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  1. I'm curious what aspects of having an employee...

    I'm curious what aspects of having an employee you feel took the fun out?

    I have had a similar experience this year. I hired a guy (who is great, does good work and who I get along with well) but...
  2. In my experience 'tumbling' and 'vibratory...

    In my experience 'tumbling' and 'vibratory finishing' are terms that seem to be used mostly interchangeably. I agree it can cause some confusion if you've seen the 'rock tumbler' style machines that...
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    One thing that might be really useful in this...

    One thing that might be really useful in this situation is the 'Google translate' app on your phone. The new versions of that app have a 'live text translation' mode where you point your phone camera...
  4. Ferric Chloride won't usually touch...

    Ferric Chloride won't usually touch fibreglass/epoxy, but not sure about what would happen if the shroud was laid up using a different type of resin... Likely all the grinder dust is held in place by...
  5. Good to hear you've got the safety side figured...

    Good to hear you've got the safety side figured out! And yes keeping abrasives away from the CNCs is definitely a good idea!

    Things to think about when buying a blast cabinet:
    - Don't go cheap on...
  6. I have been in the same situation, and will be...

    I have been in the same situation, and will be putting myself back into that situation next year as a 'solo shop' guy. For me I found that establishing a community around my shop is vital. Finding...
  7. DO NOT use crushed glass or sand as media,...

    DO NOT use crushed glass or sand as media, especially not without a blasting cabinet. The silica produced will kill you eventually. Blasting creates a lot of very fine dust and should be done...
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    I agree it speaks to an unprofessional...

    I agree it speaks to an unprofessional attitude... I had a rep do that recently when looking into SLS 3D printing services. Spent quite a bit of time trash talking the competition. Competition that I...
  9. That is $12.50 per sq ft per year. And that is a...

    That is $12.50 per sq ft per year. And that is a pretty good rate around here! The smaller shop I'm moving to next year is closer to downtown and as such the rates are significantly higher. Like $25...
  10. I have two riggers that I have worked with...

    I have two riggers that I have worked with before, one is a larger outfit which quoted $3k for the move (3 guys and 9 hours they reckon) and one is a one man show who is much less expensive but also...
  11. My shop right now is 2,500 sq ft. I got a space...

    My shop right now is 2,500 sq ft. I got a space bigger than I'd need and figured I'd expand into it, but I honestly haven't needed to. It's in Scarborough. Far enough away from my apartment that it...
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    Hey Dan! Is there any possibility to enlarge the...

    Hey Dan!
    Is there any possibility to enlarge the door? A VF1 is $10K cheaper than a DM1 so that leaves a fair bit of money to spend on changing the doorway :D :D If you have the option to do this it...
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    Sorry mate, I love a good DIY CNC machine as much...

    Sorry mate, I love a good DIY CNC machine as much as anyone, but this is the wrong forum for them. Homebrew hobby grade machines are specifically against the forum rules here. You'll have much better...
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    Will it though? OP said the machine will be 'very...

    Will it though? OP said the machine will be 'very gently used' after 7 years, which doesn't make it sound like he's running production and low volume work doesn't sound like the sweet spot for either...
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    If it's just oil varnish use a degreaser (like...

    If it's just oil varnish use a degreaser (like 'greeze off') and some of the *blue* scotchrbite pads as they have no abrasive in them. Try not to get the degreaser on the paint... I haven't had any...
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    I would check the voltages going into the...

    I would check the voltages going into the contactor to make sure they are ok. Also check the resistance through the various poles of the contactor (with power disconnected obviously!) to verify that...
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    I would recommend choosing an area of the part...

    I would recommend choosing an area of the part that is relatively unimportant, doing 3 hardness tests in that area with the part 'as-is', then giving that same area a really good scrub (like at least...
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    I actually just got them at Home Depot, if memory...

    I actually just got them at Home Depot, if memory serves me they were Philips 'Alto' bulbs. They might have been 6500K (daylight) rather than the 5600K I said above! I will have to double check on...
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    For clarification: CRI (Color Rendering...

    For clarification:

    CRI (Color Rendering Index) is a measure of how faithfully the light shows various colors compared to how they look under sunlight. Lots of LED bulbs emit light only in very...
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    Also I STRONGLY recommend buying a bunch of...

    Also I STRONGLY recommend buying a bunch of different colors of electrical tape and color coding the motor connections before you undo everything, that makes it much easier to safely connect...
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    Bummer, it's a bit of a pain to get the spindle...

    Bummer, it's a bit of a pain to get the spindle motor out but it's not too bad if you do it right... There is a video of a guy doing it 'the hard way' online and honestly he makes it really much...
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    Given the time/investment in the die, the need to...

    Given the time/investment in the die, the need to sit in front of the machine and run it, and the need for post-processing parts it seems like a bad deal to me...

    For $10k or so you could put a...
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    The Mitsubishi Freqrol drives are notorious for...

    The Mitsubishi Freqrol drives are notorious for randomly dying... I would suspect that before I suspected the spindle motor unless you saw/smelt burning coming from the motor, especially without a...
  24. Ah yes I forgot the cardinal rule: 'not all...

    Ah yes I forgot the cardinal rule: 'not all machines are my machine' :D In my VMC15s the input to the servo drives is 120V single phase, but it makes sense that the larger machines wouldn't be.
  25. Yes, the drives are powered from 110v. But the...

    Yes, the drives are powered from 110v. But the spindle drive isn't, likely there are other things that wouldn't be powered up correctly if you try to inject power elsewhere...

    I *really* wouldn't...
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