay/bonus

    just a few things .... how large is your shop? Is the lack of inventory control systemic? Was this employee responsible or involved in lack of inventory last month? Are there a lot of system "leaks" you are expecting this guy to plug? Are there changes that need to be made prior to him...
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    How Difficult is Management of Order-Driven, High-Mix, Low-Volume Production?

    I think it is legitimate to ask the OP his reasons for tackling this "problem".... I have always gotten paid for brainstorming. Over n out...
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    How Difficult is Management of Order-Driven, High-Mix, Low-Volume Production?

    At risk of sounding like a crotchety old smartass, this sounds like either a plea for help in figuring out how to run a shop with no muss/no fuss (not gonna happen), or another run at the "what software features would you like to see in a product I'd like to sell you"...
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    How Difficult is Management of Order-Driven, High-Mix, Low-Volume Production?

    "....1) get into a product type business ..." Lol...The holy grail! Trying to do this now as my last great customer isn't anymore... You'll also find some guys are wired for prototype and some for production....put the wrong horse on the wrong track and you get a melt down. Find what your guys...
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    Bonus issues

    Do you want to work for people you cannot trust? This will be the beginning of a long frustrating relationship. Though perhaps not untypical. It seems to me the manufacturing industry is the most dysfunctional workplace second only to anything government.... do you have a copy of the C-list...
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    Self employment a different way

    I was reading Joe's stuff right before I headed to Montana from Southern California. I even bought his ebook about "Artisans" it was terrific! He may have well saved me from ruin by insisting to never tie into the local economy in a small town but to stay focused on reaching further. I followed...
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    What to do when your main guy quits

    "My guy also knows how honest I am, we just got 1,200 lbs of free steel that the supplier dropped off extra my guys said, lets keep it, as soon as I found out I immediately called them to let them know of this mistake. So they know Im honest. I dont think he will intentionally try to steal...
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    When machinist is just ok and they are fine with ok...

    What did I do wrong? Nothing. You raise a good point. None of us are doing the same work...or are the same size....or doing the same quantities, etc. So often we are comparing apples to oranges without realizing it..... finding common ground for discussion takes a bit of back-n-forth on...
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    When machinist is just ok and they are fine with ok...

    mike1974...yep Your story reminds me of a job (I still do occasionally)that I had done for a few years. Then I got to quote on the mold that produced the mating part. The molds are aluminum layup molds for a Kevlar part and the molds wear out regularly. But first time I got to have a go even...
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    When machinist is just ok and they are fine with ok...

    "You are intent on getting the job done with the appropriate level of effort using the most appropriate means available." This is how a shop owner must think to survive. It seems much harder to transfer this....call it survival, efficiency, profit minded-ness...to a worker bee. Once again the...
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    What to do when your main guy quits

    Yep...we all need occasional reminders why we started our own shops.
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    When machinist is just ok and they are fine with ok...

    My post was not addressing the mechanical need for deviation from print tolerance but rather the administrative reason for doing so. Your close tolerance work drives a decision to go tighter...probably overseen by an owner/super/etc...to give him PEACE OF MIND that half the parts don't end up...
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