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  1. Have you used a good presetter? I don't have...

    Have you used a good presetter? I don't have one, but I miss working at a place that did.

    I have a laser in one machine and a renishaw OTS on the other. Both have parametric programs written...
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    Oh, and there are many of us capable of doing...

    Oh, and there are many of us capable of doing high precision work. However, my experience is that Xometry doesn't place enough value on that. Often the price difference between a job requiring +/-...
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    Agreed. I don't want to get too...

    Agreed.

    I don't want to get too conspiratorial here, but there appears to be an incentive to on-board new shops constantly that are willing to do a handful of work at cost. Again, it's why I...
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    The best is when you go through all that, but...

    The best is when you go through all that, but they put it back up on the board with your price; so it is promptly accepted by somebody else in about 30 seconds.

    I use them more than I care to...
  5. In the EMO video, the salesman throws out a price...

    In the EMO video, the salesman throws out a price of 160k euros.

    Either 69,500 is a mistake, or there is something seriously wrong!
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    I am not a HAAS fanboy at all, but this is a huge...

    I am not a HAAS fanboy at all, but this is a huge incentive to buy one. I know multiple people who almost made a profit selling 2 - 3 year old HAAS machines. A 4 year old VF2 is probably worth...
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    Orbitec? ORBITEC 20...

    Orbitec?

    ORBITEC 20
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    I'm having the exact same problem with my RO...

    I'm having the exact same problem with my RO system. I don't mind that the output is really slow, but the venturi mixer is basically worthless without enough flow.

    Are you guys actually using the...
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    Care to share the cost of renishaw's equivalent? ...

    Care to share the cost of renishaw's equivalent? I've only been considering BLUM, because it is the only standard option (for presetters) on most DMG equipment.
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    I have a quote through DMG for an LC50. Blum...

    I have a quote through DMG for an LC50. Blum cannot sell it direct since the machine is under warranty.

    It was a hair under 19k.
  11. I offered to send you the manual for your laser,...

    I offered to send you the manual for your laser, and you never PM-ed you email. I should also have the tool management manual for your controller.

    Pretty sure even those old 840Ds can do a tool...
  12. I understand that's the concern. However, I...

    I understand that's the concern. However, I refuse to accept that my success is dependent on somebody else's failure. I'm part of this online community because I want to see all of us thrive.
  13. Our experiences are very similar, including some...

    Our experiences are very similar, including some of the frustrations. I just get hung up on that last part. I don't see how it hurts me when somebody else gets propped up by a non profit. I don't...
  14. Fal Grunt, not sure I follow the point here. I...

    Fal Grunt, not sure I follow the point here. I couldn't find a small business organization to help me either, but it sounds like neither of us really looked that hard. Relative to all of the labor...
  15. Why? Are you not a fan of small business? ...

    Why? Are you not a fan of small business? Incubators are available for all kinds of industries regardless of demographics. Most are run by non profits.

    Starting a business if f--ing hard. If...
  16. Thread: NX Programmers

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    Litlerob. Okay point taken. I also do a lot...

    Litlerob. Okay point taken.

    I also do a lot of work for the big aerospace companies, in my machine shop, which has no clearances or even real export control to speak of. However, in the past I...
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    Sorry, you guys are still missing the point. ...

    Sorry, you guys are still missing the point. 99.99% of the time a job posting says clearance is preferred, it is because the job requires it. If a candidate doesn't already have one, the employer...
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    No. It probably requires a security clearance. ...

    No. It probably requires a security clearance. If the applicant doesn't have one already, then the company would have to procure it for them before they could start working.

    It's super common at...
  19. 2 bolts through it has always been my strategy. ...

    2 bolts through it has always been my strategy. Agreed that in aluminum most of the time it is easier/faster to just turn it into chips.
  20. I have been having a really hard time finding...

    I have been having a really hard time finding good batteries in that 1/2 AA size. For the last couple years, nothing lasts more than a month.

    It's such an issue, that I am considering replacing...
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    Just chiming in to say that VANCBIKER nailed it. ...

    Just chiming in to say that VANCBIKER nailed it. A huge percentage of machines have an M6 macro that is implemented during the install. Perhaps it should be fixed in the ladder, but for whatever...
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    If you PM your email I have a Blum manual that I...

    If you PM your email I have a Blum manual that I am pretty sure is correct for that machine and vintage. However, the only way to know for sure what cycles were installed is to check in your system...
  23. Poll: It's not the probe getting wet, it's the idea of...

    It's not the probe getting wet, it's the idea of measuring a part with coolant flying everywhere. However, again, for the vast majority of in-process inspection, it's probably just fine.
  24. Poll: LOL gkoenig. You win. That is probably the...

    LOL gkoenig. You win. That is probably the fastest probing I have ever seen on a machining center. The coolant everywhere is a bit cringe inducing, but it is probably just fine for 90% of...
  25. Poll: Like Vanc implied, the deciding factor is cycle...

    Like Vanc implied, the deciding factor is cycle time. Normally I am in a rush, and will just use the manufacturer cycle. But for serious production jobs, I will usually write the probing out...
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