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  1. Thread: Apogee

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    Well it certainly has been a few odd weeks...

    Well it certainly has been a few odd weeks running out the over spill, just a couple of machines running on some UAV work. the upside is I get to look at all those maintenance items that get pushed...
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    No it doesn't, I probe the part for example at...

    No it doesn't, I probe the part for example at B0.0 and set G54. If I index the pallet to say 45 degrees the part has now moved and G54 is still where it originally was so you can either assign...
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    HMC System variables

    As I have a bit of free time at the moment due to the current world situation I thought I would tidy up how we probe and index our parts on our pallet machines and write a few macros. I have been...
  4. Thread: Apogee

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    Thanks for the suggestions, it did improve the...

    Thanks for the suggestions, it did improve the results. Well what a weird time we are operating in. In 14 years of business we have never really been quite or slow and now we are looking at wrapping...
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    Thanks for the suggestions, I have tried running...

    Thanks for the suggestions, I have tried running it faster but I just end up with destroyed inserts even though they are ones for interrupted cuts but I haven't reduced the DOC to 0.2 Running the...
  6. Thread: Apogee

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    We are currently roughing out some large diameter...

    We are currently roughing out some large diameter aluminium, currently on the second roughing opp that requires a set of internal soft jaws to hold the part. This is one of my pet hates turning large...
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    Thanks Wheelieking. The next custom job is to...

    Thanks Wheelieking.

    The next custom job is to reverse engineer this Arrows A3 steering rack and reproduce all the components for a new one.
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    A funny one. What happens when the swarf...
  8. Thread: Apogee

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    Finally got the case off the machine, cleaned...

    Finally got the case off the machine, cleaned debured and onto the cmm for final inspection. Always a little be tense waiting to see the results even though you are pretty sure you hit the numbers...
  9. Thread: Apogee

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    276958 The assembly of the line bar is all...

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    The assembly of the line bar is all programmed, so the pallets turns for you to slide the bar in then rotates around so you can bolt the plate on the back. The pallet then rotates back,...
  10. Thread: Apogee

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    276955 We also had to machine up a bushed plate...

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    We also had to machine up a bushed plate for the end of the line bar, this locates on the same dowels that the bearing housing does and so sets the gear location correctly.

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    Plate...
  11. Thread: Apogee

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    276950 Starting to get the features in. ...

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    Starting to get the features in.

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    Side plate location features for the diff.

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    Almost all done.

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  12. Thread: Apogee

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    Well this gearbox case as been one of the most...

    Well this gearbox case as been one of the most intensive things I have done to date, good fun but really gets you thinking with all the numbers.

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    Completing the first operation on...
  13. Thread: Apogee

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    Their used to be a few places that cast magnesium...

    Their used to be a few places that cast magnesium but their is really only one option left over here that will cast these type of parts, it gets harder and harder to do.

    The uprights are AZ57...
  14. Thread: Apogee

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    Thanks, Having a laser I have found it is very...

    Thanks, Having a laser I have found it is very efficient to be able to cut out a few bits of 12/15mm plate, weld them up into the the rough shape and then finish machine the important areas. That was...
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    The latest fun and games are a set of magnesium...

    The latest fun and games are a set of magnesium gearbox cases. In order to get the pallet to spin with out hitting the end of the casing we had to take out the interchange door between the pallets.
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    These were fun, a pair 17/4 PH Housing with 6...

    These were fun, a pair 17/4 PH Housing with 6 individual hydraulic circuits through them after about 30 hours.
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    A few of the items we have been doing lately. ...

    A few of the items we have been doing lately.

    Little inconel 625 parts.
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    Lotus 77 magnesium uprights:
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  18. Thread: Apogee

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    Yes to both really. Being only able to get gas...

    Yes to both really. Being only able to get gas one day a week from a major supplier is ridiculous so this gives us independence as you say, it also fixes our running costs.

    The generators use...
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    A new equipment day, well new to us. In order to...

    A new equipment day, well new to us. In order to run the laser with have to hold a number of 15 cylinder banks for nitrogen and oxygen purge gasses. Over the last few years this keeps adding up,...
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    Well it has been busy these last few months, a...

    Well it has been busy these last few months, a lot on and never enough time. One of our main customer bases is historic race cars. Normally we get a bunch of broken or worn out parts and have to re...
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    A quick one for anyone good on Mazaks. Our H415...

    A quick one for anyone good on Mazaks. Our H415 HMC with M Plus has decided to develop a weird quirk over the last few days. It will run for hours on end and then suddenly shut the controller off as...
  23. Thread: Apogee

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    Thanks, It always happens when you have deadlines...

    Thanks, It always happens when you have deadlines to hit!

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    Got the patterns cut.

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    A little bit of folding and welding later.

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    Thankfully it all fitted back together as I...
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    Started up the HMC and ran one cycle this...

    Started up the HMC and ran one cycle this morning, came back to unload the parts and found that it had somehow managed to chew up the front of one of the Z axis slideway covers. Why does it have to...
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    wheelieking sorry to hear the issues I don't know...

    wheelieking sorry to hear the issues I don't know how much I can advise but I can give you three examples of not too dissimilar situations. The one thing I found was that you need to try and have a...
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