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    Man, what a whirlwind. We delivered 7000 parts...

    Man, what a whirlwind. We delivered 7000 parts last Tuesday (minus marking, for reasons that I'll probably get into later but don't really want to type out right now), and I'm no longer employed as a...
  2. I usually drop the RPMs when helical ramping to...

    I usually drop the RPMs when helical ramping to up the chipload. 4K RPM seems to be the happy zone for a 1/4" standard lg EM on my machine at a ~3deg ramp, but it feels like it could definitely be...
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    Hoooo boy, this rollercoaster just doesn't stop. ...

    Hoooo boy, this rollercoaster just doesn't stop.

    The shop I contract for was originally going to have us handle a 10k pc job that's two countersunk holes in some steel plates with wide open...
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    Hey, YOU try getting a mirror finish with...

    Hey, YOU try getting a mirror finish with whatever worn out tools you can find in a drawer, I'm lucky we even had a 1/4" ballnose!

    Besides, there's only so much work I'm willing to put in as a...
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    Oh, I'm not expecting everything to work out...

    Oh, I'm not expecting everything to work out perfectly, and if we wind up paying rent sometimes, that's still fine with me. We're hoping for an arrangement where there's a fixed monthly value that we...
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    Hey, I like both. Problem is, you can't really...

    Hey, I like both. Problem is, you can't really run around and shoot your friends with one of those (at least not more than once) and they usually don't appreciate it too much...

    Anyway, I lost a...
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    Some tentatively good news after the shitshow of...

    Some tentatively good news after the shitshow of last week!

    Lance, the owner of the cabinetry/furniture company that previously rented space on the floor directly below us, has a few buildings in...
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    Most of the business can't be. The Nerf parts...

    Most of the business can't be. The Nerf parts aren't our main work, I just can't show the stuff that actually makes us money because of incredibly strict blanket NDAs, but I'll ask if I can show some...
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    I like that a LOT. Just bought the book on...

    I like that a LOT. Just bought the book on Amazon, thanks for the recommendation.

    That actually fits along the lines of some of what I was taught in my design program and conveniently forgot...
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    Prior to 15 minutes after I made the original...

    Prior to 15 minutes after I made the original post when I found out our landlord sold our building and we have 2 months to vacate, this would've been my pitch. Now things are up in the air so I'm...
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    Yeah, we're definitely going to try to negotiate,...

    Yeah, we're definitely going to try to negotiate, eviction is a last resort that nobody wants to deal with. I like the idea about some kind of financial incentive, since that would directly help us...
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    Our lease is up after August. Stickermule...

    Our lease is up after August. Stickermule previously said they wanted to keep tenants and would renew leases, and have now gone back on that and want everyone out. The landlord was dragging his feet...
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    Update on building: So we met shortly after...

    Update on building:

    So we met shortly after this and spent some time calling around to figure out exactly what's going on. Long story short: we don't know, nobody knows, and something's fishy.
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  14. Never worked on die castings specifically, but...

    Never worked on die castings specifically, but the castings I worked on during my time at Sikorsky had tooling points included in the part design. As michiganbuck said, these were first machined to...
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    Fuck. My business partner just called me 5...

    Fuck.

    My business partner just called me 5 minutes ago and said the landlord sold the building out from under us to Stickermule. He told us originally we had first rights of refusal on it, and...
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    Line Cards and Marketing Materials

    So, there's been 50 million threads on here asking "hey I'm a job shop, how do I get work?" and of course, they all have roughly the same answers. Cold calling, knocking on doors, pounding pavement,...
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    I was in a similar boat, but I did well enough in...

    I was in a similar boat, but I did well enough in school that I was never billed a mediocre student, I just didn't really have to try that hard until I hit college. I built all kinds of stuff growing...
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    Anyway, here's more pictures, starting with the...

    Anyway, here's more pictures, starting with the old ones that I dug up.
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    Total floor load is around 3.5 million lbs evenly...

    Total floor load is around 3.5 million lbs evenly distributed (175 psf x ~20k sqft). We have some civil engineer friends and they aren't worried at all about larger machines up there. Apparently...
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    Don't worry, I'm not here to get political, I...

    Don't worry, I'm not here to get political, I just wanna explain the way we do things and how it works for us. Also gonna try to convince Isaiah to make an account eventually so he can explain the...
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    I used to be a Haas guy, actually - I learned on...

    I used to be a Haas guy, actually - I learned on them in high school, starting with the '08 generation machines and have used every major revision of the control between '01 and NGC. My NGC Super...
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    260386 Here's those parts in their assemblies. ...

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    Here's those parts in their assemblies.

    Anyway, the Grizzly sucked at a lot of things, snapped the Z axis ballscrew in a drilling cycle one time, and was generally a miserable experience....
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    The Factory Amsterdam

    Ran out of work at my other job and it's a slow day in general so I might as well get my shop photo thread going.

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    I guess I'll start by introducing myself and my co-founders - I'm Brad...
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    By the time you option out a Haas enough to make...

    By the time you option out a Haas enough to make it even remotely competitive with most of the Japanese offerings, you'll end up spending the same or more. A VF2SSYT with most of the options (4th...
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    Guhring has a new line of replaceable tip drills...

    Guhring has a new line of replaceable tip drills that includes a series of inserts with tip profiles like that. They're intended for structural steel work. The pilot on the tip apparently helps in...
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