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    I wonder if there's an AI or script opportunity...

    I wonder if there's an AI or script opportunity here. User joins xometry as supplier, and also sets up/trains this AI (or script, or tool) to scan the board, and reject all jobs that are silly (for...
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    Well, historically, other complicated shapes have...

    Well, historically, other complicated shapes have been made in volume using special machines, or somewhat more general machines driven by various templates.
    (See various videos of how wooden...
  3. @msayani2 - I know zilch about oil/gas or the...

    @msayani2 - I know zilch about oil/gas or the related industries, but I have used a 5-axis machine for some time, and studied them a great deal.

    My first advice to you is that for ANY machine, you...
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    Another thought - if you have a work mix that...

    Another thought - if you have a work mix that contains, say, 50% wild 3+2 parts, and 50% large plates that you need to drill holes in, then a VR style machine might work out better than a trunnion...
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    I'm not sure for a machine in this size range. ...

    I'm not sure for a machine in this size range. For rather larger machines (think the big bridge or gantry mills - Fidia, Brandtmann, etc.) they are very often two axis heads.
    I think even the very...
  6. Great link @PROBE - so a key point is that this...

    Great link @PROBE - so a key point is that this device appears to function like an optical tool setter, rather than the "touch wire" laser approach. Whether it is better, worse, the same, I don't...
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    I gave up on very tall ladders (above say 8ft or...

    I gave up on very tall ladders (above say 8ft or so) after trying to manipulate a very tall one, and JUST missed taking out a sprinkler head (which would have flooded the shop and summoned the fire...
  8. Mtndew - that is indeed the...

    Mtndew - that is indeed the consumes-only-one-tool spot size limit, and it's for a haas with the 50 station ATC (which should arrive literally any day now.) Yes, I could devote more tool spots to...
  9. What I actually meant (I discovered after...

    What I actually meant (I discovered after searching) was a face/shoulder mill mounted to a very long arbor - the ones CarbidBob points to are great find.
    (As usual finding the right search term will...
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    dana gear - my one observation is that the laser...

    dana gear - my one observation is that the laser welder under discussion is probably a fiber laser, and probably 1.06um rather than 10.6 - a little past 1000nanometers rather than just past 10...
  11. Looking for inserted mill with large effective shank for 40 taper machine

    The goal: Effectively a 50mm or 2" cutting diameter reduced neck endmill (but with neck very close to 50mm) that would fit on a cat40 tool holder. And no tool diameter larger than 2.5" - because...
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    Larry, you can get free standing electric heaters...

    Larry, you can get free standing electric heaters (bascially big toaster coils) that run on 120. I got on at Grainger some years ago. It does not heat the shop by any stretch - but if I'm working...
  13. What does that fine stamper device cost? (It...

    What does that fine stamper device cost? (It looks quick, and easy to apply to workpieces in the "normal" size range - but I wonder how hard it is to apply for larger piece that will be held by 2...
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    Well, yes I have a DMU 60 - which is a monoblock...

    Well, yes I have a DMU 60 - which is a monoblock (1 main casting.) - simultaneous 5-axis, Heidenhain iTNC530

    The head is indeed a B-swivel head, but it's 30° one way and 120° the other. C axis...
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    The biggest disruption in recent years is...

    The biggest disruption in recent years is probably the coming of Tormach. Sneer all you want they've got a lot of shops of varying sorts into CNC. And note that this is largely about applying...
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    regard the pricing on the 1500-DUO - depending on...

    regard the pricing on the 1500-DUO - depending on what size 3-axis table and what size 5-axis trunnion platter you need or want, it would seem that a pair of machines (say a VF4 or VF5 + UMC500)...
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    @dkmc "I thought fire sprinkler systems were...

    @dkmc "I thought fire sprinkler systems were 'charged' with compressed air and the pipes were dry?"

    There are systems like that. But another very common system is "wet" (mine is such a system.) ...
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    So, in my shop, it's a "code violation" to heat...

    So, in my shop, it's a "code violation" to heat one side Iwith central heat, workstation heaters do not count) past a level to keep the sprinkler pipes from freezing. But also a requirement to heat...
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    I was pretty interested when I first saw the 1500...

    I was pretty interested when I first saw the 1500 duo in my inbox this morning. But on reflection, wouldn't it be better to have 2 machines, one 3-axis for cutting dovetails (and cutting them off...
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    Uber might be a good example - I've talked to...

    Uber might be a good example - I've talked to Uber drivers who like it because they fill in their day with it making some money. One guy drives a corporate bus for a local software firm, then...
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    Hey Phil - nice video, and a question.... It...

    Hey Phil - nice video, and a question....

    It appears that the tool changer on that machine is some kind of chain arrangement rather than a turret. Is that true or some kind of visual trick?
    ...
  22. Oddly, cars are one of the rare things where a...

    Oddly, cars are one of the rare things where a list price is in fact required by law....
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    I wonder if the China thing comes down to...

    I wonder if the China thing comes down to volume. As there's a shop that specializes in mostly flat plates with holes in them, has programmers/setup/etc. all sorted out, and of course, only quote...
  24. I disagree - I think there'd still be sales...

    I disagree - I think there'd still be sales people - to do the things that good sales people do. Answer questions. Point out that if you get option A, you really need option B with it. Etc....
  25. And now a word about "how well does it pay".... ...

    And now a word about "how well does it pay"....

    Stephan's post illustrates a key point. For most of the channels we talk about, the total money (at least as seen by socialblade) isn't all...
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