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  1. I've always thought a "Finishing" checkbox in HSM...

    I've always thought a "Finishing" checkbox in HSM Advisor would be cool, sorta does it all for you in one click.
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    Poll: I've heard of nothing but problems with that...

    I've heard of nothing but problems with that Blaser 735.
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    That’s what I woulda done within 5 minutes of...

    That’s what I woulda done within 5 minutes of throwing an indicator on it, but alas- 67 meetings will be had before that happens!
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    It is one of those theoretical advantages that I...

    It is one of those theoretical advantages that I think doesn't pan out to being meaningful real-world. On the TS27/OTS, the base is adjustable so you can dial it in dead-nuts flat. On a Metrol or...
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    Oofa, $10k is pretty spendy. I assume about $2500...

    Oofa, $10k is pretty spendy. I assume about $2500 of that is the Z Nano, and the remainder is the Blum spindle probe.

    Honestly, I would go Renishaw all around. I'm about to fit a TR27 to my...
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    - Buy this: Lenovo ThinkPad P50 i7 6820HQ 2.7GHz...

    - Buy this:
    Lenovo ThinkPad P50 i7 6820HQ 2.7GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 2GB M1000M 4K 3820 x 2160 | eBay

    - Put Fusion 360 on it.

    - Watch some YouTube tutorials.

    - Be making parts in a few hours.
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    Agreed. I don't think folks with critical...

    Agreed.

    I don't think folks with critical security requirements should be on the cloud yet. AWS is committed to compliance levels well beyond ITAR, and I know Autodesk is under immense pressure to...
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    1- Autodesk runs on Amazon Web Services, and AWS...

    1- Autodesk runs on Amazon Web Services, and AWS is probably the biggest attack surface on the internet by a huge margin. AWS also knows this, which is why they have one of the most impeccable...
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    I agree! But if you are doing ITAR work, you...

    I agree!

    But if you are doing ITAR work, you also are operating at a scale/level where asking "What CAM software should I use?" on a public forum is way below your ballpark.

    Furthermore, with...
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    HSM Works is $500 and part of the Fusion 360...

    HSM Works is $500 and part of the Fusion 360 package now. It is basically a no-brainer.

    Between the HSM Works and Fusion 360 (same CAM system) videos, you can learn to do literally anything with...
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    Every Fanuc control can be configured from a...

    Every Fanuc control can be configured from a stripper basic version for low-end MTBs, but the Robodrills have always come out of the box with a pretty decent spec as far as processing capability and...
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    The 16k and 27k machines are ceramic, but you'll...

    The 16k and 27k machines are ceramic, but you'll lose the taper well before the bearings.

    XY crashes on these machines are spindle-killers. They are tough as hell in Z though. A few weeks ago, an...
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    Meh. In aluminum, modern 3 flute, parabolic, 150...

    Meh. In aluminum, modern 3 flute, parabolic, 150 degree point angle drills (MA Ford, Ultratool) do such a great job of breaking chips that it is hard to say you really "need" TSC with them. I can't...
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    Well, it wasn't just a bad service year... DMG...

    Well, it wasn't just a bad service year... DMG Mori has a reputation in the PNW region for their first response to a customer problem being a detailed investigation into what the customer could...
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    Except for probing... Haas sells the Renishaw...

    Except for probing...

    Haas sells the Renishaw OTS and OMP40 with the eye dingus for about $5500. I've never seen a quote from an MTB where they listed probing as a roughly $12k option, for the...
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    Oh, it was the post Sandy Hook time-frame. I know...

    Oh, it was the post Sandy Hook time-frame. I know of 10 HMC spindles that were installed across 3 outfits looking to cash in. They paid full tilt for Makino and Mori cells, often skipping...
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    If this was in the timeframe I suspect, there...

    If this was in the timeframe I suspect, there were a lot of poor bastards who bought NHX4000s to make gun parts. Mori's reputation was only saved because bankruptcy courts came calling long before...
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    You both are talking past one another a little...

    You both are talking past one another a little bit.

    I know Andy (2of3) pretty well. He not only sold me my machine, but we've worked very closely on projects that push these machine's capabilities...
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    Correction - I don't want to "shop" for a machine...

    Correction - I don't want to "shop" for a machine on the internet, I want to learn about the machine on the internet. Walk me through how part probing works. Show me the code/functions of your TCP...
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    Machine tool sales are not "retail" items, it is...

    Machine tool sales are not "retail" items, it is true! But a large, lucrative chunk of the market is driven by much of the same psychology. For all intents and purposes, Haas dominates the...
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    Wrong demographic dude. The young guys like...

    Wrong demographic dude. The young guys like myself that are demanding better websites weren't around when today's old codgers killed off all the Made in USA machine tool brands.



    You are being...
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    Pricing online is something I could take or...

    Pricing online is something I could take or leave... But we've talked about this before:

    - Why aren't all machine manuals online?
    - Why is Haas the only company doing training videos (and...
  23. It is sorta true, but it is also true that our...

    It is sorta true, but it is also true that our industry is full of people who know the actual COGS of stuff better than the average bear. Most of the shrinker machines out there are *wildly*...
  24. I've used a Haimer, the Maritool unit, and a...

    I've used a Haimer, the Maritool unit, and a blowtorch.

    Blowtorch sucks. Yes, it can be done, but the PITA level is just off the charts stupid.

    The Haimer is super very very nice. It is also...
  25. I always thought a solid idea would be to make a...

    I always thought a solid idea would be to make a dingus that replaces the pull stud with a spring loaded pushrod that exerts pressure on the end of the busted tool.
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