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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielG View Post
    What does the interface to the vise look like?
    DaneilG, It is a flat platter with two 1/4-28 holes and two .2505 holes that are on location to center the 5th Axis Dovetail fixtures.

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    I think that if the platten (platter?) could be customized, it would be a big selling point.

    I run all sorts of goofy stuff on the face of my Dividing Head that is in my Brother. The main reason I have not replaced it is simply finances, but even when I get a 4th, I'll keep the Dividing Head, because of all the goofy things I can do with it that you can't with a 4th.

    This helps eliminate a few of those, and if it is customizable then it would be even more useful.

    MOST of my work, is not conducive to the current trend of dovetailed blocks. When I use a 4th, it is typically successive operations from my initial setup. So I need to be able to machine soft jaws, then index the part.

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    Well that did not work our so well. Sent it out to a shop in Belleville AR who seemed like a good candidate to beta test. Have lost contact with him and not been able to get my fixture back! But on a good note I've been making parts with these two fixtures in my HA5C and loving them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Smith View Post
    Well that did not work our so well. Sent it out to a shop in Belleville AR who seemed like a good candidate to beta test. Have lost contact with him and not been able to get my fixture back! But on a good note I've been making parts with these two fixtures in my HA5C and loving them!
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    It was probably on a plane heading east to china for copying....

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    It was probably on a plane heading east to china for copying....
    Great atleast now I’ll be able to get one for the cost of shipping.

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    I have the fixture and have not had time to even test the damn thing before he wanted it back. Last I recall I checked before going out of town is that it was boxed for shipment and I'll xo firm today if it shipped or make sure it's shipped today.

    Next time don't send shit to people and then threaten them via text message.

    FYI this unit is very difficult to operate and two of my employees both said the did not like the unit for several reasons.

    Stand by for a tracking number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ianagos View Post
    Great atleast now I’ll be able to get one for the cost of shipping.
    It's not worth copying.

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    There you go.

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    Not much for manufacturing in Danville....

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    Quote Originally Posted by as9100d View Post
    I have the fixture and have not had time to even test the damn thing before he wanted it back. Last I recall I checked before going out of town is that it was boxed for shipment and I'll xo firm today if it shipped or make sure it's shipped today.

    Next time don't send shit to people and then threaten them via text message.

    FYI this unit is very difficult to operate and two of my employees both said the did not like the unit for several reasons.

    Stand by for a tracking number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by as9100d View Post
    It's not worth copying.

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    Care to post the actual reasons it's so bad? "they did not like it" doesn't help much

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    Fascinating plot twist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by as9100d View Post
    It's not worth copying.

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    The idea got many positive responses from several members here, some usable, critical feedback might be useful.


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    We were hit with the covid19 bullshit and shut down for a solid month and limited time for another month. Thankfully all our customers were also hit so we could afford to have everyone take off.

    That said, the time my guys did use it for a xometry job their complaint was that it was difficult to turn by hand especially with wet coolant hands and especially if the part was still sharp with burrs.

    There was some positional error as well but not enough to make a difference in the parts we do. I want to say that on a part programmed with center of rotation origin, the parts they made were within tolerance by .003 on a few positions that had a .005 +/- and they weren't a repeatable error.

    Now in all fairness, the unit we had didn't have heat treated parts inside so maybe that's the issue?

    Setting aside my anger over the ordeal, of you want to make it better...find a better way to turn the platter with wet hands and fix the positional accuracy issues.

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    Why would you need to turn the platter on it's own with any regularity?

    It would seem that you could (would? should?) be turning it via the part that you just clamped up eh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by as9100d View Post
    We were hit with the covid19 bullshit and shut down for a solid month and limited time for another month. Thankfully all our customers were also hit so we could afford to have everyone take off.
    What about the COVID bullshit had your shop shut down for 1+ months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    Why would you need to turn the platter on it's own with any regularity?

    It would seem that you could (would? should?) be turning it via the part that you just clamped up eh?


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    The platter rotates by hand to index, simulating a 5 axis position move.

    That's with the fixture and part mounted. It's just tough to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgin View Post
    What about the COVID bullshit had your shop shut down for 1+ months?
    Non essential businesses were closed per the town mayor and then one of my employees contracted covid19 even though they were not at work.

    We are running on a light crew and those that can work from home are working from home now until all the fear is over with.



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    Quote Originally Posted by as9100d View Post
    Non essential businesses were closed per the town mayor and then one of my employees contracted covid19 even though they were not at work.

    We are running on a light crew and those that can work from home are working from home now until all the fear is over with.



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    Your business is essential though, right?

    Or did you shut 'er down because an employee contracted COVID?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgin View Post
    Your business is essential though, right?

    Or did you shut 'er down because an employee contracted COVID?
    Ha they said we were NOT essential Would someone like to try out this 4th axis fixture? they just delayed the closure an extra 3 weeks for the employee with it.

    The whole thing has been a joke, it hasn't hurt us financially since our customers were shut down and I was able to get a hefty PPP loan to pay employees while we were down.

    It's been a mini paid vacation for us all, no real complaints.

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    Is there any possibility to do some 'push button indexing' on the fixture? Even if it was some sort of ratchet/pawl mechanism that rotated the platter in 1º or 5º increment or something? The machine could index the 4th to a known position and then use a rod held in a toolholder to push the indexing button and rotate the platter the desired amount...

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