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    Thanks, but no matter what view I choose, there's...

    Thanks, but no matter what view I choose, there's always the inevitable job that I have to edit each individual day because I can't see the date range I need to just drag stuff around.

    And I tried...
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    Job Scheduling Calendar

    I know there's another scheduling post that's active, but I think we have different goals.

    I'm running a 2-machine shop that's about to be a 3-machine shop and looking like a 4-machine shop later...
  3. Thanks Bob, both excellent points. We probe...

    Thanks Bob, both excellent points.

    We probe centerlines just like you, but neither my Renishaw nor my Blum probe routines orient the probe like you're talking about for their standard stuff. ...
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    324884 I've not done either, but what I would...

    324884

    I've not done either, but what I would try on the Brother first is:

    IF [#3001 GT 200.] GOTO 1000
    ....
    N1000 #3000=1 (CYCLE TIME OVER 200 SECONDS, STOP SCREWING WITH PROGRAM NEWBIE)
    ...
  5. No, so process accuracy is controlled by runout...

    No, so process accuracy is controlled by runout on the Blum probing routines. I changed how we handle our Haas probing to match the Blum setup, since it's really quite easy to remember "NO RUNOUT",...
  6. The gage block will move around as the machine...

    The gage block will move around as the machine thermally grows and shrinks, so I won't be able to tell the difference between an axis that's shifted and runout in the probe itself.

    Chips will be...
  7. Automatically measuring spindle probe runout

    I'm exploring an idea to automatically measure the runout of a spindle probe every cycle. It would then measure locations and update work offsets.

    I have failed to find an indicator with output...
  8. 2' x 4' Thanks for all the comments, I've...

    2' x 4'

    Thanks for all the comments, I've learned a lot. A sled definitely makes a table saw less scary and more productive, but in the end I'm still going to go with a vertical band saw. Space...
  9. That was my feeling as well. And 3/4" thick is...

    That was my feeling as well. And 3/4" thick is the thickest. Smallest blank would be 1/4" thick, 0.275" wide and 0.700" long.
  10. I should have put a quantity to my question. At...

    I should have put a quantity to my question. At most we would cut 1,000 blanks of any one size. Generally it would be more like 10 blanks to 200 blanks on average. Most can get cut while the...
  11. There are two things in life that scare the ever...

    There are two things in life that scare the ever loving shit out of me:

    1) My wife when I've done something really stupid
    2) Table saws
  12. Vertical bandsaw for cutting plastic blanks

    We machine a lot of Ultem 1000, Acetal, etc. We normally get our blanks pre cut from Boedeker, and that's worked very well for years. Now that we're seeing some supply issues with plastics, it's...
  13. Can't edit the first post anymore. C, D and E...

    Can't edit the first post anymore. C, D and E are spoken for.
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    Dan, I sent you a private message a few days ago....

    Dan, I sent you a private message a few days ago. Please send a couple pictures of each structure and shoot me the address of your place. Matt (at) rfrcustomfab (dot) com
  15. Thanks Zach. Your PM inbox is full. I am crazy...

    Thanks Zach. Your PM inbox is full. I am crazy busy, but I'll get this packed and an invoice to your paypal address tomorrow. I'll probably not have time to get it shipped tomorrow though.
  16. MariTool, Techniks and Big Kaiser BT30 tooling for sale

    I'm selling some BT30 tool holders that we either don't use anymore, or have never used. Most were for testing and only made 10-20 test parts. Some just don't work physically with our setup. They...
  17. Thanks for this. I never heard of finger tip...

    Thanks for this. I never heard of finger tip controls before. Looks terrible to be accurate with like you're saying.
  18. Shed will be lightly insulated, but probably get...

    Shed will be lightly insulated, but probably get down to 40, up to 100.

    The Clark is hammered. Steering has 1/2 turn of dead zone, brakes work ok but the pedal sinks and has to be lifted with...
  19. :) Point taken. Thanks for the help...

    :) Point taken.

    Thanks for the help gentlemen. I'll look for an LP model.
  20. Are newer electric forklifts any good?

    I am kicking around getting a newer forklift. We need around about 4k with solid pneumatic tires. I drove a few old electrics in years past and the on/off feeling of the cylinders and transmission...
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    Since all you ever see of 3D printing is some...

    Since all you ever see of 3D printing is some nerd in his mom's basement, or a million dollar pipe dream, I thought I'd shoot a quick video of 3 printers working in a real shop. Our tiny print farm...
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    Hi Tony. I liked the one I bought enough to buy...

    Hi Tony. I liked the one I bought enough to buy two more! We ended up with a 3D printed product that we sell, and are also getting in to printing custom packaging for some of our more delicate...
  23. Offsets>Page up/down

    Offsets>Page up/down
  24. For those asking about stripping and re...

    For those asking about stripping and re anodizing, my experience is parts will come back .0004" or so smaller, and much less shiny.

    Re-plate on left

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  25. The answer to all of your questions is "no". We...

    The answer to all of your questions is "no". We cut the blanks out of several bars of Kaiser round bar, all 6061, all machined in the same batch on the same machine with the same..... well,...
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