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    Who's driving the bus in your shop? This...

    Who's driving the bus in your shop?

    This isn't an automation problem. This is a dysfunctional management problem.

    A competent manager will hold meetings with key people as required, and plan...
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    Low chance of injury, check. Does this...

    Low chance of injury, check.

    Does this product carry some sort of warranty?

    If the warranty is 1 year and this defect causes failure after 18 months, I think you've found your answer.
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    Those are some seriously obscure occupations. I...

    Those are some seriously obscure occupations. I can see why he can't find another job in those fields.

    But in all seriousness, it makes total sense for him to work at a machine shop. CNC...
  4. Hobbyists.

    Hobbyists.
  5. These are hobbyists who can't think outside the...

    These are hobbyists who can't think outside the hobbyist sphere. It's easy to sell something when the bar is set real low.

    This guy's talking about toolholders being purchased off Ali Express FFS.
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    Oh, and also, if you're not making anything...

    Oh, and also, if you're not making anything yourself and just importing all the crap from China, the machine no longer has any relevance to Practical Machinist. Time to lock the thread.
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    Sell 10 machines before you attempt Kickstarter....

    Sell 10 machines before you attempt Kickstarter.

    There WILL be surprises.
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    They still wouldn't get it even if they fully...

    They still wouldn't get it even if they fully understood the cost of the equipment. The fundamental problem is that they don't value other people's time.



    He grossly undervalued a machine...
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    Throwing money towards obsolete tooling or...

    Throwing money towards obsolete tooling or machinery is rarely a good idea.

    AXA? How small is this machine?
  10. Thread: What is it?

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    That's a very valuable fitting for the Douglas...

    That's a very valuable fitting for the Douglas DC-3. Probably worth $10K a piece.

    I have about 100 of them that I'm willing to sell you for $1K a piece. You could be a millionaire overnight.
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    Boys Gone Wild: Machine Shop Edition

    Boys Gone Wild: Machine Shop Edition
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    At that diameter, and at that 20:1 L to D ratio,...

    At that diameter, and at that 20:1 L to D ratio, parting off requires subspindle support and excellent concentricity on both the main and the sub, i.e. collet chucks.

    What does your current...
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    Their website says +/- 0.002" repeatability on X,...

    Their website says +/- 0.002" repeatability on X, Y, and Z at 0% load.

    I seriously doubt you'll be able to make model engines on this thing. Folks are able to make model engines on a budget by...
  14. How much time are you looking to save? Using...

    How much time are you looking to save? Using separate tools, done correctly on a fast machine, this is ballpark a 1 minute operation. Maybe 2 minutes to get really nice finishes and fully chamfered...
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    Definitely very similar. The base machine...

    Definitely very similar.

    The base machine won't sell for double the dealer's cost, but fully loaded with options, for sure. Machine tool dealers love to sell overpriced software, coolant, and...
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    Regardless of what they say in their mission...

    Regardless of what they say in their mission statement, the real point of Kickstarter is to force potential customers to put their money where their mouth is, rather than give empty promises.
    ...
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    PM is a gigantic community with no consensus on...

    PM is a gigantic community with no consensus on these types of things.

    Those of us who have been in business for decades know that $6K is too low. There are way too many parts and way too much...
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    Mitutoyo Micrometer Parts/Repair

    The + battery terminal prong/clip somehow snapped in one of my Mitutoyo digital mics. Not sure how, as it's not a wear item.

    It was easy enough to remove it, but where do I get replacement parts? ...
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    This point was brought up in the original thread....

    This point was brought up in the original thread.

    The meat of the discussion has nothing to do with the product being made. He used Kickstarter to fund a manufacturing project. That product could...
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    With the exception of Haas VMCs, CNC machines are...

    With the exception of Haas VMCs, CNC machines are just like cars in that their values plummet the second you take possession. So unless GD put down 40%, he's underwater, and I've never heard of gap...
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    Hang on a minute. According to your...

    Hang on a minute.

    According to your Kickstarter Campaign:



    So these machines weigh about 450 lbs. Let's be generous and call it it 600 lbs of raw aluminum barstock before machining. At 60...
  22. If your shop is willing to set aside a budget for...

    If your shop is willing to set aside a budget for full-on Capto (not just one or two), then that's the way I'd go.

    Complex subspindle lathe setups are not just about making sure the correct tools...
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    That is exactly it. "Hate to say I told you...

    That is exactly it.

    "Hate to say I told you so, but... I told you so."
    ...
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    His R-plane is fine, right down there by the...

    His R-plane is fine, right down there by the work. It's his clearance plane that's an inch above that. If he "fixed" that by changing the initial Z height before the G81/G83, he would save tens of...
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    Not gonna happen in our lifetimes. Robot...

    Not gonna happen in our lifetimes.

    Robot makers, futurists, and all-around dreamers would love to tell you that AI will make them capable of that in 5-10 years, but that's what they said 5-10...
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