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    Question About Moving a CNC Lathe

    It all depends on how much money you want to spend vs the cost of the machine. In my case, it was a lathe that was 500 bucks. Didn't make much sense to spend 3k to move it.
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    Question About Moving a CNC Lathe

    You can apply for specific insurance for moving objects that may become damaged. I think it's similar to the rigging insurance that crane companies have. Also, if you used a legit machinery mover, they should have a bond or insurance of some kind that you can ask about. Anything smaller, that...
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    Purchasing an early 2000's VF-3

    If you're rich, you can get away with anything except stealing from Uncle Sam.
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    Purchasing an early 2000's VF-3

    To bring the thread back to the original subject matter, I'll list some stuff that you can probably expect to deal with on the horizon with this machine. 1. The CRT *will* go out eventually. You can either buy the Haas retrofit for 1600 usd, or you can get one off ebay for 500. 2. Limit...
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    Nakamura Tome TMC2 Parameters please!!!

    Not to hijack this thread, but I had some more questions about our Nakamura Tome TMC-2 with the Fanuc 6T-B control. I was having a bear of a time getting anything to communicate with it, but I finally lucked out by using the original breakout cable that came with it, and interfacing it with one...
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    Purchasing an early 2000's VF-3

    I always thought that all the weird quirky stuff surrounding CNC interfaces and code in general was due to the fact that it's all built around punched tape.
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    Purchasing an early 2000's VF-3

    For added fun, you can toss in the fact that some early fanuc turning centers reversed the x axis feed by default and you had to change it in the parameters.
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    Purchasing an early 2000's VF-3

    To me the Fanuc controls don't seem bad or hard to use, they're just different. It also seems like every other machine on the face of the planet has a Fanuc control of some kind, so being comfortable with it is advantageous.
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    Purchasing an early 2000's VF-3

    Yeah, Fanuc is extremely easy to get parts for. I was going through the service history of our 1982 Nakamura Tome lathe, and it had to have a main board replaced back in 2011. Seemed like no problem getting parts, and in the machine's 40-ish year history it's only needed a servo driver, a z...
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    Haas VF-5 High/Low Shifting Issue

    We have the same problem on our 97 vf-2. I found out that pouring a little rubbing alcohol into the supply side air line(right side of the regulator) fixes it usually. There's another quick-disconnect up on the right side of the manifold at the back of the column on the right side where you...
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    It's a good market to be in. I live an hour from Buttonwillow Raceway, and I keep meaning to pin one of my business cards up on the board there and see what shakes out. Some of those racers have deep pockets and terrible money management skills. I used to make parts for a guy who was running...
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    What's your product line? I've considered doing something along that line in my niche field, but I always thought that the marketing would be a hassle.
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    Semi-related question; Has anyone here applied to be an assembly supplier for Xom? I saw it in the listed capabilities, but they don't list the specifics of what's required to apply for it.
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    Probably. I guess another question would be how many of the home shop guys are left in another 3-5 years? Probably a lot, but the impression I'm getting is that more people are leaving that trade than entering it and whatever number of them will be smaller.
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    Reminds me of how it was 15 or so years ago and my shop was bidding against every rando in the greater Los Angeles area who had a Haas mill tucked into a small industrial space. Some of their bids were less than half of what ours were, and we were already tight to begin with. The 2008 crash...
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    If Xometry works out for my shop then cool. If not, then I'll look elsewhere for filler work. But right now the jobs on the board are unrealistic to the point of being comical. If that doesn't change after doing a couple of the low end jobs then it's for sure not worth it.
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    Is "standard inspection" just filling out the inspection sheet?
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    Xometry Premium Partner

    I do hope that the job board choices get better once you complete a few jobs. Right now, it's all stuff that would be at cost for me minus the cost of materials so a net loss. But, it's straightforward stuff that I can use to keep my kids busy during the lulls and I have enough material that...
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