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  1. My gut reaction, and I have no experience with...

    My gut reaction, and I have no experience with this, would be don't get the one that will fit in your other machines. That way you are not tempted to mix your regular tooling and you dual contact...
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    I am by no means an expert, and I'm sure some one...

    I am by no means an expert, and I'm sure some one will correct me if I get this wrong. 20 TPI is .05 (1/20) that means that 1 degree is equal to .000138ish (.05/360). If you need it to start at say...
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    I kinda wish the grinders at work had a puree...

    I kinda wish the grinders at work had a puree setting now.
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    Holy cow, do you have room for parts too?

    Holy cow, do you have room for parts too?
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    Just my 2 cents: Given the flat parts I would...

    Just my 2 cents: Given the flat parts I would surface this with a corner radius endmill rather than a ball.
  6. I'm partial to the term VMC Virtuoso.

    I'm partial to the term VMC Virtuoso.
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    If it's like X4 then sometimes it will just post...

    If it's like X4 then sometimes it will just post to the wrong offset, just because. The workaround for us is to go into WCS and change the offset for the plane you are working in, regenerate the...
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    Ya, you certainly need to Pick the features of...

    Ya, you certainly need to Pick the features of the product carefully.
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    One thing I found that helps if you are having...

    One thing I found that helps if you are having chatter troubles when you've got a lot of stickout is to lower your spindle speed. Having a heaver chip load stabilizes things, but I'll have to leave...
  10. If you had to do it in a mill then I bet just...

    If you had to do it in a mill then I bet just cutting a notch in a bit of bar stock would work out well enough.
  11. I have to ask what did they think the benefits of...

    I have to ask what did they think the benefits of not using a stop were? The only times I'll run without a stop is if I'm running one part or my stock is so irregular that I need to probe each piece....
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    NPT gauges have a little flat at the top of the...

    NPT gauges have a little flat at the top of the thread that should line up flush with the surface of the material if the thread is the right depth +- a half a turn.
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    After I finished school and started in a shop I...

    After I finished school and started in a shop I realized that two of the classes I took were particularly useful: Blueprint Reading, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

    Blueprint reading...
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    There are similar paintings that have gone for...

    There are similar paintings that have gone for many thousands of dollars.
  15. Here, a video that demonstrates the 123 block...

    Here, a video that demonstrates the 123 block technique.

    Haas tip of the day.
  16. My preferred way is to use hard stop and a 123...

    My preferred way is to use hard stop and a 123 block. Get the part the part where you want, set up a stop against it, take the part out, put the 123 in, probe the block.

    Another method, this is...
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    What ever machine you get run it a lot while it...

    What ever machine you get run it a lot while it is under warranty. Pretty much every machine out there needs some time to break itself in, and you want all the things that will need fixing as it...
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    How are you with programing in some sort of CAM? ...

    How are you with programing in some sort of CAM? I've not run a Haas so I don't know how good their conversational programing is.
    I'm assuming that the shop you inherited is all manual. You may...
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    For that I would put a couple breaks in the...

    For that I would put a couple breaks in the program to blow out the chips.
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    I will with thread mills that I don't now the...

    I will with thread mills that I don't now the exact diameter for. It can save a good bit of fussing with them.
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    I might actually have a use for that. I could...

    I might actually have a use for that. I could carve chocolate sculptures.
  22. Poll: Thank you, it helps.

    Thank you, it helps.
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    Long thin 304 stainless parts help.

    I have some parts that come through regularly cut in 304 cold rolled stainless. They finish at .236 thick by 23.622 long and in varying widths between 1.375 and 3.0. I have two problems that I fight...
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    We have two DPM5s. You can push the head around...

    We have two DPM5s. You can push the head around with the quill when drilling pretty easy.
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    I have mixed feelings about ours at work. ...

    I have mixed feelings about ours at work.

    The control is all right mostly. There are some things I wish it could do or do better. However it is decently user friendly and easy enough to learn to...
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