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  1. @digger - the charmille had polishing cycles that...

    @digger - the charmille had polishing cycles that removed very very little material, usually ran after 2 finish cuts. The problem with that is cycle time. I would guestimate (non submerged like the...
  2. Yes, on a wire edm you are using the wire to pick...

    Yes, on a wire edm you are using the wire to pick up your parts, if that is what you are asking...?

    The charmilles I ran had multiple pick up strategies, including, wire alignment to part (before...
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    Just an idea, could they be done with some...

    Just an idea, could they be done with some fixturing, maybe a few different ones to match the angles? Doesn't look like it needs 5 axis, but that is just what I can see from the pic. Sure multi...
  4. Not sure what brand of machine you have, but on...

    Not sure what brand of machine you have, but on older charmilles they had built in cycles to align the wire to the workpiece. I think you could even automate it by inserting the proper command into...
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    Definitely go with a form tap for aluminum!! We...

    Definitely go with a form tap for aluminum!! We use everything from accupro brand to balax. Modified bottoming thread. With a standard 118deg drill point you can tap a 0-80 to .020" shorter than...
  6. What exactly are you grinding on them? I see the...

    What exactly are you grinding on them? I see the flatness spec so I ass-u-me the faces? I think +/-.0001" flatness over a 6" diameter (again, assuming here) is going to be pretty damn tough. I would...
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    We rigid form tap 0-80 all the time. BUT it's all...

    We rigid form tap 0-80 all the time. BUT it's all for our own product line so we aren't gaging to a 2b or 3b spec...
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    I think that is pretty standard in big companies....

    I think that is pretty standard in big companies. I had to sign a contract (with binding arbitration agreement) when I took a job out of state for relocation expense to be paid back. 1 year or less...
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    OT- Screw craigslist and ebay, facebook...

    OT-

    Screw craigslist and ebay, facebook marketplace is the way to go for selling low'ish value stuff, free, and people contact you directly if interested.

    Back on topic, to OP. I don't think...
  10. @ekretz - Unless you have a need to do some fancy...

    @ekretz - Unless you have a need to do some fancy super tight tolerance angles and radii, I would get a budget version like I linked, $500-$800'ish, or maybe even ebay something to see how often you...
  11. We bond pins (steel, brass) into aluminum, brass,...

    We bond pins (steel, brass) into aluminum, brass, and gold plated aluminum. Don't know any certain "formula", but it is a 2 part 5 minute epoxy. Note, these are just to hold in place, they are tiny...
  12. Don't know about a specif brand, but I've used...

    Don't know about a specif brand, but I've used this style and they work really well if you keep them cleaned so the slides work smoothly. I think these cover most of the functions as you can do...
  13. Tungsten? McMaster-Carr...

    Tungsten?

    McMaster-Carr

    It actually machines quite nice, not sure if it will hold a polish or not.

    edit: I guess it's probably not "unique" as there are quite alot of jewelry pieces made...
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    @greg - I didn't just stumble on The Far Side...

    @greg - I didn't just stumble on The Far Side :nutter:

    I had not seen that comic before, or if I had it was before I was a member here....
  15. I worked on a 5axis Mazak line that had a robot...

    I worked on a 5axis Mazak line that had a robot (a trolley more like) that served 4 machines. Had 2 load stations, and did exactly what you describe. It would wait if the pallet stations were full,...
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    OT a very funny comic for PM members

    The Far Side Comic Strip by Gary Larson - Official Website | TheFarSide.com

    Just stumbled on this. Maybe someone should cross post this in the metrology forum...? :stirthepot: :stirthepot:
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    Damn! Tough crowd.... :gossip:

    Damn! Tough crowd.... :gossip:
  18. Sounds like you are done with this customer...

    Sounds like you are done with this customer regardless of anything that might happen in the future...

    Direct his email address to your spam account and don't answer his calls and/or block his...
  19. I don't know... When I worked at a shop that did...

    I don't know... When I worked at a shop that did our own black oxide back in 2013, I had some of personal tools done. No rust to this day, and I don't oil them. I also don't abuse them and get them...
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    Sample code? machine type/control did it...

    Sample code?

    machine type/control

    did it work before, was it crashed?

    Need lots more info
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    Maybe it's just me, but a cmm tool builder is a...

    Maybe it's just me, but a cmm tool builder is a far cry from a surface plate in a shop. That said, I have worked places both ways. Some only had an inspection grade plate in the quality lab, with B...
  22. Can't speak about production with them, but I...

    Can't speak about production with them, but I used one a few years ago on a bridgeport boss machine. You are right, the graphics are top notch!

    My WAG is alot of it (the control) wouldn't be...
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    IIRC, the guy I used to work with is running one...

    IIRC, the guy I used to work with is running one of them now at his new job. Think he said the price was around 400k??!! Even if he added an extra zero, 40k even makes it more or less out of reach...
  24. A few jobs ago I worked at a very large corp that...

    A few jobs ago I worked at a very large corp that was ISO and AS9100 certified (?). Their "incoming inspection" was just looking at the supplied paperwork and checking the boxes. :rolleyes5:

    I...
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    Pretty neat! I am guessing the metallic drive (vs...

    Pretty neat! I am guessing the metallic drive (vs belt or rubber, etc) allows it to slip if the tap bottoms out? A couple of time you can see the tap come to a full stop, but video at that point is...
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