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    last section could be solid to save cost. 500...

    last section could be solid to save cost. 500 sticks or 500 assemblies? Form and fabricate tapered tubes and they will "lock" when extended. Why AL? Steel is real. 16"? that with 3 sections is...
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    forge it into a d20 shape before machining it. ...

    forge it into a d20 shape before machining it. You will not waste nearly as much material- and you get a bigger die than material is! (Roughly a 5 3/4 in d20 from a 5" piece of stock). Spend some...
  3. Place aluminum flats or angles around your...

    Place aluminum flats or angles around your welding area to dissipate the heat. I have slotted in the corner of angle and used that as my welding window. The more you surround the welding area the...
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    is a NURB a b-spline in the g-code world? A path...

    is a NURB a b-spline in the g-code world? A path has no volume, just a curve- so a spline. I think of nurbs as precise solids derived from arcs, splines and lines. I have not seen cam spit out...
  5. 3 years and they couldn't build 100 yards of pipe...

    3 years and they couldn't build 100 yards of pipe across the border? That is with Canadian government giving millions to the project. The southern portion of kxl is rarely open, because, well no...
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    Planet cnc.

    Planet cnc.
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    I want to be able to hit 'save as real' within my...

    I want to be able to hit 'save as real' within my cad program. A dialogue pops up and ask if I want cream in my coffee. Is that to much to ask? No buttons on the machine, that is like work.
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    O commands can be used as conditionals in g-code....

    O commands can be used as conditionals in g-code. Not sure what you mean by not thru pc. Using a pc/c-more/rasberry is an effective solution to hmi. Using the power of it to check syntax and...
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    Not going to happen fast. The ones out of our...

    Not going to happen fast. The ones out of our big sorting facility went to the scrap yard, and decommissioned permanently before leaving usps yard. Those are not cheap off the shelf machines.
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    roloc pad with sandpaper then scotchbright, or...

    roloc pad with sandpaper then scotchbright, or cratex wheels. Then quick pass on buffing wheel.
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    Appears valid. Steppers only turn 1/200 of a...

    Appears valid. Steppers only turn 1/200 of a metric or proper rotation per step. You have to know which kind before ordering. A standard lead screw would never work on a metric servo too.
    I set...
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    Planet controls can run off a modified...

    Planet controls can run off a modified python/g-code? You can also run a c or vb program thru an api. Might be a little hobby market for some on this site; I went with them over centroid for my mill...
  13. I see it as a cool but dangerous tool of design. ...

    I see it as a cool but dangerous tool of design. The plasma cutter has done more harm to metal design (art + some extent structural) than most anything else. It is not the lack of what it can do,...
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    Largest single assembly was a cradle/crate for a...

    Largest single assembly was a cradle/crate for a nuclear core. The customer came in to flip the small sections for welding, and loading on their fancy trailer- which I worked on too. Tons and...
  15. the 2.5 % is for saving you the hassle of...

    the 2.5 % is for saving you the hassle of wondering if you are getting the change order payment. You say thank you.
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    ours is a standard 3 spindle machine, one on each...

    ours is a standard 3 spindle machine, one on each flange and a web unit. Ours is also pre tool changer days, they were designing the changer when we got ours, honestly not sure if it would have paid...
  17. joy stick runs a cam on two micro switches, one...

    joy stick runs a cam on two micro switches, one pot.310997310998
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    I never thought about the layers, I just figured...

    I never thought about the layers, I just figured it was because Al transmits shock (al road bikes are notorious for this) and different thermal expansion than steel. mostly compression only fitting...
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    The couplings can not stand movement. buildings...

    The couplings can not stand movement. buildings move in the wind. Our lines are 30-40' up on the 2 bays, 20 and 30 feet up on the next two. Our paint bay is varied. wind alone moves the coupling...
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    complex mathematics was last real math class I...

    complex mathematics was last real math class I took. Then I took the fun classes, elementary math/number theory was my favorite (how many is some, a few, or over? - yes, these are real numbers and...
  21. you use my forging hammer to nudge that wedge...

    you use my forging hammer to nudge that wedge in.. Blacksmiths are really sensitive about such things.
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    Copper would be the bees knees. Black iron pipe...

    Copper would be the bees knees. Black iron pipe is the standard all others are judged. Our building has some 65 year old iron that leaks and is patches on patches, 30 year old lines are just fine...
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    The flex drill looked good at fabtech. Without...

    The flex drill looked good at fabtech. Without hesitation, Controlled Automation makes really nice drill lines. Ours is 15 yrs (?) old and can not hold .005 anymore, maybe if we went around and...
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    SIU has shell casting in the industrial arts...

    SIU has shell casting in the industrial arts building.... Stainless idk, but you might be able to work on doing it there.
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    I am a fan of the lite bus setup - many small...

    I am a fan of the lite bus setup - many small computers controlling semi discrete systems. Our drill and angle line run with win ce boards for every punch or spindle, another for clamps and hold...
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