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  1. Thanks for your insight, Luke. This thread...

    Thanks for your insight, Luke. This thread doesn't seem to be grabbing much attention so I really do appreciate it.

    As for compressed air, I actually meant just cleaning out the guides after...
  2. What does the end of the wire look like on your...

    What does the end of the wire look like on your machine after automatic cut/trim? I'm trying to figure out whether this curve I have is normal or not.
  3. Forgive my ignorance, but why is it important...

    Forgive my ignorance, but why is it important that it be hardened?
  4. I am fortunate to have three fairly decent...

    I am fortunate to have three fairly decent manuals. There's a classroom training book with examples and tips, a big fat maintenance manual that's a little cryptic but infinitely better than nothing,...
  5. Commissioning Used Brother HS-50A (5-axis)

    I have been tasked with attempting to make this wire EDM machine into a useful piece of equipment. Everything seems functional for the most part, and I was able to cut a small "wrench shape" from...
  6. Ok, apparently I'm using the BASE-base model. :(

    Ok, apparently I'm using the BASE-base model. :(
  7. Indeed. However, I think there are a bunch of...

    Indeed. However, I think there are a bunch of options that were available on these machines. Sounds like you and I are trying to use the base model. I suppose a VFD could be added, but that sounds...
  8. This is good to know, but would this not slow...

    This is good to know, but would this not slow down the feed for lines and arcs too? At the speed I'd like the rapids reduced to, the rest of the program would be painfully slow. It also takes...
  9. Additionally, something I learned just now is...

    Additionally, something I learned just now is that the program being displayed is actually the file "G99.txt". This seems to be generated only when loading a program. If you delete it then try the...
  10. Showing/Displaying G-code from conversational

    I wanted to share this tidbit for Bridgeport-Romi EZ-Path lathes for a few reasons. It's incredibly useful to see the g-code this machine generates from the conversational input. I have yet to...
  11. If you give me a lathe or mill, some duct tape...

    If you give me a lathe or mill, some duct tape and a rotary tool I'll get it flat enough you can't tell otherwise. Of course, you could make up a proper clamp and call it a toolpost grinder or a...
  12. What, you have a problem doing what many of my...

    What, you have a problem doing what many of my former colleagues have done? Just press the green button and walk away.

    Who cares if the drill tries to rapid right through the part. It'll stop...
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    There was a video I saw a while ago where a guy...

    There was a video I saw a while ago where a guy surgically implanted (DIY) a small neodymium magnet just under his skin. It didn't work out well in the end and became infected.

    I think patents...
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    Why delete? Got scared after reading some other...

    Why delete? Got scared after reading some other posts here? Can't blame you...

    But yeah, I'd like to see what others do too.

    Years ago, I spent time in a European country. Each guy in the shop...
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    Use your imagination. There are lots of ways to...

    Use your imagination. There are lots of ways to overcome this engineering challenge while still taking advantage of tubing. As was said above, it's hard to tell you exactly how to change it without...
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    If it hasn't already been tried, you can...

    If it hasn't already been tried, you can disconnect and reconnect connectors along with re-seating all peripheral cards, RAM, and processor(s). Static grounding is very important here, so if you...
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    Not that it helps the OP, but I'll take 4140HT...

    Not that it helps the OP, but I'll take 4140HT over 1045 any day. The former is a little harder on tools but much easier to get good finishes. I recall it isn't the best choice for welding though.
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    The first thing I thought when I saw the bolt...

    The first thing I thought when I saw the bolt through the original was "don't use a threaded fastener as a pivot". Your idea solves that very nicely.

    One thing I can add is to consider using a...
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    If it has G50 or some other way to zero or set...

    If it has G50 or some other way to zero or set axis position from within the program, that's the best way I've found so far. You just need to move it to some even multiple of 360 before you do this.
  20. RPM (SFM) should be very slow when using a file....

    RPM (SFM) should be very slow when using a file. I see lots of guys put a file to a 2" part spinning 500+ RPM. Best way to kill a file that I know.
  21. I've never seen someone try to use a four jaw...

    I've never seen someone try to use a four jaw chuck this way. It's no wonder you're struggling to get it centered. Is there a reason you're not holding on the narrow and long dimensions, or stated...
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    Don't do it. ;)

    Don't do it. ;)
  23. Probably the last guy doing the job that "wasn't...

    Probably the last guy doing the job that "wasn't having any problems", WAS, but was too bull-headed to admit it so was compensating by polishing the hell out of it (and taking way too long doing so)....
  24. It's always nice to see the follow-up as well....

    It's always nice to see the follow-up as well. Thanks for that.
  25. I rarely had any trouble with a Sandvik 0.100...

    I rarely had any trouble with a Sandvik 0.100 wide grooving/parting tool. There were a few instances where I had issues and dropping down to the 0.062" wide version helped me out. More than...
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