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    Hi jhov: Interesting points about formal...

    Hi jhov:
    Interesting points about formal education you bring up.
    I can speak on the subject with some experience; I too spent many years in university.

    I spent 3 years toward a BFA in art...
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    All I can say is WOW... I sure don't want to be...

    All I can say is WOW... I sure don't want to be anywhere near when the program first gets fired up and run.
    I'm with modelmakerblue on this ...bring spare underpants when you push the green button...
  3. Hi again jhov: Who's doing your mold design?...

    Hi again jhov:
    Who's doing your mold design?
    Are you completely satisfied you can take your finished mold to a molder and not have it rejected?
    There are some simple things that are important, so...
  4. Hi jhov: The industry standard for aluminum...

    Hi jhov:
    The industry standard for aluminum molds is Alumec 89.
    I was told it is basically 7075 in chemistry but is more consistent in hardness.
    I have no idea about 7050, but when you're making...
  5. Hi pb1 and Zahnrad Kopf: Looks like we're all on...

    Hi pb1 and Zahnrad Kopf:
    Looks like we're all on the same page...what I made is pretty much what you both are describing.

    Do you remember the former moderator of this sub forum...The Metal...
  6. Tried a new tool to control slugs (parts) and it WORKED!

    Hi All:
    I tried a new slug clamp design on the wire for cutting male parts from a stack.
    It worked really well, so I thought I'd share.
    It's pretty simple, a glorified C clamp that can reach in...
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    Hi again sf74cam: OK it souds like you are...

    Hi again sf74cam:
    OK it souds like you are centerline programming and inputting whatever radius the cutter has as your offset.
    If that is so, my point about alarming out the control doesn't apply...
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    Hi sf74cam: You also need to consider whether...

    Hi sf74cam:
    You also need to consider whether your comp value is going to get bigger than the lead-in and lead-out you've programmed.
    If so you may need to re-program it,or the control may alarm....
  9. Hi again TKassoc: As you pointed out in post...

    Hi again TKassoc:
    As you pointed out in post #19, when you get down to these really small diameters, your concentricity becomes crucial, and in my experience I cannot get collets to run quite good...
  10. Hi Lindsey: Does this happen every single time...

    Hi Lindsey:
    Does this happen every single time you move the Y axis?
    Even with an MDI command of only that axis?
    Even when you jog it with the handwheel (assuming you have an MPG on the control)?...
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    Hi TGTool: Like you I acknowledge that Etalon...

    Hi TGTool:
    Like you I acknowledge that Etalon tools were exceptionally well made and certainly I have no objection to owning them, looking after them, using them with pleasure, and being proud of...
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    OOOHHH that was a good one specfab...I almost...

    OOOHHH that was a good one specfab...I almost spit my coffee on the keyboard.

    Reminds me of the tight assed toolbreakers I worked with back in the 1970's.
    All were soooo tool proud, and would...
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    Hi specfab: You wrote: "Wow -- that must be some...

    Hi specfab:
    You wrote: "Wow -- that must be some fancy mill you have"

    Yeah, the difference between what we fantasize we have and what we actually have is often quite astonishing.
    We pretend to...
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    Hi All: I'm going to be a bit contrarian here...

    Hi All:
    I'm going to be a bit contrarian here and make the following claim:

    If my main objective is to tram a mill, a 6" granite angle plate can't be beat.

    I just run it up against the side of...
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    Hi Clay: I'll bet the seals in the pump rotor...

    Hi Clay:
    I'll bet the seals in the pump rotor are shot.
    I had to replace mine about 5 years ago...messy job but it fixed the problem.
    I couldn't hold pressure either.

    Cheers

    Marcus
    Implant...
  16. Hi again TKassoc: Are you open at all to the...

    Hi again TKassoc:
    Are you open at all to the possibility of rolling your own with a Sherline lathe and a tiny toolpost grinder made from a second Sherline headstock mounted on the cross slide.
    It...
  17. Hi TKassoc: I've solved exactly the same problem...

    Hi TKassoc:
    I've solved exactly the same problem well enough that I'm pretty happy with it.

    I bought a Sherline headstock, some collets and a four jaw chuck (all tiny) and mounted the headstock...
  18. Hi Lanza: I was trained to weld bushings and...

    Hi Lanza:
    I was trained to weld bushings and threaded plugs by stitch welding them to keep distortion to a minimum.
    So tacks all round as gbent advocates in post #7.
    Then weld from 11 o'clock to...
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    Hi again empwoer: So for roughly double the...

    Hi again empwoer:
    So for roughly double the money you got roughly ten times the machine...is that correct?

    But but but...you could have had TWO clunkers on your floor for the same coin....
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    Hi empwoer: You mean you traded in your brand...

    Hi empwoer:
    You mean you traded in your brand new, state-of-the art Haas UMC 500 for THAT???:D
    What were you THINKING?

    On a more serious note...I too am envious as Hell.
    I wish you 5 axis...
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    Hi cirqueoc: This topic has been beat to death...

    Hi cirqueoc:
    This topic has been beat to death over the years, and there is a consensus that has emerged (sort of...opinions do vary)

    A couple of things: first you need to have clear in your head...
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    Hi Conrad Hoffman and eKretz: Yeah, I found the...

    Hi Conrad Hoffman and eKretz:
    Yeah, I found the blue seeded gel wheels really shone for hardened D-2 die sections and punches, were still pretty good for hardened mold steels and were not great for...
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    Hi Cash: It's a 46 J Triumph wheel. Not ideal...

    Hi Cash:
    It's a 46 J Triumph wheel.
    Not ideal for grinding soft steels but I've used them successfully in the past for tasks like these.

    It just happened to be the wheel that was on the hub at...
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    Hi mhajicek: Welcome aboard the club of guys...

    Hi mhajicek:
    Welcome aboard the club of guys with their own machines...I'm stoked for you and just a little bit envious.
    I've had my eye on a CM1 with a TRT 70 for a while now but haven't pulled...
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    Well I found the problem. Man do I ever feel...

    Well I found the problem.
    Man do I ever feel stupid!!

    So I spoke in the past about trying to resurrect an old walker Ceramax chuck that came with the machine.
    I cleaned it up, and fixed it up...
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