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    Yeah but engraving all those ONES and ZEROS on...

    Yeah but engraving all those ONES and ZEROS on there will take forever!
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    I looked into this a little while ago and came...

    I looked into this a little while ago and came away with a couple of learnings/thoughts. Some of them have been mentioned in this thread previously but I thought I would put them down in one place...
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    Your ISP will treat that email service they...

    Your ISP will treat that email service they provide like a cost center. They want to spend as little on it as possible, it costs them money to provide it. I trust ISPs about as far as I can throw...
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    Yes, there are lots of options! Shared...

    Yes, there are lots of options!

    Shared hosting is not necessarily bad, as long as you pay a little extra to make sure you get a dedicated IP address for your slice of the shared web-server.
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    Glad to hear it went well!

    If you're seeing zero backlash now then likely it will stay that way for a while! Unlikely to change in the short term.
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    I will admit that I have gotten distracted by...

    I will admit that I have gotten distracted by other reading first! I will make sure to check that out today!

    As an aside I got a ridiculous eBay find the other day: bought a Maxtek TM-350 rate...
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    Same for me, been happening in my business Gmail...

    Same for me, been happening in my business Gmail for a couple of weeks I think.

    The solution is to go through your spam inbox and click 'not spam' on all the emails. If you do this enough it will...
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    Nice! Thank-you!

    Nice! Thank-you!
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    Another supplier that looks good: McVac MCVAC...

    Another supplier that looks good: McVac MCVAC Manufacturing Co. Inc. | Vacuum Coated Instruments | Syracuse NY

    They do not have pricing online unfortunately but they are responsive on the phone...
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    Unfortunately I can't select the material on this...

    Unfortunately I can't select the material on this basis. M2 has a *much* higher carbide volume than A2 does, which contributes to it's temper resistance and high level of hot hardness, but also...
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    Just found another really interesting supplier:...

    Just found another really interesting supplier: Fil-Tech (Quality Quartz Crystals & Thin Film Hardware Manufacturer | Fil-Tech)

    They have vacuum gauges, rate monitors/controllers, sensor heads and...
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    No so much marketing as simply appearance. I had...

    No so much marketing as simply appearance. I had a lot of customers who wanted a non-reflective black blade... Previously I delivered that with a firearms spray coating called Cerakote, which had...
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    I really appreciate this comment! For some reason...

    I really appreciate this comment! For some reason I had not looked at arc sources much, instead I had mainly been focusing on planar magnetron sources, but after your comment I did a fair bit of...
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    Awesome feedback and responses guys, thank you...

    Awesome feedback and responses guys, thank you very much for taking the time!

    I am planning to forge ahead with a very simple resistive thermal evaporation system as the 'first step'. As I said...
  15. I think you'll do just fine, just take your time...

    I think you'll do just fine, just take your time and make sure to remember where everything goes :) Quick photos with a smartphone during disassembly can be a life saver!

    Also: pulling the dead...
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    Thanks for the links Robert! I remember speaking...

    Thanks for the links Robert! I remember speaking with my vendor about how the coating actually had a couple of layers in it, but hadn't heard about anything beyond a Chromium Nitride adhesion coat...
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    Thanks David! I have heard others mention that...

    Thanks David! I have heard others mention that book a few times but hadn't yet picked up a copy, I will get that today!
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    Buying used and fixing things up is how I operate...

    Buying used and fixing things up is how I operate pretty much all the time anyway so no issue there. I hate being in debt and like to keep my fixed costs low so I have pretty much operated my...
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    Hey guys! Really appreciate all the info in your...

    Hey guys!
    Really appreciate all the info in your responses, thank-you for taking the time! Lots of great info there that I will unpack with further reading!

    Just so you guys know: this is not...
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    Fixed that for you! :) I have been having good...

    Fixed that for you! :)

    I have been having good luck on ebay so far sourcing components. On average it seems like I've been able to find used components in good condition for about 1/10th of what...
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    Just looked that system up, looks pretty awesome!...

    Just looked that system up, looks pretty awesome! Part of me wishes I had the money just to buy an off-the-shelf system, but then I feel like I'd also be missing out on the fun (and frustration) of...
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    The ultimate goal is to get setup to apply DLC...

    The ultimate goal is to get setup to apply DLC coatings myself, definitely not inventing anything new. I understand that it's going to be a bumpy road to get there but I've been having so many vendor...
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    I knew there would be at least a couple of people...

    I knew there would be at least a couple of people on here with relevant experience, I appreciate you chiming in!

    I will check out the vendors mentioned, thank you.

    I was wondering about epoxy...
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    Yes sir, will do! I saw McMaster has vented...

    Yes sir, will do! I saw McMaster has vented stainless cap screws as a standard item which is great.
  25. Glad to be able to help mate! Let me know if you...

    Glad to be able to help mate! Let me know if you have any issues... I am no not a HAAS guy but there is a lot similar between most VMCs!

    My channel is on YouTube under the name Gough Custom:...
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