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  1. Glad to hear we have some more options. If you...

    Glad to hear we have some more options. If you can stock replacements for the older boards/motors/etc I would certainly be a customer. Will there be any core return program for spindles, or a rebuild...
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    Oh man, the stuff you can do with a megabyte!...

    Oh man, the stuff you can do with a megabyte! What CAM are you using? What sort of parts are you making? If there's a smoothing/arc filtering option, you may want to look at it. Used properly, you...
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    The idea behind a probing system is that you...

    The idea behind a probing system is that you shouldn't have to sit there and dial things in. On my 13 year old HAAS mill I can hold some pretty tight tolerances with almost no human intervention...
  4. I have had success with FTDI based USB>Serial...

    I have had success with FTDI based USB>Serial adapters from amazon ($12ish), or a $20 PCI-E to serial card. I have a computer in my shop sending and receiving data from machines including huge...
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    He must be the guy who sticks his hand up through...

    He must be the guy who sticks his hand up through the vending machine flap to try and get free chips.
  6. Whoa! I meant to message you and ask about adding...

    Whoa! I meant to message you and ask about adding an extra set of dowel holes after seeing you post that on instagram. Apparently you're already on top of it!

    I might pick one of those up along...
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    Yeah, swiss for sure.

    Yeah, swiss for sure.
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    And yes, call the tool offset and go to X0 with...

    And yes, call the tool offset and go to X0 with MDI or the position screen. You can jog the machine in X to remove error there (easy to adjust in parameters later) and the remaining error you will...
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    The best way to hold the coax indicator would be...

    The best way to hold the coax indicator would be a collet chuck, but I have also seen people make a stepped adapter with a reamed hole for the indicator shank, or even a straight shank drill chuck/ER...
  10. Go poke your head in at the Home Shop Machinist...

    Go poke your head in at the Home Shop Machinist or CNC Zone (LOL, literally counted as an expletive if all one word) forums, there is a wealth of knowledge on your particular machine and there are...
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    I have a 2006 VM3, I think I have 32mb of memory...

    I have a 2006 VM3, I think I have 32mb of memory (expanded memory option). I have it networked,it has USB, and it has a 40GB hard drive onboard. I can run programs direct from network, usb, or RS232...
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    I would definitely predrill a start hole so you...

    I would definitely predrill a start hole so you don't have to plunge with your endmill. This effect is definitely coming from the shallow dish in the endmill and the soft material.
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    Look at helical. I have one of theirs in 1/2" and...

    Look at helical. I have one of theirs in 1/2" and I LOVE it. Super versatile. ...
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    Electrical interference? Loose connections? ...

    Electrical interference? Loose connections?
    Does it happen only when the plasma torch is on or does it happen all the time
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    I'm a pretty big fan of Helical and Destiny...

    I'm a pretty big fan of Helical and Destiny endmills. They both have lots of options depending on what you need and phenomenal performance.
    When I'm feeling a bit cheap I usually swing for...
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    What's the part number on that? That's exactly...

    What's the part number on that? That's exactly what I need. Just CAT40 instead.

    EDIT: nevermind, looked at it on my computer instead of my phone and was able to read it. Also, why can't we...
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    So for what it's worth, my KIA cuts pip-free,...

    So for what it's worth, my KIA cuts pip-free, perfectly on center after alignment, but here's what the toolsetter looks like vs a tool tip.
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    I looked at that option and found a product on...

    I looked at that option and found a product on the market that was basically the same thing- Just softjaws bored for 5c, and a plate that retains the collet and sets the depth. Nub Tools Master Jaw...
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    Just bore a set of softjaws for it (3" diameter...

    Just bore a set of softjaws for it (3" diameter ish) and its pretty low. Haven't measured, but definitely within .001 since I cant see any runout by eye.
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    NICE! Glad you got it working.

    NICE!
    Glad you got it working.
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    Some softjaws that will hang onto 3/8" diameter...

    Some softjaws that will hang onto 3/8" diameter in a 12" chuck?
    Good luck.

    If you don't want to buy a full blown spindle mount collet chuck for $1800 or whatever, these work well: McMaster-Carr
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    Get a collet chuck, a work stop, and an extension...

    Get a collet chuck, a work stop, and an extension tube for the work stop to get it 4.5" back?
    Edit: Beat by mere moments.
  23. I ran it through HSM Advisor and it looks like...

    I ran it through HSM Advisor and it looks like you can do a 6mm depth of cut very safely, at 2150 and 570mm/min

    I made some assumptions about the tool and material, but the worst case cutting...
  24. You're wearing out the tip of your endmill...

    You're wearing out the tip of your endmill because that's all you are using with the shallow stepdown. If you go deeper you will get it done faster and get more material removed before trashing your...
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    My go-to is a Hakko 888D and a variety of tips. I...

    My go-to is a Hakko 888D and a variety of tips. I can do 8AWG wire down to magnification-required SMT work, and everything in between. It's been reliable for 6 years of regular use and counting, and...
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