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    You don't build an elevator of pitstop - pitstop...

    You don't build an elevator of pitstop - pitstop IS the elevator - and I'm not being silly. My shop is set up with a platform that is easily reached from the ground floor with a forklift. (Code...
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    Many members post photos of machines up on walls,...

    Many members post photos of machines up on walls, and sometimes on the ceiling. Perhaps you should adopt that technology? See "relativity" by Escher for inspiration...

    /silly

    Serious - if...
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    Since we are for some reason relighting a 10 year...

    Since we are for some reason relighting a 10 year old thread, I'll update my 10 year post. In the years in between:

    1. Tormach has popularized their TTS system, which allows use of...
  4. I have a (now dead) quadracheck, and a very much...

    I have a (now dead) quadracheck, and a very much alive Elboni tool presetter, and the two interfaces had basically nothing to do with each other.
    I would think a nice DRO set up would work well
    a....
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    Congrats and Good Luck!

    Congrats and Good Luck!
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    Returning to the stale topic of a few posts ago...

    Returning to the stale topic of a few posts ago -> In looking at multitask lathes (more Multus than Mazak) they always struck me as a lot of floor space for a quite cramped interior. You'd think...
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    Forgive me, I'm used to purpose built race...

    Forgive me, I'm used to purpose built race engines (which have a quite different structure) and my head hurts.

    If you "fill" the water passages from the deck to the heads (???) how are the heads...
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    It grinds cylinders - really (I'm not being...

    It grinds cylinders - really (I'm not being snarky.) Also relatively long round objects that taper - for examp morris taper or cat-40 tapers. Used grinding journals on shafts (the bit where...
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    "more" on handheld fiber laser

    The handheld fiber laser welders came up before (I forget which sub forum) but I just came upon this video which struck me as mildly interesting.
    In that environment, with everybody wearing the...
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    I always thought it was just "stuck doing things...

    I always thought it was just "stuck doing things we did them on PCs in 1988", but the quoted line is probably better...
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    Sure. And I've spoken with shop owners who told...

    Sure. And I've spoken with shop owners who told me they had to have UX to get work from some customers. Nothing to do with ITAR. Sometimes there's a formal rule, sometimes there's an informal...
  12. How much oil escapes into the air stream with...

    How much oil escapes into the air stream with these various compressors?
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    Enough. The real answer to OP's question goes...

    Enough.

    The real answer to OP's question goes like this - There's a difference between Theory and Practice, and the "entry price" and "ease of learning to do very basic stuff" costs aren't...
  14. And the distinction isn't really about "import" -...

    And the distinction isn't really about "import" - I've never seen anybody get grief over a Kern, Hermles, etc. The distinction is really about "cheap junk" - there are boards devoted to this...
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    This thread illustrates a deep economic issue...

    This thread illustrates a deep economic issue that's worth keeping in mind.

    Being a commodity business will always be a very hard way to make a living (as basically all of you have noticed.) AND...
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    +3 for RipperJ's and related posts. You want a...

    +3 for RipperJ's and related posts.

    You want a 3-way (instead of 4-way) dolly/skate system. You want it "over sized". You want some nice toe jacks to go with it. Do this once and be done....
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    EthanW - The above replies are all true, but...

    EthanW -

    The above replies are all true, but miss a subtle point I will now direct your attention to.

    There are at least 3, types of "simulation"software.

    1. "Solid Model Simulation With...
  18. I"ve heard of (but never used) oils used in...

    I"ve heard of (but never used) oils used in stamping industry called "vanishing oils" - which as one would expect are meant to provide just barely enough lube for a metal forming operation and then...
  19. 1. Where is this "$50K 5-axis" machine of which...

    1. Where is this "$50K 5-axis" machine of which you speak? :eek:

    => Serious point = Does your work really need 5-axis? Maybe not. (Observation from a guy who bought a 5-axis machine as his...
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    Why would splines need to be generated rather...

    Why would splines need to be generated rather than just broached? (Assume a correct, indeed perfect, broach tool...)
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    I think a lot of us will be very interested in...

    I think a lot of us will be very interested in how you overcome those issues....
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    Point Taken - and I'm a big fan of "just buy it...

    Point Taken - and I'm a big fan of "just buy it if you can" but the union set of workholding I need to fit in the machine for maximum utility means that standard ball locks won't quite do. This...
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    I cannot tell from your notes, and don't know...

    I cannot tell from your notes, and don't know from experience with the VF2 - but DO be SURE that...

    1. You can install, and later uninstall, the coolant tank (and the conveyer if it's a separate...
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    it is clearly related tech likewise it seems...

    it is clearly related tech

    likewise it seems to me i will eventually find drill bushings that can serve as liners
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    From reading the catalogs, I get the impression...

    From reading the catalogs, I get the impression that amount of torque applied to the screw that is expanding the locking balls also matters. Presumably there's engineering/testing to decide what...
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