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  1. We have Bott/Kennedy and Stor - Loc. Both are...

    We have Bott/Kennedy and Stor - Loc. Both are great, I thing the Stor - Loc was less expensive and more flexible with drawer combinations.
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    I would consider the proximity of applications...

    I would consider the proximity of applications and training support from your distributor as a factor. Any of the choices except ONA (don't know much about them) will do what you need. Not sure how...
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    I always assumed they were just centerless ground.

    I always assumed they were just centerless ground.
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    Don't know where you are in North Carolina, but...

    Don't know where you are in North Carolina, but Monarch Group in Kernersville get a lot of my business. Great pricing compared to McMaster.
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    You should be safe for months with new batteries....

    You should be safe for months with new batteries. Be aware there may be more than one battery per machine.
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    We make a lot of circular print dies and use...

    We make a lot of circular print dies and use graphite exclusively. Depending on the level of detail (we use .005" diameter 10 or 20 degree engraving tools) and are milling .025 deep and burning .020"...
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    11 years old, you may not get much response.

    11 years old, you may not get much response.
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    In plastic, heat is your enemy. I have used 6"...

    In plastic, heat is your enemy. I have used 6" diameter slitting saws with R8, 3/16? wide. A spray mist helps. Better to have a key way with all the slop taken out of it and a direct (not climb) cut.
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    Thanks. I have some of your stuff in the shop too.

    Thanks. I have some of your stuff in the shop too.
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    I would love to hear how you re grooved your...

    I would love to hear how you re grooved your wedges. What shape was your turning tool,narrow finger that went in the groove or V shaped that scored the edges?
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    35 years ago I was 30 years old and was an...

    35 years ago I was 30 years old and was an experienced toolmaker, had $20k in cash savings. Bought new Alliant mill, used Cincinnati lathe, new Harig grinder, and put them in the basement on a...
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    I would be up front with them and say something...

    I would be up front with them and say something like, "I don't mind subcontracting to you under the original conditions, but I'm not interested in having to justify all my decisions, I don't need the...
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    Does the same apply for polycarbonate? Is it made...

    Does the same apply for polycarbonate? Is it made in cast and extruded?
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    We have a whole shelf full of fixtures we have...

    We have a whole shelf full of fixtures we have made over the years. Even made some vises fashioned after 3R when times were slow. If you are going keep it and use it , make it from 440C stainless,...
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    I have 5 seats of Mastercam 2018 mill, mill 3d,...

    I have 5 seats of Mastercam 2018 mill, mill 3d, lathe multi axis multi spindle, and wire EDM. I got all my guys trained [10 employees] and after 1 year didn't buy the maintenance any more. It does...
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    How are you aligning the reader head to the...

    How are you aligning the reader head to the scale? Are there temporary brackets for installation? All the glass scales I have installed (dozens) have had alignment brackets to put the reader head...
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    Machining acrylic, cast versus extruded

    We machine some covers for assemblies we make out of 3/16 thick acrylic. The last batch we made machined like a dream. I'm trying to figure out if the YG-1 cutter (hi polish made for aluminium) made...
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    Put out the fire? Couldn't resist.

    Put out the fire? Couldn't resist.
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    Tough call with a 1 man shop. I have always...

    Tough call with a 1 man shop. I have always judged the need for new equipment on how long my lead times were or how much I was subbing out. If either was excessive and I couldn't solve it with...
  20. We make custom tooling and gages for medical,...

    We make custom tooling and gages for medical, defense, communications, nuclear, and very small amount of automotive. Really busy and hiring. Shops I know of in the area are busy except those...
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    Water jet tolerances 5 inches thick

    I'm quoting some parts that that are shaped like a boomerang 5" thick from 6061 T-6. They will have to be machined all over afterward, but I'm thinking of having the blanks cut by water jet...
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    What machines better HDPE or UHMW?

    My customer says either will work for this application, basically just a cradle to hold a part for assembly, but it has a tremendous amount of milling on it. I've machined UHMW but don't think I...
  23. Experience is going to be the way to cut set up...

    Experience is going to be the way to cut set up time. Document what you are doing, set up sheets, pictures, notes in the program will all pay off. Even if it's not the same repeat job, simillar...
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    We ended up making a fixture (in the wire) to...

    We ended up making a fixture (in the wire) to hold the OD, wire the ID, then put in a sacrificial pin and wire though one side of the tube, cut and re thread 180 degrees and wire the second side...
  25. Some of the first thing I worked on , first year...

    Some of the first thing I worked on , first year of a tool and die apprenticeship in 1972 right after graduating from high school were prototype quadra jet carburetors for Rochester Products to...
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