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  1. I don't have any suggestions, but I feel your...

    I don't have any suggestions, but I feel your pain. We've been working with a bunch of AlO PCBs, which need a fairly precise hole in them, and we're having them laser cut and they come out looking...
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    That seems worth trying. I'll probably pick up...

    That seems worth trying. I'll probably pick up some 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" Dorian CAT40 end mill holders from Tiger Tool Supply (that seems to be the best place to find them online). 5+ get free...
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    I am almost certain this guy is running a...

    I am almost certain this guy is running a PocketNC or similar machine.

    Who would run a real 5-axis machine without simulation? I'm sure I don't want the answer to that question.
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    Honestly 3D printing services are so cheap that...

    Honestly 3D printing services are so cheap that unless you really think you have volume, you should just pay someone else to print it for you.

    I've probably had a hundred parts printed this year,...
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    That wasn't why I dismissed it and pretending...

    That wasn't why I dismissed it and pretending it's the reason is disingenuous.



    Really?



    Pretending that training costs are not significant is stupid. Optimization of resources (a.k.a....
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    I have no doubt it is physically capable of...

    I have no doubt it is physically capable of turning out good code. Teaching someone to use it and getting them to the same speed as someone using graphical CAM is where all this logic breaks down.
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    Employee evaluations work when they give your...

    Employee evaluations work when they give your employees an incentive to do better work and gain skills. Otherwise they just become another system your employees have to game to get the compensation...
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    APT is nothing like a modern CAM system, this...

    APT is nothing like a modern CAM system, this comment is so unreasonable that I'm not sure if you're joking.
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    I use primarily Shars tool holders (end mill and...

    I use primarily Shars tool holders (end mill and SK16 holders, all CAT40), with the occasional Maritool and Technics holders (and I think I have one Pioneer I picked up in a set from someone on...
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    Did you look through both of these manuals? ...

    Did you look through both of these manuals?

    https://itscnc.com/images/tech%20docs/Rigid%20Tap%20Upgrade%20Instructions.pdf
    ...
  11. Their website isn't great but their stuff is...

    Their website isn't great but their stuff is carried by Motion Industries.
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    Well at the very least it's going to be an...

    Well at the very least it's going to be an interesting road.

    Anyone want to take a bet on SwissMak ever shipping a unit? Or perhaps on company solubility in 3 years?
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    I have real doubts about the seriousness of his...

    I have real doubts about the seriousness of his investors, as I do with a lot of his claims.

    The real problem here is that he doesn't know how to run a business and he didn't find anyone who can...
  14. I would strongly suggest stepping back and...

    I would strongly suggest stepping back and explaining the problem you want to solve rather than asking how this can be made.

    I have machined similar size grooves in aluminum for optical fiber...
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    Yup. As far as actually using chairs, I think...

    Yup.

    As far as actually using chairs, I think it depends a lot on the shop and what you're making.

    I've had one job that required nearly everyone working in the plant to stand for hours....
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    I think that's why you may be missing our point...

    I think that's why you may be missing our point here in regards to cobots: you (your employer/facility/group) feel comfortable both buying and programming a bunch of robots which will be permanently...
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    Fanucmate (or anything similar) makes no sense in...

    Fanucmate (or anything similar) makes no sense in scenarios where you want a robot to do one thing this week and something else next week, possibly in entirely different parts of the plant.
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    The problem that brings with it is design cost,...

    The problem that brings with it is design cost, space, installation cost/time, and usually more oversight from ES&H. The fence is not the problem.

    In general if you're buying a Fanuc or ABB...
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    This also assumes that the deflection is not high...

    This also assumes that the deflection is not high enough that the second beam is under load. The complexity of the interaction if they're not attached makes for a fun analysis problem or a pain in...
  20. I know the company this hiring is being done for...

    I know the company this hiring is being done for (Micro) as I worked next to them for three years and interviewed there once. Commutable from upper Bucks County (PA), for those who want to get away...
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    If you want a laptop, Thinkpad W series are cheap...

    If you want a laptop, Thinkpad W series are cheap used and do well (at least running Solidworks and Fusion, which is my experience). If you can afford a new P series, go for it.

    If you want a...
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    As an engineer, you need to go learn the...

    As an engineer, you need to go learn the definition of 'xy problem'.

    If someone who worked for or with me asked me a question this broad and then couldn't communicate more specifics I would put...
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    For the OP: What kind of parts are you doing?...

    For the OP:

    What kind of parts are you doing? Based on your other post, it's all 3-axis stuff. If that's not true and your needs are more complex, that's a factor.



    Amen.

    Unless you have...
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    This is a classic XY problem. What's the...

    This is a classic XY problem.

    What's the machine going to be used for?

    What's driving the mist coolant requirement?

    A base VF-2SS uses up your entire budget, is that a hard limit?
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    Your example of when you tell your customers your...

    Your example of when you tell your customers your rate is that it's T&M work -- I didn't assume anything.



    I'm gonna take that one and laugh all the way to the bank. OK dude.
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