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    Strongly agreed. In our case each tool assembly...

    Strongly agreed. In our case each tool assembly is given an unique ID, and tool data is exported directly from CAM into the machine over ethernet.

    The hardest part is preventing entropy to the...
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    A lot of CAM softwares can support this. ...

    A lot of CAM softwares can support this. MasterCAM has a plugin for machining with a robot arm.

    I suspect one of the major issues is that the accuracy of movement on robot arms is really poor. ...
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    Really??? I'm sure he's a good kid, but you...

    Really??? I'm sure he's a good kid, but you seriously think being young and well spoken is all it takes to get on the fast-track for becoming one of the top 1% of earners?

    The last five years I...
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    I don't know guys, I really get butt hurt when...

    I don't know guys, I really get butt hurt when people gas-light newbies about how much money there is to be made in this field.

    There probably are some Siemens and GE field machinists making...
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    It means nothing. Do you have devices connected...

    It means nothing. Do you have devices connected to your network? Bang. You now have an Internet-of-Things. Industry 4.0 :rolleyes5:

    Our machines are connected to the server. We do some...
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    You have some control over the button layout, but...

    You have some control over the button layout, but not all of them can be swapped around. They may be irritated because it is not something the local staff can easily accomplish, and Japan is going...
  7. There seems to be a bit of outrage from folks who...

    There seems to be a bit of outrage from folks who have never paid to have this done, or certainly aren't sharing what they paid. I was sent in to do it a bunch of times, and don't recall ever...
  8. IMHO CATIA is a more powerful CAD package, but...

    IMHO CATIA is a more powerful CAD package, but not necessarily a better one. It has all of the power, tools, and flexibility to design an airplane, but it takes 5X longer to model a pair of soft...
  9. I agree that the solidworks measure tool is a...

    I agree that the solidworks measure tool is a freaking joke. My assumption was that there is better functionality in the software, and I just haven't discovered it.

    When the SW tools can't get...
  10. Really??? If this is true, please put the...

    Really??? If this is true, please put the dealers' names on here so we can shame them.

    I have gone to multiple customers sites and reset the codes as a courtesy while working for two major...
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    I whole-heartedly agree with that statement and...

    I whole-heartedly agree with that statement and your attitude behind it. I just think it is important to stress to any young lurkers, that you had better love doing it, because it will probably be a...
  12. Is it really that big a deal? Don't get me...

    Is it really that big a deal? Don't get me wrong, it is annoying, but even if your dealer sucks and wants to charge you for an hour to put in the code --- that's pretty minimal compared to the cost...
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    Guess it depends on your perspective about what a...

    Guess it depends on your perspective about what a "good" wage is. Most skilled labor is compensated much higher than machinists - this includes most of the construction trades, law enforcement,...
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    Most machinists make well below the median pay...

    Most machinists make well below the median pay for their regions. I am always amazed by the people who work in this field and think the wages are okay. It always feels like they need to convince...
  15. Drift on turning centers is a huge issue. Drift...

    Drift on turning centers is a huge issue. Drift on 5 axis machines is arguably an even bigger issue. Alignment, drift, etc... can quickly become a total nightmare on B-axis mill-turns with a sub...
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    I wrote some fairly substantial macros for stock...

    I wrote some fairly substantial macros for stock probing and tool breakage. The post is set to call up those macros and populate them with all of the fields required.

    Stock probing uses the...
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    hyperMILL has some probing support. It is okay. ...

    hyperMILL has some probing support. It is okay. I'm not really a fan of MasterCAM, but I used their productivity plus package several years ago, and it was surprisingly good. All of the...
  18. What Mike has there is basically what I have done...

    What Mike has there is basically what I have done in the past. It's not that bad. Kinda disappointed that didn't get any traction with the OP.

    Less than half a day to write something that will...
  19. I wrote a macro once to do this with coordinate...

    I wrote a macro once to do this with coordinate rotation G68.1. This was on a Fanuc, so I didn't have the luxury of a canned engraving cycle.

    You could probably do something similar, but at least...
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    Blaser Synergy is incredibly easy on the nose,...

    Blaser Synergy is incredibly easy on the nose, lungs, and skin. Unfortunately it sucks as coolant.

    I am using Trim 690XT. Great lubricity and corrosion inhibition, but I'm really unhappy with...
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    I'm telling ya, run away. Not sure why they are...

    I'm telling ya, run away. Not sure why they are hocking this stuff so hard.

    I do not know of a single shop personally that has had a good experience with the 735. The people who will tell you...
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    Also a big fan of Helical, but their offerings...

    Also a big fan of Helical, but their offerings under .250 are pretty poor anyways. For general purpose aluminum we are using MA Ford aluminum specific endmills. The polished ones are almost as good...
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    Shrinking those Techniks (or really any...

    Shrinking those Techniks (or really any traditional shrink fit) holders for anything under .250 is a bitch. You have to turn the holder into molten lava before the holes open up enough. The other...
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    Not to be a jerk, but please don't clutter up the...

    Not to be a jerk, but please don't clutter up the replies with random guesses. The first two companies on your list don't even make machines that large.
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    I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt,...

    I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that Mazak isn't actually sending requests from their website to the distributor. I bought a machine about a year ago. Asked for a quote...
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