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    Yes doing a mechanical evaluation of the machine...

    Yes doing a mechanical evaluation of the machine is a good idea.

    One thing worth noting: I am very sure that tuning the servos 'stiff' will cause mechanical problems much sooner than the stock...
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    I honestly didn't realize that bluetooth on...

    I honestly didn't realize that bluetooth on calipers/micrometers had become as common/cheap as it is until I was researching to make sure I was answering this question correctly... Pretty awesome...
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    From a quick look around it seems the 32MP...

    From a quick look around it seems the 32MP control is actually just an 88HS and a PC welded together to make life a little easier in some aspects... I have run the 88HS a fair bit but never the 32MP....
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    Most of the bluetooth calipers seem like they...

    Most of the bluetooth calipers seem like they essentially emulate a keyboard and send over the data like you typed it in using a bluetooth keyboard... It should work exactly as you stated it, click...
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    Not at all! In fact there are several reliable...

    Not at all! In fact there are several reliable software suites for encryption/decryption of data that are free and open source.

    I don't know what the current state-of-the-art is, but last time I...
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    I understand being skeptical of cloud services,...

    I understand being skeptical of cloud services, and honestly I think being skeptical of putting data in other people's hands is also totally fair... But if cloud services were as full of holes as you...
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    Ok Conrad, you can't drop drool inducing specs...

    Ok Conrad, you can't drop drool inducing specs like this and casually claim that you shook at 4K FPS regularly and then not show us video!!!! :D I for one want to see some of that footage!

    I'm...
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    High frame rate video cameras are mucho...

    High frame rate video cameras are mucho expensive, if you really want to go that route it might be best just to rent one for a day... The cheapest high framerate camera I know of is the Chronos 1.4...
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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...
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    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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