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    Pretty slow for me. Scraped together enough...

    Pretty slow for me. Scraped together enough oddball work to have a decent May. Maybe the company that I did some work for awhile ago, that makes non-lethal launchers, will be back in touch ;).
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    Top right area of the drawing.

    Top right area of the drawing.
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    P1, knob complete except for the top surface...

    P1, knob complete except for the top surface which is in the carrier. Cut from 1" bar held with Talon Grips (could also use 7/8" if available):

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    P2 is with soft jaws to hold the parts...
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    About half of my work is Boeing-related, and that...

    About half of my work is Boeing-related, and that all dropped way off since a few months ago.

    On the plus side, the gardens and yard have never looked better :-).

    Regards.

    Mike
  5. Lucky you, having a multi-line CRT. I have a...

    Lucky you, having a multi-line CRT. I have a Yasnac 2000G with one line of LED's :crazy:. No G76 for me, long-hand threading code is all, and that works fine. So, that is one workaround for your...
  6. Holding tenths ... multiple tenths. Within a...

    Holding tenths ... multiple tenths. Within a couple tenths. That's what it means to me. And that is difficult, except maybe boring and reaming holes -- that can be held within a couple tenths...
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    Yes. There is also seamless DOM -- white-hot...

    Yes. There is also seamless DOM -- white-hot billet gets pierced by a mandrel and becomes tubing.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    It is often welded, then finished over a mandrel....

    It is often welded, then finished over a mandrel.

    Regards.

    Mike
  9. Not bad, but the couple times I looked, they were...

    Not bad, but the couple times I looked, they were a little higher than I would have paid my regular supplier.

    But that's not the worst of it. The delay in getting started, while waiting for the...
  10. That poor reamer is going to have to chew through...

    That poor reamer is going to have to chew through the AlO layer all the way through the hole, not just at the top.

    Make the holes to finished size, and ask your anodizer to mask the holes. This is...
  11. I know, but I'm giving room for a more generous...

    I know, but I'm giving room for a more generous explanation ;). Might not be one.

    If it's the obvious, and they expand the usage, it's gonna make an already difficult arrangement much harder.
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  12. New Xometry requirement to purchased material from Xometry?

    Hi guys that are looking at Xometry jobs,

    I've started to see this called out on some job offers:

    "By accepting this job, you agree to purchase material through Xometry Supplies, material quote...
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    That's not what the chart is saying, the TPP tax...

    That's not what the chart is saying, the TPP tax rate is not 20-30% in some states. That chart is showing "Personal Property as a Percentage of State Property Tax Base," not the actual TPP tax rate....
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    Looks like ~1%, 11-year "Economic Life" with 15%...

    Looks like ~1%, 11-year "Economic Life" with 15% residual value for CNC machines.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    I'll have to check with my CPA. Regards. ...

    I'll have to check with my CPA.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    No state income tax here in WA. Low TPP tax....

    No state income tax here in WA. Low TPP tax. Electricity is pretty cheap. If you stay out of the cities (I'm near all the big cities, but not "in" a city -- unincorporated King County), property...
  17. What SExx inserts for steel, for use in a 30-taper?

    Hi guys,

    I don't do much steel in my Speedio, but when I do, facing is dicey. I take very light finishing cuts, but the blunt inserts I have been using cut "hard". Like, they pound, or something...
  18. You can always share the load with less-busy...

    You can always share the load with less-busy nearby shops ... just saying ...

    :hole:

    Regards.

    Mike
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    I don't know much about mold bases, but if they...

    I don't know much about mold bases, but if they are straightforward Al parts, I'm sure I can make you a few from plate or bar. Idaho panhandle is 1-day FedEx ground, Idaho main 2-days. Or what the...
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    303 stainless if allowed. Anything else will be...

    303 stainless if allowed. Anything else will be much harder to machine.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    Make sure you test the hook! Regards. Mike

    Make sure you test the hook!

    Regards.

    Mike
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    Seriously though, if you're willing to work cheap...

    Seriously though, if you're willing to work cheap and enjoy tight deadlines on low-quantity complex parts, Xometry IS great.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    I have an air plunger in my SL-2's spindle bore...

    I have an air plunger in my SL-2's spindle bore that pushes to a work stop in Tool 8. Lets me bar feed 3' bars. I can send you details if you're interested.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    Another option then, if you were planning on a...

    Another option then, if you were planning on a 2nd op to clean up the backside, is to saw pucks that are part thickness + 1/8" + a little more for facing, and hold them with Versa Grips. They're...
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    You can simply model the multiple parts directly....

    You can simply model the multiple parts directly. It's inelegant, but it works.

    Regards.

    Mike
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