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    I use MSC regularly for HSS Drills/ Taps/...

    I use MSC regularly for HSS Drills/ Taps/ Reamers.

    I find that MSC, Grainger, and McMaster are all way overpriced. The only thing they have that is great is the convenience of having exactly what...
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    Get in touch if you are. I am 1 mile from...

    Get in touch if you are. I am 1 mile from Starrett world headquarters. The old buildings they are in still run off the rivers hydropower to this day. You may want to check them out as well.
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    I just bought 3 Brownies for $1300. I will make...

    I just bought 3 Brownies for $1300. I will make my money back the first day they go into production. I have 20 of them now in a 3-5 man shop.

    That video made me smile. I dont always run into...
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    Usually its best to quote OT as double time. This...

    Usually its best to quote OT as double time. This is usually because you wont know exactly how long it will take and what issues will arise.

    If it is a good customer and you are getting T+M and...
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    I remember using SketchUp. Dont know if it was...

    I remember using SketchUp. Dont know if it was free or not but it was very easy to use for a beginner. I use Solidworks now (not free)
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    None of them look down on me. We all grew up poor...

    None of them look down on me. We all grew up poor in a small town. They just went to college because they were told thats how you make it in this world. Unless you want to flip burgers for minimum...
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    Just to add to this a little bit. My friends who...

    Just to add to this a little bit. My friends who went to college and got loans graduated in the summer of 2009. Student loans cannot be cleared by bankruptcy. I watched so many people ruin there...
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    I do not have debt. House was paid off 20 years...

    I do not have debt. House was paid off 20 years ago. Cars are paid for. My machines do not break. Bought out Greenfield Tap and Die's tool crib 20 years ago and still find pans of tooling that are...
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    What has been described here sounds exactly like...

    What has been described here sounds exactly like my Line of Credit from the bank. I can just go to the bank and show them a P.O. and get the money I need for supplies and payroll, etc. Just pay...
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    Brown and Sharpe Cam automatics. $36/hr...

    Brown and Sharpe Cam automatics.

    $36/hr (penny/sec) for free machining metals
    $40-$45/hr for medium carbon steels
    $45-$50/hr for stainless

    Rates and overhead have not changed in 25 years.
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  11. I tell my customers all the time that if it is...

    I tell my customers all the time that if it is the right part for the machines I have I will always be the best price. If they would be run better/more efficiently on a different machine then they...
  12. It says right in the book that you cant use...

    It says right in the book that you cant use aluminum tooling to cut aluminum.
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    As a Cam Automatic screw machinist, thinning out...

    As a Cam Automatic screw machinist, thinning out some old oil with Kerosene has been the trick since forever. Even that was still pretty flammable and needed more attention. Never tried too much, but...
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    Just a heads up. Got it to work correctly. I had...

    Just a heads up. Got it to work correctly. I had to play with so many features and run simulations to see what they did. Apparently my tool was just a few thou too big for the feature and the...
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    262640 I keep getting stuff like this. I try a...

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    I keep getting stuff like this. I try a bunch of different ways to go about it (Boss,Slot,Pocket,open pocket,face feature,etc) but none have worked so far. Im still playing around with it...
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    Well Im trying to get something you can see...

    Well Im trying to get something you can see better. I dont really have the toolpaths for the ball mill due to the emulation being all over the place and not really view able.

    When I select the...
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    262581 262582 The toolpath the ball mill...

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    The toolpath the ball mill seems to take is around the part I want machined. It circles around it no matter what I try to do. I cant figure out how to do this manually either. I...
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    I got the tool to come in from the right...

    I got the tool to come in from the right direction but now I cannot get the toolpath correct. Its just a simple pass from the center of the part on a slight rise to the collet. The software is taking...
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    That sounds familiar. I do remember getting to a...

    That sounds familiar. I do remember getting to a point where I could change planes like that but I didnt know what I was doing so I stopped and tried other things and or gave up for the day.
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    I know there is all kinds of terminology in the...

    I know there is all kinds of terminology in the tooling setup that I am unaware of. I know some are basic knowledge but I dont know what the abbreviations are on everything. ex= WIP = work in...
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    I am emulating a lathe with mill/turn...

    I am emulating a lathe with mill/turn capabilities. For some reason I cant get the live tool to come in at 90 degrees from the y axis. It comes in from the axial side of things as if it was a...
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    Camworks mill/turn help

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    I am learning the chess series on CAD/CAM but I am using Camworks and not fusion 360 like most of the tutorials are...
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    6-8 weeks lead time is pretty short for anyone in...

    6-8 weeks lead time is pretty short for anyone in my network. We are all backed up 3-6 months at the moment and every time we try to find a home for a job we are all told the same thing.....Backed up...
  24. Screw Machine turning tool holders. If your not...

    Screw Machine turning tool holders. If your not familiar they have rollers that either sit in front of the cutting edge or behind it and roll on the part to keep the cut concentric.
  25. Carbide has always been scarce around here. We...

    Carbide has always been scarce around here. We dont have Constant SFM spindle speed controls so carbide tends to chip a lot when getting close to center. HSS works great for me in 316 SS and never...
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