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  1. Venom wouldn't be on that list as he has a BT40....

    Venom wouldn't be on that list as he has a BT40. The control is crashy and slapdash. Support is very spotty. Cut dynamics leave a lot to be desired. Generally mediocre.

    It isn't that Kitamuras are...
  2. CAMPlete or Vericut?

    CAMPlete or Vericut?
  3. WTF? I know your parts enough to say that...

    WTF? I know your parts enough to say that something about that sounds hinky... I'm a bit shocked that that number is so low.
  4. Ok, so normally - answering this question would...

    Ok, so normally - answering this question would really be a matter that we would settle in a spreadsheet, by performing a detailed takt time analysis between the two paths. It would actually be quite...
  5. Everyone thinks the Kitamura BT30 Horizontal is a...

    Everyone thinks the Kitamura BT30 Horizontal is a sweet piece of kit... except for the 2 shops I know who actually own them.
  6. I think you need to reconsider the Flex 2 cell. ...

    I think you need to reconsider the Flex 2 cell.

    The problems of robots are well documented and have lots of solutions. On our automation setups, we have fixed air lines on a solenoid valve that...
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    Shipping Container for Utilities

    Looking to move out of Portland for what are obvious reasons, and combining my house and shop onto a single piece of property.

    What I was thinking of doing was installing the compressor and...
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    I would start by breaking that up into a couple...

    I would start by breaking that up into a couple of different tool paths. The top 45 degree angle surfaces and radii grooves with a horizontal, the angled walls with a Z level, and the bottom channel...
  9. The WORST kind, the ones who talk too much.

    The WORST kind, the ones who talk too much.
  10. There is a reason 2g acceleration is the biggest,...

    There is a reason 2g acceleration is the biggest, boldest headline on the front cover of the brochure. Right next to “1.3sec Chip-to-Chip.”
  11. - The control kinda sucks. Mitsubishi was always...

    - The control kinda sucks. Mitsubishi was always sorta "meh" and never set the world on fire. Arumatik is Kitamura's name for their overlay/UI and, as everyone knows, the control the company name...
  12. There is a reason 7 out of the 10 shops I know...

    There is a reason 7 out of the 10 shops I know with Kitamuras have one... and then never buy a second.
  13. Swift Carb doesn't give anything away, so I...

    Swift Carb doesn't give anything away, so I categorize them as one of those suppliers I turn to if my normal 3 flute stuff just can't produce the results I need. I'm not the Apple ID lab, so I...
  14. Give SwiftCarb a try- they have the AF series of...

    Give SwiftCarb a try- they have the AF series of 5 flute aluminum finishers in larger diameters.
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    You sell the Royal? I'll buy it from you!

    You sell the Royal? I'll buy it from you!
  16. Dual Contact. We actually went with the...

    Dual Contact.

    We actually went with the Diamondback in an attempt to rough/finish with one tool. The original part finish spec was a heavy bead blast, so we thought we could save a cycle and...
  17. Who the hell is doing that? Got a link? The...

    Who the hell is doing that? Got a link?

    The most aggressive cut I've ever done in a Speedio is on a critical cycle high volume job. 0.625" Destiny Diamondback, custom ground for the exact LOC, in...
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    Anyone have experience with that Royal...

    Anyone have experience with that Royal Puller/Part Off tool combo?

    Starting the lathe shopping, and everyone has solid deals on pretty basic machines (the Tsugami M08J-II, Genos L250, Takasawa...
  19. I might swap out the holder. Frank's gear is an...

    I might swap out the holder. Frank's gear is an amazing value that provides a lot of bang for the buck and is great for 95% of applications. Having said that, there are some applications where you'll...
  20. Vancbker is 100% correct - unless you can be sure...

    Vancbker is 100% correct - unless you can be sure the machine was used in a prototype environment, or in a dude's garage for futzing around, or was on a Really Big Co project that never activated?...
  21. Good: - Speed. BT30 machines are fast because...

    Good:

    - Speed. BT30 machines are fast because the tool holder is half the size, so the spindle is half the size. The Z axis can accelerate faster, the spindle can accelerate faster. There is a...
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    You can run straight oil instead of coolant if...

    You can run straight oil instead of coolant if you want!

    I've seen a set of Robodrills set up to do that. They were having problems tapping 4-40 holes that had been pre-cast (MIM) in 17-4...
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    McMaster 51625K35 is the thin filter fabric of...

    McMaster 51625K35 is the thin filter fabric of choice for a few of us. Just lay it over the mesh and it makes cleanup easier and helps keep the tank clean.

    I have also seen folks use it with a...
  24. NX is a giant box of extremely powerful tools,...

    NX is a giant box of extremely powerful tools, which is why it is such a good CAD and CAM system. There are base level functions that provide an extraordinary amount of capability, but it is on the...
  25. For 3+1 work? Probably not. Unless you are doing...

    For 3+1 work? Probably not. Unless you are doing a high mix of complex parts that you spend 1000 hours a year programming. Even then, the payoff would start after year 1 because the learning...
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