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  1. Wobble broaching isn't an option. "All" I'm doing...

    Wobble broaching isn't an option. "All" I'm doing with the broach is picking out some corners of a pocket. Needs to have .06" internal radii, but it's 2.6" deep. Aluminum, through pocket. EDM is an...
  2. Ha, I think I was looking at that exact unit on...

    Ha, I think I was looking at that exact unit on eBay! Grats on the purchase, looks like it will serve you well. I'm several months away from adding another machine, too many irons in the fire
  3. Nope, they're not. I don't care if I toast the...

    Nope, they're not. I don't care if I toast the spindle, honestly. Sounds brutal, but there you have it. It's going to be cheaper (by far) than getting a pull-broach machine and having a broach made....
  4. Oh, believe me, aside from a reamer for a deep...

    Oh, believe me, aside from a reamer for a deep tight tolerance hole, I'm making as much use of my ATC as possible, there is literally nothing more to be condensed.


    @Garwood; not looking for a...
  5. Valid observation and question. One other aspect...

    Valid observation and question. One other aspect I failed to mention; the job is using ALL of my 30 pockets, no room for more tools, and I can only possibly condense the operations of one of the...
  6. Chips getting into my toolchanger; solutions?

    Doing some aggressive milling of aluminum, long running production job. There are pockets in the part, and the way the high pressure coolant hits some of them, it sends chips right up into the...
  7. What I find particularly amusing..... My first...

    What I find particularly amusing.....
    My first CNC was an '82 Matsuura MC-500. Compact machine, leaked fluids constantly, no enclosure or chip management. I had to sell it due to lack of space (900...
  8. The broach(es) are about 3/4" in size, used for...

    The broach(es) are about 3/4" in size, used for making .06" rads down the inside corner of a 2.6" deep pocket in aluminum. Repair parts are still available for the VMC-15? The last thing I need is...
  9. CNC mill with mechanical spindle orient?

    Might be in the market for a SMALL mill, but it needs to have mechanical spindle orient, not held by motor and belt. Why, you ask? I need to do a whole lot of in-machine broaching, but I really don't...
  10. To close the loop on this discussion; I found...

    To close the loop on this discussion; I found that drilling the pilot just slightly under (.094) and finishing up with the .098" Titex resulted in a beautiful hole, all the way to the bottom. I'd...
  11. No, I didn't think "one shot" with a HSS...

    No, I didn't think "one shot" with a HSS parabolic was ever a good idea ;)
    VMC, Mori Duravertical 5100, high pressure coolant (flowing around collet)
  12. @Atex; HSS drill, no peck, one shot, 1.125...

    @Atex; HSS drill, no peck, one shot, 1.125 deep....:skep:
  13. At only 1.125" deep, should I just skip the pilot...

    At only 1.125" deep, should I just skip the pilot drill? The pilot measures .098/.099 (hole size)
  14. Edited original post to give info about coolant

    Edited original post to give info about coolant
  15. Small diameter, deep hole drilling in aluminum...issues.

    I'm working on a project, mat'l is 6061-T6. Hole diameter is .098"+.003/-0. Depth is only 1.125". I approached the job in what I thought was a safe manner; stub screw machine Titex parabolic to drill...
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    That doesn't do anything to answer my question. I...

    That doesn't do anything to answer my question. I need a thread gage to make these parts. Plater tells me it's .0005" buildup on a surface (+/-.0002). I go to two thread gage manufactures and give...
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    Thread gages. This is a question about the proper...

    Thread gages. This is a question about the proper dimensions for plug thread gages used to check an internal thread that's been hardcoat anodized. I spoke to the plater and he passed the buck off to...
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    Thread gages and Hardcoat Anodize

    So I need to source some gages for an upcoming job. The customer requirements state a .001" type 3 hardcoat, no masking. So, I sent off the thread sizes and that plate spec to a couple thread gage...
  19. Oh, I know it's cheesy, I have little intention...

    Oh, I know it's cheesy, I have little intention of going the Tormach route. I've talked to a few people and they're like...."it's not a good fit for your shop".
    Yep, cantilevered racks are a must....
  20. Compact semi-auto horizontal bandsaw?

    I'm currently in a 930 sq/ft shop with 2 VMC's (Mori and Kitamura), a twin spindle lathe (Lynx), 2 CMM's, surface plate and optical comparator, along with deburring benches and shelving. It's tight,...
  21. As a Fusion fanboi, if I had to move packages it...

    As a Fusion fanboi, if I had to move packages it would likely be to Esprit as well. Their multi-channel is top-notch, without a doubt
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    Thanks for all the info guys, this is reassuring...

    Thanks for all the info guys, this is reassuring to see!
    So it's four parts mounted on a dovetail fixture, one every 90 degrees around the A axis. It's maxing out the rotary clearance of 160mm...
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    I should clarify; ridgitiy IS an issue, I need to...

    I should clarify; ridgitiy IS an issue, I need to machine on the side of the part when it's tipped at A90, but I've got the next part sticking straight up (dovetail work)
    Material is just 6061, but...
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    Extra Length CAT-40 holders?

    I've got a project coming up that's going to need tool holders in the 6" extension range. Material is aluminum, radial clearance is generous. In all my years of machining, I've never had to contend...
  25. The Manufacturing Extension currently offers very...

    The Manufacturing Extension currently offers very little that would benefit a 4 axis single turret mill-turn. Steep and Shallow: mold work/heavy 3d milling. Toolpath Trim: eliminate patch surfaces...
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