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    ISO9000 and AS9100

    Anybody have recent experience getting through AS9100 and ISO? We just hired a full time quality guy, and I'd like him to help facilitate the process, but not carry all of the burden. Hoping to get a recommendation for consultants, etc... I was hoping to handle this with our ERP integration...
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    Assembly Welding Recommendation for Portland, OR

    Can anybody recommend a good welder in the Portland metro area that can do machined parts? I have some very high value 6061 assemblies that need to be welded together after we do assembly. It's a relatively easy job by my estimation (probably only a few hours total). I'm just a mediocre TIG...
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    Solidworks Dropped Online Licensing - Gouging Customers

    SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing Discontinuation So I've ranted on here a few times about how insane it is that our annual maintenance for ~10k in Solidworks seats is about 5k. They are gouging the heck out of customers and offering essentially no improvements or support for the cost of staying...
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    Recommendation for large(ish) EDM Work

    Any recommendations for a good WEDM shop that can fit a slightly oversized part? We have a 17inch cube of 6061 that needs an extrusion shape cut all the way through it (+/-.003). The slug left in the middle will be about 90% of the weight. If we can find a way to squeeze this onto an EDM, I...
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    Tool Length Measurement on Surface Plate

    So I don't trust the laser on one of our machines, and would like to set tool heights on the granite until we get everything recalibrated. Surely somebody makes an adapter for this? This morning we just dropped the HSK tools on a pair of 1-2-3 blocks. Even a ground block with a big hole in...
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    Mikron Service Techs

    Anybody have a good Mikron service tech? West Coast or Pacific Northwest preferred. :D I have always had positive experiences with Ellison, but when I got on their website this afternoon, it appeared like they may no longer be the distributor. :confused: Haven't called around yet. We...
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    Source for C110 copper plate

    Anybody have a good source for large(ish) sizes of copper? I'm having a really hard time finding some C110 plate. (Sizes 2.50 and 3.00 inches). We can order it in, but the lead time is 4 weeks, and that won't work for my customer. Surely somebody out there stocks this stuff. Recommendations???
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    Finding an Auction (used machines)

    Here's a dumb question. How do I find out about any upcoming auctions on a national level? I'm frantically searching the used market for a Mazak Variaxis, and twice now I've seen machines get scooped up by "local" auction houses. I think I get spam emails from MMI, and it looks like they are...
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    Business Insurance

    Who are you folks using right now for business insurance? I have myself plus 3 employees in a 6500sqft leased facility at the edge of Portland. No crazy requirements, but our landlord does have a specific set of criteria for coverages, and we are not currently compliant. I hooked up with...
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    Ball Endmill in Aluminum - 3FL vs 2FL

    So I have always been a fan of 3 flute tools in aluminum. They seem to have a little better rigidity than 2 flute, lower chipload at same feeds, plus they can be variable pitch, etc... But when it comes to ball endmills, it's a little harder to find 3 flute tools. In fact, most of the really...
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    Metric Cat40 Dual Contact Facemill Arbors

    Just picked up a new ISCAR high feed mill. I love the thing, but it's got a 22mm arbor. ISCAR makes a CAT40 arbor that size, but not with dual contact. Does anybody have a good selection of dual contact CAT40 facemill holders that include metric sizes? I know it's a bit of a goofy...
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    Who Makes the Best Corner Rounders?

    Dumb question. Who makes the best corner rounders? We do mostly low quantity parts, and only break out the corner rounders once or twice a year. I'm going to setup a few permanently and add them to the digital tool database, so it's less painfull when we do put them in action. Who's...
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    Best Mild Steel for Machinability

    I'm sure it's been asked, but a quick search doesn't return anything. What is the best mild steel for machinability? Specifically we are milling some fixture plates, roughly 1in x 18 x 18. Punching a large hole in the middle, drilling some bolt hole patterns, doing some surfacing, and some...
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    Moving to a new Location

    Well, after an insanely long and arduous process, we finally got the keys to the new shop on Friday evening. Covid made dealing with the leasing company (an already ugly process) exponentially more difficult than I ever expected. But it's done now, and we're ready to get to work. We were in...
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    2inch Carbide Keyseat Recommendation

    So we have a tool that we use a lot, and I'm looking for a good alternative. It's a 2in diameter .125w carbide keyseat cutter with a .500in shank. The profile of the tool is great, and we use it a ton. The big issue is that the shank is HSS, so once the tool wears out, they tend to get stuck...
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    Spindle Upgrade

    So I have a dumb question. I have a lot of experience with NEW machines, but not so much with the older equipment... Anybody have actual experience doing a complete spindle upgrade on a machine, without a controller retrofit? For instance, what if I want to buy a 20 year old Mazak, and stick...
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    Trim 690XT Smell

    Hey guys just reporting my experience. I finally gave up on Blaser Synergy 735 due to staining, rusting, and poor performance (especially with form taps). After extensive research online, and after reading many positive reviews, I switched over to Trim 690XT. I was not prepared for the...
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    Seeking Freelance CAD Designer

    Anybody ever have a good experience hiring somebody to do design work for them? I'm looking for a recommendation, and really don't know where to start. One of my customers has a seemingly endless supply of custom hot rod parts that they want machined. It's not just brackets on cocktail napkin...
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    Transparent Material Pricing

    Just a rant about material pricing. I got a quote in yesterday from my aluminum supplier. The guy I normally talk to was on vacation, and a different sales person had bumped prices up on some material over 20% from a previous quote. Had to call in an talk them down in price. Then today, I...
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    CAM for Complex Turning

    Just got done with a FeatureCAM demo, and we were really impressed. What other software should we be considering for turning? We do a lot of low volume, high complexity parts. We have Esprit 20xx, but it's just not up to the challenge anymore. The age of the software is really starting to...
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