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  1. Bakafish

    Just in case you've never seen a Chinese Starrett box label before.

    LOL, we do get a lot of shaking. I think it is that Mitutoyo is not seen as that sort of manufacturer and they stay in their lane. OK (Obishi Keiki), Uni Seki and Fujita are all leaders in that market. And you gave me an excuse to show one of my treasures, a TOTO (yes, the toilet maker)...
  2. Bakafish

    Just in case you've never seen a Chinese Starrett box label before.

    Brazil (and recently India) have very restrictive import laws and heavy tariffs that make it beneficial for manufacturers to build local factories, Mitutoyo created a large production facility back in the 70's IIRC. They really do region specific products, I had to buy my set of Mitutoyo...
  3. Bakafish

    Just in case you've never seen a Chinese Starrett box label before.

    At least know that it was American chicken's that scratched that...
  4. Bakafish

    Just in case you've never seen a Chinese Starrett box label before.

    I believe Abom79 and NYCNC both have Starrett factory tours posted. I haven't seen anything on Mitutoyo (and have yet to make it down to their main plant myself) but I'll bet there is something out there in Japanese if you look hard enough.
  5. Bakafish

    Just in case you've never seen a Chinese Starrett box label before.

    A few years back I decided to treat myself and imported my first Starrett tool, a Starrett C434M-300 hardened square set, as Mitutoyo doesn't market this type of square here in Japan. They only use fixed squares over here and I really prefer the (I believe Starrett invented format) adjustable...
  6. Bakafish

    Mitutoyo OMM-25 (109-101) Micrometer teardown

    I just picked this up for a couple thousand Yen, it looked to be in great condition and although I have new digital micrometers I thought it would be cool to have a mechanical micrometer that could theoretically measure microns. When it arrived it was clear that it would need disassembly and...
  7. Bakafish

    "Electronic indicator" IP65 400mm 0.5µm

    You may not be personally culpable, or supportive of what's going on, and I realize that making clear any opposition could put you at risk, but you should at least understand that on principal we won't provide you assistance for anything short of some purely humanitarian effort. I can't imagine...
  8. Bakafish

    Newbie scraper in Japan

    Yes, I saw Robin's modification of his hand scrapers, it was on my mind for a long time as ever getting a Biax seemed remote. The Biax factory version of the shorter holder is supposed to be stiff I believe, so I didn't bother to try and add any flex. I agree it wouldn't likely help anything...
  9. Bakafish

    "Electronic indicator" IP65 400mm 0.5µm

    LOL, good catch!
  10. Bakafish

    "Electronic indicator" IP65 400mm 0.5µm

    You haven't explained why a standard glass or magnetic scale won't work, any kind of plunger that long is going to have to contend with spring linearity, stiction, deflection, gravitational droop and a host of other issues. There's a reason you haven't found one. If your worry is about the IP...
  11. Bakafish

    Newbie scraper in Japan

    So I know this is just more procrastination, but I'm one of those people who wants to be fully prepared before undertaking anything new and challenging. The Biax came with three of the brazed spring steel blades, a 15/150 R20 which is a very thin (1.2mm) piece of carbide with a 20mm radius, a...
  12. Bakafish

    - What Brand CMM Should I Buy? -

    You are asking an open ended question with virtually zero information about the usage and constraints. It's like me saying, I'm looking to buy a car [list of 10 automakers] which one should I buy? Where I live, my budget, how I drive, the size of my family and a million other factors need to be...
  13. Bakafish

    how do you measure the fit of a collet?

    Very interesting! My mental model was that the inner bore just linearly collapses, but I can see now that couldn't really work over a range. I wonder how they machine that internal geometry? Is it just bored and then the cuts are made and the geometry just works, or is the bore machined later...
  14. Bakafish

    how do you measure the fit of a collet?

    I think the idea isn't to blue the taper itself (since the collet's flexibility will likely allow it to conform to the surface of the taper anyway) but to blue the tooling or internal bore of the collet, as any error in the collet or the taper itself should result in uneven front and rear...
  15. Bakafish

    how do you measure the fit of a collet?

    I've honestly never used plastigauge before, just seen it used and thought it might show something if used differentially. Not saying you could get an actual value out of them, just trying to think of how I'd do it if I didn't have the tools (which I'm assuming is a constraint here.) Honestly...
  16. Bakafish

    how do you measure the fit of a collet?

    Ahhh, soot!
  17. Bakafish

    how do you measure the fit of a collet?

    I am not sure what "sooth" is, but two strips of 'plastigauge', one at the front and one at the back of the precision shaft, might show a differential clamping force that would indicate an issue.
  18. Bakafish

    Newbie scraper in Japan

    Thanks for the encouragement. I didn't actually expect to be able to win this, and when I did, I just kept trying to set my expectations low, telling myself that it would come broken or be the wrong voltage, etc... So when it showed up this morning in such good shape I wasn't really mentally...
  19. Bakafish

    how do you measure the fit of a collet?

    I got my Rego-Fix ER16 collet set as a part of a surplus 3R EDM drill head that was being auctioned for pennies, I couldn't have afforded them otherwise. My main spindle is also equipped with a Rego-Fix ER25 holder, I'm a big fan but yeah, they are not cheap. I have a good number of Trustco ER25...
  20. Bakafish

    Newbie scraper in Japan

    Yes, you are correct. 😣 I have 2 tubes of different oil based domestic stuff (what's the difference between organic and inorganic pigments, anyone know?) I just heard so many horror stories about it getting everywhere, but I may as well get dirty.
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