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  1. It’s a little late but IMO any brand of CMM is...

    It’s a little late but IMO any brand of CMM is better than mitutoyo for one specific reason: The PCI card that connects our CMM to a PC does not come with a driver that will support an OS past...
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    I was always taught to not stop the wheel once...

    I was always taught to not stop the wheel once dressed so your touching off on a gauge block might add an extra layer of excitement that I’ll pass on =)

    AD gave you some good tips and I agree...
  3. I like Gibbs but am biased as I've been using it...

    I like Gibbs but am biased as I've been using it for nearly 10 years.

    Couldn't get much simpler for a 2 axis lathe outside of conversational perhaps. Only thing that is unnecessarily complex is...
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    Mostly likely you were quoted a workstation CAD...

    Mostly likely you were quoted a workstation CAD orientated card like a Quadro or FirePro (of several varieties).

    These cards can be had from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand. Even a...
  5. Take a look at something like this: Machining...

    Take a look at something like this: Machining Thin Walls and Floors
  6. This is a long thread and I haven’t read every...

    This is a long thread and I haven’t read every post but for the casein picks I would consider 3d printing a square shape with the pick profile in the middle, leave a slit in the profile for clamping...
  7. That only applies if you are using tool...

    That only applies if you are using tool centerline programming and offsetting the tool with the diameter column on something like a Haas. Most modern CAM systems are setup from stock to use tool edge...
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    If the font could be simplified there should be...

    If the font could be simplified there should be no issue doing engraving like that on a angled surface. Agreed though if the font has to be a serif one tilting or otherwise fixturing normal to that...
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    If you're worried about the drill grabbing, brass...

    If you're worried about the drill grabbing, brass the drill. Delrin won't care.

    I would not be adverse to drilling it half and half undersized and hitting it with a boring bar to pretty it up.
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    Create a 3d sketch and insert planes referencing...

    Create a 3d sketch and insert planes referencing that and see if that works.
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    WCS= Work Coordinate System ie the “XY” plane the...

    WCS= Work Coordinate System ie the “XY” plane the tool is working on. If you want the tool to come in 90* from the front face there’s a good chance you need a plane that is in the desired orientation.
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    I get the same error in gibbscam when trying to...

    I get the same error in gibbscam when trying to subtract bodies occasionally, you just have to work around it.
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    You can get similar angle boxes from from chinese...

    You can get similar angle boxes from from chinese sources for $10-20. I definitely would not pay grainger's price. All of them seem to have a hold function.

    I have been curious about these two...
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    Carbide PCB drills can be had in very high number...

    Carbide PCB drills can be had in very high number drill sizes and very affordably and come on a 1/8 or 3mm shank. Maybe they're suitable for your application.

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    Looks like post #2 beat me to...
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    The last time I ran CF we tried DLC coated tools...

    The last time I ran CF we tried DLC coated tools from Niagara and they weren't worth the extra cost. Supposedly they've changed the coating process to make it better but at the time I got the best...
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    Another name for a 2 flute endmill. A down cut...

    Another name for a 2 flute endmill.

    A down cut bit or a sacrificial topper to support the CF are probably the easy solutions but I've had good luck pecking 3mm holes on size with just a regular...
  17. “We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are...

    “We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.”

    Good...
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    How many parts are you trying to fit on a fixture?

    How many parts are you trying to fit on a fixture?
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    I don't have direct experience but I don't like...

    I don't have direct experience but I don't like this plan. A sawcut edge sitting in a pocket with only one contact point on either side of the stock (one pitbull and the pocket) while you profile it?...
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    Little ironic don't you think?

    Little ironic don't you think?
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    It’s based on your budget, presumably you’re not...

    It’s based on your budget, presumably you’re not making parts that go to space and have had success with a Haas so why jump off the deep end with more machine than you need?

    We have an Okuma...
  22. The worst I’ve seen was a fuel cell compression...

    The worst I’ve seen was a fuel cell compression plate, roughly 20” lo g dog bone shaped with 3d surfaced ports. Pretty much the only tolerances on the part were various profile tolerance GDT callouts...
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    It’s pretty hard to beat something like a...

    It’s pretty hard to beat something like a VF/VM3SS considering your budget. Hell you can get into a UMC750 for about $145k with a 12k spindle.

    I’m not a big Haas fanboy but with them you’d have...
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    That sounds like most modern consumer goods. ...

    That sounds like most modern consumer goods.

    You said that you found hundreds of defects upon inspection. What percentage of previous production would you estimate had (has?) the fault? And if...
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    What kind of stone? I assume carbide would cut...

    What kind of stone?

    I assume carbide would cut most stones to some degree but any inclusions would spell quick death for carbide tooling.

    Maybe look at some cheap diamond points from China or...
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