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    Does anyone make a sinker with an indexer that...

    Does anyone make a sinker with an indexer that would accommodate a part of this size? I never said this was going to be easy....unless someone has a better idea on how to produce the threads...
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    Well, the only stupid question is one that isn't...

    Well, the only stupid question is one that isn't asked. I didn't think such a beast existed, but...I didn't think about the dielectric...I was thinking water like with a wire EDM. Some of the parts...
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    TM, Thank you for the response. Obtaining a...

    TM,

    Thank you for the response. Obtaining a small PCD thread mill is a challenge in itself; I am in the process of having some made for M5 x 0.8 pitch. The issue that seems to be the case is...
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    Yes, that is the thought. We manufacture a...

    Yes, that is the thought. We manufacture a difficult material to machine, but is doable with PCD tooling...threading is a real PIA...it eats taps, the thought was if I could save from setting up the...
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    Sinker EDM head??

    Hello. I don't know if this exists, or for that matter, even possible....here it goes; does anyone make a sinker EDM "attachment" that would go into a CAT50 tool holder that I could then "burn"...
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    So...I had my yearly review on Thursday...what a...

    So...I had my yearly review on Thursday...what a joke. Nothing but compliments of quality and quantity of work; thinking "outside of the box" solutions...but, I got dinged for not accepting a...
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    Guys, Its good to hear that I am not the only...

    Guys,
    Its good to hear that I am not the only disgruntled employee in the world. I guess what it boils down to is either "put up or shut up"....I have never been one to say "...thank you sir, may...
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    There has been a lot of good points and stories;...

    There has been a lot of good points and stories; thank everyone for their input. In the attempt to self evaluate my skills, dedication and what I have contributed to the company as a whole, I just...
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    We have since hired 5 additional guys in the...

    We have since hired 5 additional guys in the shop; all have started out as temps, which since, they have been hired on full time. In addition, my boss hired one of his friends, who they have real...
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    Guys, I have spec'd out and purchased (with...

    Guys,

    I have spec'd out and purchased (with company money) all except one piece of equipment in the shop. I was the sole machinist, when a few years ago, my boss asked me if I wanted a helper to...
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    How to know when its time to move on

    All,
    This is not a bitch, but may be considered a gripe. Before I continue, I will ask the question, what has made you leave your job in search of "greener pastures"? Was is the lack of mental...
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    My understanding is that "tip flat" only comes...

    My understanding is that "tip flat" only comes into play if your tool is blunt...correct?
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    I did review the tool geometry that MC gave for...

    I did review the tool geometry that MC gave for the 5/8 CD, and it was in fact off. For some reason, it wants to use a #17 versus the #7 that I change it to , even after I click on the prompt to...
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    Mastercam 2018 question

    Hello all,
    In MC 2018, I am trying to do a simple task; center drill and drill a hole...I want to CD the hole and leave a chamfer at the top after I drill it. I used the depth calculator, entered...
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    Jarrod, To answer your question a few posts...

    Jarrod,

    To answer your question a few posts back; we mainly run 100g vitrified or resin bonded diamond wheels. To boot, 90% of our work is with ceramics so the swarf is non magnetic, and pretty...
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    Jarrod, I had overlooked the chemistry aspect...

    Jarrod,

    I had overlooked the chemistry aspect of the coolant; I do recall talking to one coolant manufacturer, and them asking about our water source...I believe it was Cim-Cool. Funny; some may...
  17. DD, Good question. In addition, the ones...

    DD,

    Good question. In addition, the ones that I have seen are way too tall; I am limited to about 1.25" thick at the 7.45" ish diameter due to clearances with the tool changer...not an easy...
  18. Digger, Similar, but I haven't found one that...

    Digger,

    Similar, but I haven't found one that would fit into the space requirements that I have to work with...
    Mark
  19. circular air knife/curtain design suggestions

    Good morning everyone, how was the weekend? See the attached picture. This is my prototype air curtain to fit around the spindle of my HAAS VF3. The intent is to create a circular curtain of air...
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    Grinding coolant VS Milling coolant

    Ok guys, time to settle another debate. I say that coolant intended for milling/turning/conventional machining should not be used for surface grinding operations. The grinding coolants that I have...
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    Jarrod, On our small Okamoto 1020, it has a...

    Jarrod,

    On our small Okamoto 1020, it has a bed type filter with a roll of 5uM filter paper, and we still get sludge in the coolant tank. I added an additional settling tank prior to the coolant...
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    Guys, Thank everyone for the input. I would...

    Guys,

    Thank everyone for the input. I would really like to find a local shop; a shop that I can jump in my truck and be there in half an hour. I treat all of my vendors as friends, I do what I...
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    Good thought. General mill and lathe work mostly.

    Good thought. General mill and lathe work mostly.
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    Seeking a small "Mom and Pop" shop

    Hey everyone,

    I am looking for a smaller, legit shop that I can send small jobs to in Delaware. My go to shop, Black Stallion Machine, closed and I really haven't found a replacement. If anyone...
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    Buck, I am using the 3.25" diameter wheel...

    Buck,

    I am using the 3.25" diameter wheel only to face the part; the tool in the picture is nominally 0.5" in diameter. Generally, we "green machine" parts to +/- 0.005", but can achieve tighter...
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