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  1. I would agree with this, certainly the way we are...

    I would agree with this, certainly the way we are using it in our current project involves having the right discreet angle. Clocking is a nice term actually as it sounds like what it means.
  2. That Hydro thing is funny, but sort of...

    That Hydro thing is funny, but sort of understandable given three Canadian provinces (BC, Manitoba and Quebec) and Norway are the only four major jurisdictions that get almost all their electricity...
  3. Can you elaborate on the material and thickness?...

    Can you elaborate on the material and thickness? Can you not get close to the tap drill size with the laser or are you hitting specified tolerances? We tap waterjetted holes in steel and aluminum...
  4. Thank you for the excellent responses. I'm not...

    Thank you for the excellent responses. I'm not sure this was a particularly Canadian/American thing, maybe more a doctor/engineer thing. You know what is an awesomely confusing difference? In the...
  5. OT: Use of the word "clocking" for rotational angle alignment

    Here's a silly topic for a Monday: In an engineering call this morning, which involves Canadians and Americans and both physicians and engineers, the use of the word "clocking" was discussed, as the...
  6. This is a somewhat dispiriting thread. With a...

    This is a somewhat dispiriting thread. With a Sandvick diamond tool on a Haas TL-1 we were recently able to get substantially sub-micron finishes on inside and outside bores in acrylic. For something...
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    Punch presses are like old DNA sequencers (ask me...

    Punch presses are like old DNA sequencers (ask me how I know) in that they only run as part of a system of staff and support equipment which costs way more than the machine itself. So once obsolete,...
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    I'm in engineering so yes to Solidworks and its...

    I'm in engineering so yes to Solidworks and its ilk. For things like signs though, I think these days, Adobe Illustrator is what most graphics people use. There's an open source equivalent called...
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    Are you actually trying to make your own bars? Or...

    Are you actually trying to make your own bars? Or form tubing for frame components? Relatively small manufacturers like Knolly bikes have aluminum frames with hydroformed parts, made in Taiwan...
  10. 271747 A final note: we originally were going to...

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    A final note: we originally were going to get the TRT-100 4" platen 5th axis unit to manufacture a particular component for individualized radiotherapy. But while the machine was on order,...
  11. 271742 This is a good shot showing the clearance...

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    This is a good shot showing the clearance involved. I forget the name of this forklift but this is what you get when you are done screwing around. It's like someone solved the exact problem...
  12. New Machine Day - Hole in the Hospital Edition

    This is a major back fill as this actual move happened September 2018, and then we spent some time getting our TRT-160 five axis unit up and running (our timelines mostly) so it got put off. But I...
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    Hey didn't you guys see, this CallyTech part is...

    Hey didn't you guys see, this CallyTech part is French. That means it's not possible to make it. Or buy it. Well not now.... Come back tomorrow and it might be possible. Well, how many do you need?...
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    I'm guessing that this is one off, so the costs...

    I'm guessing that this is one off, so the costs won't be bad either way and threading is indeed fine if you weren't planning to mount and demount the parts a lot. If this is a production thing, 10 GA...
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    Pictures! Pictures!

    Pictures! Pictures!
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    Ox, your response roused me from my torpor! Here...

    Ox, your response roused me from my torpor! Here are some pretty space-age videos if I do say so myself. No wonder they have 700,000 pieces of tooling, it takes a large number of tools to make one...
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    This evolution of the term "cam out" is...

    This evolution of the term "cam out" is technically and linguistically fascinating. Thanks for the find plannerpower, and I tip my hat to the thesis author as a bit of history really helps to bring...
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    This process needs an animated video

    This process needs an animated video
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    Naive question here: Can you test thinner parts...

    Naive question here: Can you test thinner parts of the same material to get a feel for the press and die set's actual performance? If you could punch say 3/16 but not 1/4" you'd have some idea you...
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    As an addendum to this for future general...

    As an addendum to this for future general reference, I was watching an NYC CNC video where they have the VM-3 with the older double sided TRT160 (I think it's that size) and indeed they had it turned...
  21. Waterjet? What are your tolerances?

    Waterjet? What are your tolerances?
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    This s part seems so well suited for standard...

    This s part seems so well suited for standard laser cut and form a specialist shop with a CNC press brake. You're sending it out for laser anyway just have them bend it.
  23. +1000 to anyone who makes videos of machining...

    +1000 to anyone who makes videos of machining with minimal talking. Abom79's best is when he was doing big parts with minimal talking, and if you're watching on the iPad on your sofa, the shop...
  24. I back filled our justification for why we got a...

    I back filled our justification for why we got a VM-3 using John Saunders's (NYC CNC) video for why he got one which I saw after we had our machine on the floor. I think we had good reasons but John...
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    Yes inkjet if you could. I've seen these machines...

    Yes inkjet if you could. I've seen these machines at laboratory automation conferences for marking tubes and they are just excellent. I imagine the cheapest serious ones are several grand but if you...
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