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    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    This looks like an excellent solution and is exactly what I was looking for. I will look into getting this in the near future!
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    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    You are not too late! I am still looking for a solution on this. Would love to know more!
  3. J

    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    Thanks for your answer, I have always wondered about approximate costs of ProShop. I've just been looking at their tool management module and I have to say it looks excellent. But it's a bit out of my reach at the moment. The best approach I can think of for me situation is to create 2x...
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    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    I've hear so many good things about ProShop. Don't suppose you know how much it would cost for a small business of 2/3?
  5. J

    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    Never heard of Win Tool or TDM before, I will look into it! Using a CAM system like you do would be the simplest option, I guess it keeps it all in one place which is good! Do you also use you CAM library to keep track of product codes and re-order? In Fusion 360 I have the option to add one...
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    Tooling for Countersinks

    What tooling do you use for countersinks? HSS or Carbide? Countersink bits, drill mills, spot drills? Do you carbide drill first, then countersink after? Does it work in exotic materials? It also comes down to what type of countersink: Which would you say is the engineering standard (in the...
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    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    Can you guys show me some examples? I want to create a tool database for all standardised tooling on a 5-axis CNC machine. Criteria: -It should show a list of tool numbers, and when clicked on, show a side window with a photo, and a list sub components (Cutter, holder, collet, pull stud)...
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    Tool Database for Standardised Tooling - Examples Please!

    Can you guys show me some examples? I want to create a tool database for all standardised tooling on a 5-axis CNC machine. Criteria: -It should show a list of tool numbers, and when clicked on, show a side window with a photo, and a list sub components (Cutter, holder, collet, pull stud)...
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    CNC Fixture Storage and Organisation?

    What's the best way to store fixtures for CNC milling? I'm talking about vice soft jaws, large pallets, small pieces of packing, everything! My current idea is to: -Split storage into 3 areas, small fixtures (in drawers), medium (in tins), and large (on shelves). -Label each storage area with...
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    Help me Decide on Standard Tooling! (5-axis Milling)

    Thanks for all your replies everyone, I appreciate your help. My biggest concern now is what taps to choose. I have two options: 1. Form taps (one type) for all materials, thread mills (one type) for plate work (so I don't go into sacrificial plate too deep) (will require different sized...
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    Help me Decide on Standard Tooling! (5-axis Milling)

    Just got a new Mazak CV5-500 5-axis CNC machine with a 30 ATC. I work in a job shop environment working with mostly aluminium, plastic, mild steel, stainless steel. There is a small chance of doing occasional brass, and superalloys. Components are small to medium sized. I would love to hear your...
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    Finding a new house suitable for a CNC machining business?

    So, my dream is to start my own CNC machining business from home (in the UK). I will need to move house to make this achievable... My question is, how do I find the right house? Some things I would consider: -Do I need 3-phase power? I will have maybe 3 machines running simultaneously. -How...
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    Sacrificial Plates on Zero Point Systems?

    This looks pretty good for what I'm after. I have a few questions: Do you allow the guys to drill and tap through the job and into the part slightly? Do you have plugs for the holes? If so how do they fit and what are they made from? Can you take a minimum clean up on the top surface once it...
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    Sacrificial Plates on Zero Point Systems?

    Hi everyone, I've been looking at filling my machine with a LANG or 5th axis 'zero point' system. No more setting datums, standardised set ups and fast set-up changes! That's all great for jobs that are held in a vice or on a dedicated fixture. But what about all the one-off, large plate work...
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