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  1. Rick Finsta

    Probe Extension for Mitutoyo Surftest 212

    I can't seem to find the part number for a older Mitutoyo Surftest 212 probe extension cable. This is the round connector on both ends with 6 pins (not the 12 pin data output cable) so you can mount the probe on a height gauge for easy use. We had one at the old shop but I can't get a hold of...
  2. Rick Finsta

    Hardinge G83 Return Plane Issues

    Machine is a '95 GT27SP with Fanuc 18T and it does have the drilling cycle option (though I also have the macro I'd prefer to just use G83 since that plays nicely with the stock Fanuc posts from Autodesk). My post processor is putting out the following code: (17/32 DRILLING) G27 W0. U0. N01M1...
  3. Rick Finsta

    4th Axis 96mm 90deg adapters?

    Looks like I just sold out of everything I have in inventory so I need to get rocking on some stuff that is best suited to two operations: using a 4th axis for the first, and simply removing the excess holding stock and chamfering on the second in a vise on the table. Everything I can find is...
  4. Rick Finsta

    New Machine(s) Day! Brother S700X2 and Hardinge GT-27SP

    New (and used) machines day! I needed another spindle to keep some of my products off backorder and also to support some additional job shop stuff I've taken on to help out a local shop with some growth issues. I was shopping for a used Speedio but after mucking about for a few months I just...
  5. Rick Finsta

    Material for Small Pins, Heat Treat Concerns

    So I have these small pins that go into one of the tools in my product line. They are made from 13/64" drill rod, are about 1.5" long, and have a taper to a 1mm radius end, and the other end has a 2mm radius with a small inverse radius transition to it. I just grabbed A2 from McMaster to prove...
  6. Rick Finsta

    Laser Marking in Anodized Aluminum

    I've got a bunch of parts that I engrave-through the anodizing, which looks great but eats a ton of spindle time. I'm looking for a small (benchtop is preferred) laser marking system that can mark on dark colored anodizing (specifically, black and purple). All parts would have a marked area of...
  7. Rick Finsta

    Anodizing in Upper Midwest?

    I've been using Midwestern Anodizing which is local, and their service and work are both great, and pricing is very reasonable. However, I've got a few colors that they have stopped doing and may need other options for some white label products I'm making. Specifically I need a bright green...
  8. Rick Finsta

    High Feed Milling in Aluminum?

    Here's an oddball. I've got some parts I did because a local business needed a few prototypes fast. Well, they want me to make more but my pricing was too high. I had them redesign the part to get a certain feature (heat sink) so I could attack it normal to the surface instead of using a...
  9. Rick Finsta

    Large Insert Drill in Aluminum Issues

    So, I've been running an Ingersoll 2" diameter 3xD inserted drill, that takes the square inserts (inside and outside are the same) to rough holes in 2"x8" aluminum extrusion (6061-T6511). I have been running 2000SFM and 0.011ipt (21.45IPM) for a long time now using flood coolant. Machine is an...
  10. Rick Finsta

    FANUC OT-A RS-232 File Input Parameters

    I'm not sure what parameter I'm looking for, or if this can be changed, but when I input a program on my OT-A I have line numbers with macro error calls after the M30 (this is just the way I was taught to do it, if there is a better way I'm all ears). Anyways, the control automatically puts any...
  11. Rick Finsta

    Slitting Saw Pilot Hole Tolerance?

    Got some slitting saws in - only other time I've used any is at the old shop where we had some oddball metric size and I made a holder myself to fit them since we were in a time crunch. Fast forward to today - I bought 1/2" pilot saws, and the holder is perfect at 0.0001-0.0002" undersized (of...
  12. Rick Finsta

    New Machine Day! Small Gang Lathe

    These aren't as exciting as when I had millions of dollars to spend of other peoples' money, but what the hell. I picked up a 1985 Takahashi Microstar TNC-L0 gang lathe for $1500 and it is getting delivered today. It has a 6k RPM spindle and FANUC 0T-B on it, and has a 5C collet chuck. All...
  13. Rick Finsta

    Choosing a Steel Alloy for Parts - A36, 1045, or 4140

    I've got parts that are... well google "torque plate" and you'll see. I have a customer looking for a steel plate (I only usually make these for diesel applications or some oddball stuff where it is really necessary) and need to figure out what alloy to use in the long run as well. Last time I...
  14. Rick Finsta

    Most Used Threadmills

    So, I've run into issues having to wait a day or two to get tooling for some job shop work that comes through (I 99% support my in house product line, but also do some other stuff on the side) or other dumb projects. I've only been machining for a few years now so my tool crib is pretty sparse...
  15. Rick Finsta

    Old Royal FX-550 Wiring?

    This is bizarre. When I got this thing it was wired like this: Motor is a Baldor and based on the Voltage markings appears to be the old IEC standard. That means it is hooked up like this: L1 - 4 L2 - 5 L3 - 6 3-8 1-9 2-7 I'm assuming it was wired for high voltage, but those terminal...
  16. Rick Finsta

    Forklift Mounted Jib Crane Options?

    So I'm running my first large steel parts in the Okuma and need a better solution since I'm a one-man shop. It is a PITA to get the forklift facing the front of the machine so I'm looking for something I can swing sideways. I know I can make something but I have seen these in a...
  17. Rick Finsta

    Keyseat Cutter help

    So I've got a job that uses a 0.250" thick, 0.040" double corner radius, 1.75" OD, 1/2" shank (with a small relief due to the depth of the feature) slot mill / keyseat cutter, whatever. 14 tooth, solid carbide. It is cutting 4140 at 41-44HRc. It goes in fine but then hits a cross hole and...
  18. Rick Finsta

    Shout out to AD for great service

    I know, I know. Lots of folks hear about shit not going right, and I am a believer that if something goes much better than expected, I should say something instead of just bitching when things go wrong. Fusion 360 has a new(ish) chat button in the lower right corner of the screen. I got a new...
  19. Rick Finsta

    Okuma M560 OSP300 Manual Tool Change in Program

    My application engineer's business card is sitting on my desk at home... Anyone do manual tool changes mid-program on the OSP300? I'm using a G116 tool change macro that I got from here that allows same tool in spindle and also T0 calls to clear the spindle. So I always keep one pot empty to...
  20. Rick Finsta

    Replacement Encoder for B&S CMM

    I picked up a B&S with the Reflex controller and the Z-axis encoder didn't make the journey to the shop. The glass scale itself is in perfect shape, as is the small cage spring arm that holds the encoder against the scale. I need a replacement 182-904-2 encoder. I have found 182-904-4 units on...
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