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    I like the idea of skipping the lathe entirely....

    I like the idea of skipping the lathe entirely. If you have a piece of plate (I guess it'd be sheet at this scale) and a vacuum table with locating pins, you clamp down a 6"x6" piece of plate,...
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    Came to post use circuit board drills, but that's...

    Came to post use circuit board drills, but that's been handled. They're designed for this stuff and you're just about at the upper thickness limit. Shouldn't be a big deal to make two holes.

    My...
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    Acrobat has a Compare Files tool, which will do...

    Acrobat has a Compare Files tool, which will do what you're looking for. Or there are lots of other Diff utilities out there, some online, most free.

    It's galling on their part, but you can...
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    I use ebay from time to time for test equipment...

    I use ebay from time to time for test equipment parts. There it makes sense. You build a product, build the test and production fixtures for it, the product goes obsolete and you sell the fixtures to...
  5. Look, this is the owner forum. If the bigger...

    Look, this is the owner forum. If the bigger companies weren't so dysfunctional there'd be nothing there for us little guys. So what are we complaining about?
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    I have a dual spindle nearly new Y axis lathe...

    I have a dual spindle nearly new Y axis lathe with bar feeder sitting around doing nothing... Not so much one customer as one industry and then when fashions change...

    OTOH I paid cash for it new...
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    I have a couple of my (2016 and under-used)...

    I have a couple of my (2016 and under-used) Brother S500X1s with rotary in the For Sale section of the site but that's smaller travel and fancier than you're probably looking for.

    If you really...
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    Kern makes a pretty small fiber, but .25 aluminum...

    Kern makes a pretty small fiber, but .25 aluminum will be a multi-kilowatt system, which limits how small you can be.

    Reasonable in the case means $200k, correct?
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    Brother Speedio S500X1 16k

    I have six (mostly) matching Brother Speedio S500X1 machines. Four are from 2016 and two are 2015. I got them for doing electronic cigarette cases, and that market has cooled significantly, at least...
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    Fusion and its siblings (HSMworks etc) are fine...

    Fusion and its siblings (HSMworks etc) are fine for 3+1 and 3+2 work, but they're absolute garbage for anything that requires anything simultaneous.

    If everything you're doing is small the Lang...
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    I have an Atlas Copco that sits in a puddle of...

    I have an Atlas Copco that sits in a puddle of its own oil too, but it has 28,000 hours on it and I've never had to replace the air end. Three thermostats, belts, oil, separators and the control...
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    If the point of a kickstarter is to get enough...

    If the point of a kickstarter is to get enough funds to go from prototype to production, and they needed an order of $100k to get all their molds and tooling and designs done and be into serial...
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    Wait, so we're here to crap on swissmak as being...

    Wait, so we're here to crap on swissmak as being to complicated for $6000 while also crapping on snapmaker for being too simple for $800? It's 5 programmable slides plus a crappy routing spindle, a...
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    Engineering techs (2 year degree) on my floor are...

    Engineering techs (2 year degree) on my floor are making between $15 and $25/hour depending on who and what and how just out of school they are. So if they're putting you in that bucket in their...
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    Huh? Nora glues down and is rated for continuous...

    Huh? Nora glues down and is rated for continuous forklift traffic. I can't speak to what you had or how it was installed, but I can't see why polycarbonate would help. Do you have any details? Was...
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    Rubber is very nice if you're looking to drop...

    Rubber is very nice if you're looking to drop serious money. https://www.nora.com/united-states/en/market-segments/industry
  17. Survivor bias. The ones that weren't as derided...

    Survivor bias. The ones that weren't as derided as "pot metal toys" not worthy of discussion here, much less still taking up space in a working shop. Same reason old TV was better or foreign films...
  18. Carbide is so cheap and so much better that you...

    Carbide is so cheap and so much better that you can't make a plain headstock lathe and expect it to be useful professionally.

    Bearings got cheaper, motors got cheaper, electronics got cheaper....
  19. I use half inch body shoulder screws by the...

    I use half inch body shoulder screws by the bucketload. You drill and through bore for one side, put a small pocket at the shoulder diameter on the other side, then drill the rest of the way though...
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    DFM is Design for Manufacture in my world....

    DFM is Design for Manufacture in my world. Between the proof of concept and production there's a lot of work in making sure your part is producable, your tolerance stack up stays within expectations,...
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    Patents are a rich man's game. It costs more than...

    Patents are a rich man's game. It costs more than a million dollars and years to prosecute one case. Then you have to collect. If you sue the knockoff in China they won't show up, worst case they...
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    Most of my slitting saw woes over the years have...

    Most of my slitting saw woes over the years have been due to lousy arbors in one way or another. Life got a lot better when I switched to integrated slitting saw holders rather than an arbor held in...
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    Kickstarter is a truly bad platform for...

    Kickstarter is a truly bad platform for technological development, and failures should be expected to be the norm. It fixes your revenue and costs before you've done the development, which is...
  24. Maybe Overalls?

    Maybe Overalls?
  25. Why not not just use lead free solder? The rest...

    Why not not just use lead free solder? The rest of the planet has been since 2006.
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