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    I live in the land of early retirements,...

    I live in the land of early retirements, Microsoft country. A good many of them are wannabe machinists. The recent conversations on a private chat forum have mostly been related to how to help with...
  2. In Seattle we're in Ventec's backyard so maybe we...

    In Seattle we're in Ventec's backyard so maybe we get more info on the GM deal than the rest of the country.

    It urns out there is one critical part on their ventilator that is only made in India. ...
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    The Seattle Times (our daily paper) yesterday...

    The Seattle Times (our daily paper) yesterday reported the Gates Foundation has granted $9 million to University of Washington virology researchers to investigate Chloroquine as a cure. As usual...
  4. Whether he understands or not, GM yesterday...

    Whether he understands or not, GM yesterday stated they've lined up suppliers for some 700 pats needed for the ventilator "assembly".
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    How do you suppose Trump branded hotels and golf...

    How do you suppose Trump branded hotels and golf courses are holding to the virus?
  6. According to news reports things are only going...

    According to news reports things are only going to get much worse for the Texas oil businesses. The Saudis and Russians are dropping prices to destroy the USA's oil.
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    Silva, go for it. And don't be dragged down by...

    Silva, go for it. And don't be dragged down by the naysayers.

    One year of experience is plenty. I started never having worked in a machine shop at all. I was an engineer in the front office of a...
  8. I've shown potential customers samples of the...

    I've shown potential customers samples of the work we did in my shop. Pretty much a similar situation with a guy bringing samples of his work to show me.

    As others have said, I would expect him...
  9. The issue here is that many foreigners come from...

    The issue here is that many foreigners come from areas where aggressive bargaining is the norm. It's a fact of life for them, they bargain for everything.

    Keeping the door locked is about the...
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    This one got me in trouble. Prototyped a tiny...

    This one got me in trouble.

    Prototyped a tiny electrical stand off, 3/16" hex stainless male 4-40 one end, the other 4-40 female. Corners on the hex had little spurs to bite into traces on their...
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    Boeing and Seattle....

    Seattle was a Boeing town for as long as I can remember. If Boeing coughed the greater Seattle area got pneumonia. If what's happening with Boeing right now happened thirty, forty years ago we'd...
  12. Sure, definitely I'd use it. Thanks for the...

    Sure, definitely I'd use it. Thanks for the offer.

    Python/flask...????? I never got beyond programming in Visual Basic. VB was a natural for me being so similar to Fortran and assembler used...
  13. I can't stop thinking about this..... If the...

    I can't stop thinking about this.....

    If the first two pins are the same diameter it makes life easier. I'll probably come up with it tonight.
  14. Looking for smartphone app to determine hole size with 3 gauge pins...

    As the title says, an app to determine an unknown hole size by use of three gauge pins.

    For instance, suppose you have a hole larger than your largest gauge pin. You put two pins in the hole,...
  15. Given that a 2018 Fed survey showed 40 percent of...

    Given that a 2018 Fed survey showed 40 percent of American adults can't cover a $400 emergency having saved $40K puts you ahead of probably 99.99% of the population. How many of the nay-sayers here...
  16. There's a saying in the world of real estate,...

    There's a saying in the world of real estate, "the three most important things are location, location and location". I think that applies to machine shops too. Seattle is a good location for a...
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    "but myself having not been through the small...

    "but myself having not been through the small claims process before I would want to at least do it for the experience."



    Agreed, I did it long ago against a business regarding a retail...
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    After three years from startup my first business...

    After three years from startup my first business was running $moothly. Rules, regulations, licensing, etc were learned along the way. I violated a few to get rolling, nothing real serious,...
  19. Hmmm... thinking about this, what do the points...

    Hmmm... thinking about this, what do the points represent? Are they the edge of the part taking into consideration the diameter of your probe tip or are they the location of the probe tip's center...
  20. Not sure if this will help you.... when I bought...

    Not sure if this will help you.... when I bought the probe for my Centroid M400 there was a program included called Mold Magic. I believe the function of the program was to create a mold or die to...
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    I found a local centerless guy who learned in LA....

    I found a local centerless guy who learned in LA. He always said you had to be really good to make it down there.

    Anyway, my first job with him was a medical part with several concentric...
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    "However I am complete illiterate when it comes...

    "However I am complete illiterate when it comes down to zoning, permits, and license etc."

    Of these issues the zoning could be by far the most important and first thing to verify. If what you...
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    My Unisaw is 1950's vintage. $10 at a local...

    My Unisaw is 1950's vintage. $10 at a local estate sale. It had the old bullet motor with the rare cast iron motor cover, 1 hp wired for 120V. Used it for years....until....

    Those old motors...
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    I'm with Marcus on this. See if the customer...

    I'm with Marcus on this. See if the customer will allow tellurium copper. Then it's not a particularly difficult job.

    My challenge was .020" holes in 3/4" copper for a medical part. Customer...
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    "about 90% of the work would be button pusher or...

    "about 90% of the work would be button pusher or light assembly and boxing ,,, Vary little time is spent in any kinda skilled job ..."

    That certainly sounds like he's describing job duties for a...
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