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    Gary, A buddy of mine that has an aerospace...

    Gary,

    A buddy of mine that has an aerospace shop with about 30 people dropped one of these in a clean corner of his shop floor. It took a ton of workload of his metrology guy and CMM......
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    I do it now and then on a proto or low-volume...

    I do it now and then on a proto or low-volume part that requires me to pick up a an angle (like JP Machining shows), or I want to somehow reference something that is not conveniently accessible via a...
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    Have you looked into something like this? ...

    Have you looked into something like this?

    Similar work volume to a VF3, but the machine is about 3000 pounds heavier. Not sure on price...

    260332


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    G00 Proto, I'll toss in my 2c worth... For...

    G00 Proto,

    I'll toss in my 2c worth...

    For high feed rate material removal with 3/8" diameter, the Helical shown below is my favorite. Only .500" DOC on this one, but it really can be pushed....
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    Wire edm not an option?

    Wire edm not an option?
  6. Open up the large control cabinet and see how...

    Open up the large control cabinet and see how clean it is inside there. It won't tell you anything "directly", but the Vector drives are a bit prone to problems if they get years of...
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    My gut feeling would be to... a) stick with...

    My gut feeling would be to...

    a) stick with MasterCAM

    b) drive a hard bargain with them, and possibly "hint" that you're thinking of jumping ship because of the cost


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    For most of us here (especially the "high time"...

    For most of us here (especially the "high time" people), I think we take for granted the intuition we apply when looking at part/assembly/machine, and being able to apply a pretty good guess as to...
  9. thunderskunk, I'd imagine you found all the...

    thunderskunk,

    I'd imagine you found all the Maritool holders that are already in Fusion 360? I use a lot of Techniks holders, and it *would* be nice if they were available to import. As...
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    Your machine is much larger than any I have, but...

    Your machine is much larger than any I have, but what I do when cutting plastic (or even wood) is....

    I take an old bed sheet (or even an old fitted sheet), and I cut a hole in the middle that's...
  11. I assume that's a question, correct? Yes, you...

    I assume that's a question, correct? Yes, you should be able to "upload" a file, (which should already save it), then modify/save and "export" the DXF.

    In my experience, I have given up (for...
  12. First (useful) parts I can remember making for...

    First (useful) parts I can remember making for myself was a pair of setback blocks made on a Bridgeport for the handlebars on my 70cc Honda flat track bike. I think it was 1969, though I machined...
  13. It would "seem" that it would be far easier...

    It would "seem" that it would be far easier (simpler?) to have the CAM software maintain a consistent engagement angle, and program the speed/feed for that? (if the geometry of the part allows that,...
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    No, physical clearance can often be an issue. ...

    No, physical clearance can often be an issue.

    I often make small parts, and find myself using a Techniks "Slim Fit" holder (like the one pictured below) quite often. Not only does it make getting...
  15. Yes, the quality of the engraving will be better...

    Yes, the quality of the engraving will be better if you can cut slightly off-center on your cylinder (allows you to use a portion of the cutting edge that has more surface speed than when using...
  16. wheelie, fwiw (and you may already know this):...

    wheelie,

    fwiw (and you may already know this): 1 5 0 0 CW does the same thing. No need to MDI. Not sure if NGC supports this though.

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  17. I believe it's somewhat difficult to get good...

    I believe it's somewhat difficult to get good cosmetic results when anodizing MIC6. The nature of it being cast can cause acid being "trapped" in the typical small voids in casting. Also, I believe...
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    Samuelp, Since this is your first post in...

    Samuelp,

    Since this is your first post in these forums, and nobody else has jumped in to tell you... there's something you should be aware of:

    Job postings below in the "Career...
  19. As has been pointed out by some people here that...

    As has been pointed out by some people here that I have a lot of respect for, I was unfairly passing judgement in my reply above. I apologize for that previous post, and also apologize to the shop...
  20. I'll preface my harsh words by stating that I'm...

    I'll preface my harsh words by stating that I'm pleased that nobody was killed or injured in this event.

    That said, someone (the owner AND all the machine operators) need to go back to school and...
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    Marcus, I'm sorry for the delay -- don't skim...

    Marcus,

    I'm sorry for the delay -- don't skim the EDM forum as much as I did when I was in the business.

    I never had any problem repeating to within .0001" or less when swapping between machine...
  22. IIRC, the number for aluminum is more like 5% or...

    IIRC, the number for aluminum is more like 5% or 6%. All the info you require should be in Machinery Handbook.

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    Until we know the total amperage draw for your...

    Until we know the total amperage draw for your machine (on 3-phase), nobody will be able to answer your question.
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    Preset outside the machine? When I was in the...

    Preset outside the machine?

    When I was in the wire business, I probably preset 3/4 of the jobs I did on a setup block sitting on the surface plate.

    Not sure if that would lend itself to working...
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    I run Motorex Ortho NFX 10...

    I run Motorex Ortho NFX 10 in my Haas super mini mill. (link is to NFX 15, as it appears that they may no longer sell the NFX 10).

    The machine is in my garage. I do primarily prototype work, and...
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