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    How to train employees?

    My shop has been growing as of late. The oldest employee has been there for about 8 years. Hired one guy full time about a year ago. One part time guy 6 months ago and another part time guy a week ago. These guys are all fairly smart and making a little better than average wage for the area and...
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    Large Carbide Selection Designed for Plastic.. Up cut and down-cut

    I purchased a large auction lot of carbide endmills designed for cutting plastic. The factory they came from was running multiple spindle machines (up to 22 spindles per machine) and changed the cutters out often. Most of the cutters show no wear and some show minimial wear on the bottom 1/8" or...
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    Brother High Accuracy Mode BII ?

    Does anyone have some good base line settings for Mode BII on a Brother? I'm waiting on tooling and would like to would like to hit the ground running. All my parts are small (fit in your hand) and require mostly high speed 3D contouring? Tolerances aren't real critical on my parts. +/- .0025...
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    Bussiness Savings Accounts

    I walked into the bank today to deposit a check for a decent sized job we did and the bank teller told me I qualified for some money market savings account for business. I guess its kinda like a savings account for business. So I talk to one of the higher ups at the place for a few minutes...
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    Legal Agreements about Ownership of Tooling?

    One of my larger customers had a lawyer draw up an NDA and Memorandum of Understanding on ownership of tooling. The backstory is I have developed a number of products from them. From the initial design to manufacture on there behalf and they own these products. Of which I have no issue with. The...
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    309 Max Feed Rate Alarm Issue Workaround?

    Long story short; I started my business with a Haas TM2P and upgraded to a VF4SS some time ago All of my original parts where programmed on the TM2P and all the new stuff is programmed for the VF4SS. All of the fixtures are interchangeable and the material I cut is not sensitive to...
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    OT - Shameless Promotion of Kickstarter Project, Machining G10 Cell Phone Cases

    I recently prototyped some G10 cell phone cases for a NYC company who just launched their kickstarter campaign. I'm just the lowly machinist/cnc programmer but thought you guys might find their video cool from a product development/machining standpoint...
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    Struggling with 2006 Haas Control... Anyone have a Manual OR Training Info

    Traded one of my newer TM2's for a 2006 VF4 and I'm struggling with even some simple stuff! :angry: I'm very proficient on 2009 and newer machines... But this control is the worst I've ever ran. For example it wont even run a spindle warm up! Its as if I'm mentally challenged or the Green...
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    How do you fix this? Broken Tool changer tab 40+1

    screen capture windows Used machine that came like this... A new wheel is quite pricey and difficult to install!!! So whats the best approach, Control Options? Or attempt to make a repair? Open for ideas and I don't NEED all 40 tools. But do need the ability to run programs from machine to...
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    Manufacturing Representative's How do they work?

    Title pretty much explains it.... Im very good at machining a specific material (G10/FR4). It machines like plastics but is real abrasive, require unconventional machining techniques with odd speeds and feeds... Plus a lot of shops don't want to touch it because it requires dust collection and...
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    OT - eBay Special from Ukraine

    I shop around on eBay from time to time and picked up several boxes iscar inserts much cheaper than they should have been... Normally I dont order stuff from sketchy countries but took a chance and the other week they actually showed up new and in the box! Then I watched the news the other day...
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    Leapfrogging your shop/bussiness

    I've been trying to grow my business for the past year or two and skip some of the intermediate steps. Some examples of this would be: Toolroom Mill -> Haas VF4SS Dowel Pins -> Ball Couplers Craftsman -> Vidmar and just buying high-quality stuff in general. In my case if I bought balanced...
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    40 Position Tool Changer Worth it?

    I'm pretty well decided I need a VF4SS. The only thing I'm undecided about is the tool changer and if the 40+1 is worth it. The 40 position side mount is both pricey and somewhat unneeded as I can get most of my production jobs with 24 tools and will have a TM2P with 20 tools loaded up for...
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    Optical Scanners??? Specifically the Asimeto Viewmeasure

    Going to a demo on Monday for an Asimeto Viewmeasure. Catalogs & Brochures At the IMTS it looked to quickly generate a .dxf file of an existing part. Or do a basic quality check if it had the part stored in its memory. Does anyone know anything about the view measure or optical scanners in...
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    Elaborate Family of Parts... Need Help

    Say a guy has a family of parts that is pretty elaborate... Material is a FR4/G10 and roughly 2" x 8" per part. With around 20 parts on a pallet. All the parts are basically the same and can be machined with about a dozen tools using identical fixtures that are equally spaced. BUT there is a...
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    High Feed Machining Need Advice

    Got a job that requires a lot of metal removal.... The part is simple but large for the machine I have... its roughly 10" x 7" x 1-3/4" out of A36 steel. With roughly 50-55 cubic inches being removed. The part is rectangular and there is a large key in the middle of it....instead of just bolting...
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