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    I keep hearing that this winter will be bad for manufacturing in Europe.

    Pretty easy to rack up that kind of bill on two vehicles with 10% down or less. A nicely equipped truck, SUV, or Tesla can easily be 90k+
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    We need a lot more of this in the US; what is your state doing?

    I might have been unclear, as if I follow your advice, but have not "wondered" about each "case" where money is collected and spent, what would I advocate for? I happen to think education is worth investing in, but the way our public education system is set up has some serious shortcomings...
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    We need a lot more of this in the US; what is your state doing?

    Jim, you didn't even come close to answering the question. Fact is, some of us don't take every gov't expenditure as axiomatic, and like to wonder on a case-by-case basis if we really do have the right to take from people and spend it on something else.
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    OT: Is technology slowing things down?

    Here in MI the proposal to add nine (9) days of early in-person voting and drop boxes for "absentee" ballots up to 40 days before election day passed. In-person, you need to have a photo ID unless you sign a little piece of paper that says "I don't have an ID" and then you can vote anyway. Vote...
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    OT: Is technology slowing things down?

    Buck, when's the last time you got down to the SoS to renew your license? For at least three years or so they have a star on the top right corner, or at least they should (mine does, issued in 2019). That star is the representation that the State has verified your US citizenship at the time of...
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    OT need a new camp stove

    I've used all three: Coleman propane dual-burner, butane powered ultralite backpacking systems, and the multi-fuel liquid powered MSR Dragonfly. Dragonfly is a little chunkier than most backpacking stoves, but the handful of ounces are an excellent investment IMO for its stability, reliability...
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    OT need a new camp stove

    If you don't mind liquid fuel, I will wholeheartedly recommend MSR stoves. Whisperlite is the most popular, but I have a dragonfly and it is an excellent stove. Reportedly made in Seattle, USA.
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    The US sanctions impacting the Chinese chip industry

    It's not that complicated if you've been in the auto industry for very long... Auto OEMs beat everyone up on price, and because everything requires a dedicated tool for PPAP, anything and everything is custom to some extent. The resistance to redesign is another auto OEM thing, often they just...
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    Steel for cooking

    Service temperature is up to around 500°F, which is typically A-OK for cooking applications, but toxic gasses are released somewhere around 700°F so you can definitely get into trouble if you overheat a pan. Maybe broiling too, but I'm not certain that's quite as much a concern.
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    The US sanctions impacting the Chinese chip industry

    What I was trying to say is that Taiwan is the actual world leader for this commodity, not PRC.
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    Grinding Concrete Floor Experience

    Yes, if you grind concrete you will expose the aggregate. Following that, you have the choice to polish the exposed aggregate or layer a finish like epoxy over it.
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    The US sanctions impacting the Chinese chip industry

    I'm sorry, but the two I bolded are just plain wrong. If we can send probes to the moons of Jupiter (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, ESA, scheduled launch 2023; Europa Clipper, NASA, scheduled launch 2024), then I'm fairly certain we could send a probe to the dark side of our own. China has yet to...
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    Buying manual mills and lathes for a VoTech shop

    I believe the new LeBlond lathes and castings for new Bridgeport knee mills are all in Taiwan, but Hardinge finishes the Bridgeports here. I've heard rumors that they're considering reshoring the castings as well.
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    I keep hearing that this winter will be bad for manufacturing in Europe.

    Only tooling required these days is a keyboard with a robust "0" key :(
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    Steel for cooking

    Although teflon is about impervious to most anything in the kitchen thermally and chemically, I have it on good authority that you can still scrape bits of it free with your cooking utensils. Can't imagine that goes anywhere but into the food. The concern for me about lead in a cooking surface...
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    Parting Line and Flash Requirements

    It's not uncommon to specify thickness and extension separately in the rubber molding industry, but for plastic molding I don't believe I've ever seen flash thickness specified. For rubber, if there's only one generic value it will apply to both. However, the way you have described the drawing...
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    Parting Line and Flash Requirements

    You expect there's gonna be flash somewhere other than the parting line? If so, you have got some other issues you need to work through before you address that one.
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    Forging/Expanding Titanium

    Might be worth a shot, definitely seems like the way to go for the backbore since that needs to be coaxial with the cup and the shank. There's enough meat to do stock removal only starting from a little over 3/4" into the cup, but the rim will need to expand from 5/8" up to 1.300" so if I try...
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    Forging/Expanding Titanium

    Little side-job here, my brother recently scrapped out some old and worn Ti6Al4V ultrasonic transducer heads, and they ended up finding their way to me. I think it would be neat to make a tuba mouthpiece out of one, but it's just a bit too small at the rim. Thought it would be simple enough to...
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    OT - material recommendation

    I just assumed that OP had found an ultra-high-molecular-weight nylon, he didn't specify that his UHMW was polyethylene like it normally would be. Never heard of UHMWPA, but it could be out there! Seriously though, if you have your choice you should go with Acetal (Delrin is the trade name for...
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