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  1. I don't see why it wouldn't. If it's just a few,...

    I don't see why it wouldn't. If it's just a few, you could do it with a trim router if you don't have an appropriate-sized router table. We do this a lot on polyethylene, which is softer, but we're...
  2. One of my favorites is automatically changing...

    One of my favorites is automatically changing tools based on number of inches drilled, as well as tool changes based on measuring change in feature sizes using in-process gaging.
  3. I like the version that pages an operator when it...

    I like the version that pages an operator when it needs one.
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    cutoff and threading tool selection

    I'm tooling up a lathe (flat-bed, CNC, 8" chuck) and need to select a cutoff tool and threading tool.

    I'll start off by saying that I'm a mediocre machinist (though a good engineer). I don't do...
  5. Just apply, it's their way of putting you in...

    Just apply, it's their way of putting you in their computer system.
  6. Not for most work

    Not for most work
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    Thanks everyone for the advice. We finished these...

    Thanks everyone for the advice. We finished these parts up today.
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    The ones where the top and sides retract are...

    The ones where the top and sides retract are really nice. Then you can load/unload with a crane. Like these: Retractable Tarp Systems - LCS Canada
  9. Talk to your local PTAC. They're DoD-funded (i.e....

    Talk to your local PTAC. They're DoD-funded (i.e. free to you) and their entire job is to help small businesses with government contracting. They'll help you get set up with SAM, JCP, etc.. Mine has...
  10. If that doesn't work out, Misumi sells some small...

    If that doesn't work out, Misumi sells some small chucks, but they won't be as good a deal as Milland is offering.
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    I ended up editing this by hand to flip things...

    I ended up editing this by hand to flip things around and the hole worked beautifully. Now I just need to figure out how to fix my post.
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    guided deep drilling with peck

    I need to deep drill a hole. The guidance from Guhring is to drill 1.5D with a stub drill. Then enter the hole with the long drill at 200 rpm, 1/2 feed until I reach 1D. Then speed up to 180sfm and...
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    Can you load the granite into a pickup? I'd be...

    Can you load the granite into a pickup?

    I'd be interested in the 36" square one, but I don't think I'll be down your way until the week after next.
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    I'm only doing two of them. Unfortunately though,...

    I'm only doing two of them. Unfortunately though, this hole is drilled fairly late in the process, so if the hole is bad, a lot of work is wasted. So I don't really care how long it takes to drill...
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    I should add, it's a Prototrak FHM7 bed mill. 40...

    I should add, it's a Prototrak FHM7 bed mill. 40 taper, 5k rpm
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    3/8 hole ~9D deep in 6061

    I need a thru hole in 6061, about 3.25" deep, to be .378 -0/+.003 after anodizing. My anodizer says I'll have about .0006 per side, half of that being buildup, so I was going to go for a .3795 hole...
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    Also, depending on the brand of hearing aid you...

    Also, depending on the brand of hearing aid you get, you may want custom inserts. Try out the default ones for a few weeks and see what you think. On her Costco pair, my wife went with customs. They...
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    I don't wear hearing aids, but my wife does and...

    I don't wear hearing aids, but my wife does and power plants probably have similar sound issues as machine shops.

    When she got her first set, we did the whole audiologist route, but ended up going...
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    Also handy around plasma tables. They also make...

    Also handy around plasma tables. They also make flip-up glasses. Let's you flip the shaded part up when you're programming, then flip it down when you have to check on the machine.
  20. They are handy in a small shop; they turn on a...

    They are handy in a small shop; they turn on a dime. I'm getting rid of mine now that I moved to a larger space, but it's on the wrong coast for you.
  21. Our walls are gray to about 4' up and then white...

    Our walls are gray to about 4' up and then white above it. It works well. The gray hides dirt and scuff marks well, and the white is very reflective.
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    integrated vs. stick tools w/ Aloris QCTP

    I'm starting to tool up a lathe with an Aloris CXA toolpost. For general purpose turning, I've always used a 3/4" or 1" stick tool in a quick-change holder. I see that they also make integrated...
  23. Here's a video about the dynamic safety zones on...

    Here's a video about the dynamic safety zones on the AGVs Monitoring automated guided vehicles (AGV) - with Safe Motion Control from SICK | SICK AG - YouTube

    The cost of optical guarding has come...
  24. The aircraft industry uses AGVs all over the...

    The aircraft industry uses AGVs all over the place. If you can design the tooling to work with them, they are unbeatable for ease of use and safety.

    They are not, however, inexpensive. Safety...
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    We've tried the local laser shops. I haven't...

    We've tried the local laser shops. I haven't tried OSH Cut, but sendcutsend wants $3.76 apiece, more than double the local guys.

    I've found sendcutsend and similar outfits to be better at small...
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