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    What is the deal with Inconel

    Over the past year or so I have been machining a lot of super alloys. Initially I thought "oh god this is gonna SUCK" But after awhile it really is just like....okay this is another material to cut. Maybe it is because I have had to cut such a wide spectrum of materials over my career but I...
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    Learning Hypermill

    Hi, I will be starting a job that will require me to learn Hypermill. I am moderately annoyed by this but also excited to broaden my skillset as well. I have about 8 years of Mastercam and 4 years of Multiaxis experience under my belt. With such a solid base I expect I will be able to handle...
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    SAE Porting in Inconel

    Good day, Has anyone here got experience with O-ring boss porting using Inconel 718? Job coming up is going to require a bunch of SAE ports in this lovely material and was wondering what your thoughts are. My only experience using form ports is exactly zero. I assume a carbide tipped SAE form...
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    Tooling Vendor Suggestions

    Good afternoon, I am always looking to check out new vendors for tooling. In my experience, Helical Solutions and Harvey Tool have been foundational suppliers for us for several years. The main reasons are several: 1: Extremely diverse selection of tools - specifically long reach necked...
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    Career Prospects

    Hello Random Internet Strangers, I am here to ask you a "simple" question: Would you take a challenging job at a shop in aerospace that offers great career trajectory and great pay, acceptable benefits and a fast paced environment, or would you take an easy(ish) job with great security, great...
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    Cost of large 5-axis mills

    Good morning, I had the pleasure of touring a shop that had some super large 5-axis machines... I was just curious what a ballpark $ amount might be for such a machine? DMU 125 for example, or an Okuma MU500-V, or a Doosan DVF8000T. I would guess a DMU125 (EDIT DMU 125 P Duoblock) is like...
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    Sandvik acquires Cambrio (GibbsCAM)

    So I invested into SDVKY when I heard they bought CGTech awhile back…and I had no idea they acquired Gibbs until I was scrolling thru my Fidelity news feed. All these big bois buying up the small fries can be good for customers sometimes, but also bad in a lot of ways. Thoughts? Sandvik really...
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    OT - Chemtool is on FIRE!!!

    Apparently there was a massive explosion and fire at the Chemtool plant in Illinois. Not lookin so good! Rockton Chemtool explosion causes major fire, smoke at chemical plant; evacuation ordered in area - ABC7 Chicago
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    Mastercam 2022 Released

    My post is very straightforward for once! Mastercam 2022 has been officially released. I am pretty comfortable in saying this is the most substantial Mastercam release since Mastercam 2017 came out and changed the entire interface. For an analogy, the past few releases have felt like iOS...
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    Hypermill vs. Mastercam/others as 5-axis solutions

    Hello, I had a long meeting with a HyperMILL salesperson today. It went well, and I would really like to see what others think of HyperMILL and how it relates to other popular software solutions like Mastercam. For the sake of this argument I am not considering other options that utilize the...
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    Quality of Tooling/Tooling Systems

    Hello, Just curious on a topic. Tooling is expensive, yes? Well, I wonder why some brands sell very expensive tooling, and some companies sell much cheaper tooling. For the sake of argument lets take away the outliers like Shars and eBay on the low end, and companies like Big Kaiser or Haimer...
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    Coolant Mist Collectors

    Hello fellow geniuses, I have had something in the back of my mind since I bought our machines a few years ago and that is COOLANT MIST! I regret not buying mist collectors when we got the machines but oh well. I was running some heavy roughing yesterday and the coolant was getting completely...
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    How do you choose tooling?

    Hey All, Our shop is always trying to maximize our value when we buy things. Right now I am trying to spend a healthy chunk of change to get our tooling stock back up to snuff. We also have a fixed amount to spend so there is always a compromise somewhere. How do you go about selecting...
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    Renishaw probes just aren't worth the money...

    Also, Friday is the most overrated day of the week. OK OK I jest, but I had to get your attention with my ridiculous title. I had a sad day today, one of my fucking Renishaw part probes got a wee bit busted up. I'm setting up my 5-axis with a spherical part. So I setup my probing macro, I...
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    Heat Treated Inconel machining

    Ohhhh boy I need to machine a fun part. It is a rocket fuel injector for a liquid fuel rocket. The initial part was made additively using Inconel 718, and naturally it was sintered in the oven, and then stress relieved during heat treating. So this shit is hard and tough. Rockwell 40-45. All...
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    On the hunt - world's best aluminum finishing endmill

    Hey, I feel pretty proud of the finishes I've been able to dial in over the years on aluminum. I tend to rough with Helical Solutions or an indexable solution, but one day I was randomly shopping on amazon and picked up a YG1 Alupower end mill. Well that turned into the best finishing endmill I...
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    Aluminum swarf/chips processing

    Hey everyone, hope you're doing well. I am curious to see how other shops are managing aluminum shavings/swarf/chips. We machine a lot of different materials so we don't usually recycle. However for the past 3 months our machines have been processing A LOT of aluminum almost exclusively. So I...
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    Kennametal DuoLock modular endmill system

    So I have a customer job that needs a long reach solution to complete the job. I tend to get prototypes like this fairly frequently and I would like to find a long term solution to it. In the past I have used Ingersoll modular indexable face/shoulder mills with good success. Basically a 1"...
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    Titans of CNC Kennametal Promotions

    Alright alright, say what you will say about Titans of CNC: Academy, but there's one small detail you may have overlooked if you ever watch titans of cnc on youtube. Titan has partnered with the literal Devil, Kennametal (jk) to offer some of their highest performing endmills at a pretty solid...
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    Milling Calcium Silicate :(

    Hello friends, I have a customer who needs calcium silicate sheets CNC milled. Recently I did some Macor for the same customer and it worked just fine. Anyone every milled or turned calcium silicate? First off, Ive never even heard of the stuff and there seems to be very little...
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