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  1. Hi PS: In addition to what Gregor has stated...

    Hi PS:

    In addition to what Gregor has stated above, I would also add things like "safe start" blocks at every toolchange, so that you can do mid-program restarts w/o having to worry if your...
  2. Hi MachineAmateur: Here's just one more vote...

    Hi MachineAmateur:


    Here's just one more vote in favor of learning G-code (to at least some basic level of proficiency).

    If you are the sort of person who is comfortable learning on your own,...
  3. Hi Gregor: "Back on topic, nobody else going...

    Hi Gregor:

    "Back on topic, nobody else going to chime in? I was hoping to hear about Esprit, NX CAM etc."

    This is not quite what you're after, but maybe it's a useful data point anyway(?):...
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    Hi Adam: Boosted mentioned TopSolid, so I'll...

    Hi Adam:

    Boosted mentioned TopSolid, so I'll chime in here as s TS user (though unfortunately w/o any API automation experience). TS has what they call "Methods" which are sorta like macros with...
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    Hi Mutiny: I'm curious to know if the...

    Hi Mutiny:

    I'm curious to know if the difference between "simulation and reality" happened while the machine was in a feed move, or in rapid....IOW, do you think it's really a CAM simulation...
  6. Hi Mutiny: boosted has mentioned TopSolid in...

    Hi Mutiny:

    boosted has mentioned TopSolid in an earlier post so I figured I'd chime in as well; we've used it for quite a while (~2005 I think...?), and switched over to the V7 program about 2...
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    3D Connexion SpaceMouse

    I use a "SpaceMouse Enterprise" in both Solidworks and TopSolid, and find it useful. I've also got one of their mice (a "CadMouse" with the cord, not cordless). I wouldn't call them world-changing,...
  8. Regarding the role that CAM s/w plays in HSM, I'd...

    Regarding the role that CAM s/w plays in HSM, I'd be curious to hear what programs folks are using out there, and how the various programs compare to each other.

    It seems like the first one we'd...
  9. Hi Mechanola: First off: we use TopSolid 7...

    Hi Mechanola:

    First off: we use TopSolid 7 here, but don't do any turning with it, so my ability to help you with those particulars is limited.

    Do you have a VAR/dealer that you are happy with?...
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    "Foundations of Mechanical Accuracy"

    I realize that I'm a little late to the party and that you've already got some nice things for your husband, but I'd like to suggest the following book: "Foundations of Mechanical Accuracy" by Wayne...
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    While reading this thread I was reminded of...

    While reading this thread I was reminded of what's-his-name (help me out here, folks!) who was often advocating for the ownership and operation of a hotdog cart (and *not* a machine shop, ahem).
    ...
  12. Hi Michael: Just sent you a PM. Cheers,...

    Hi Michael:

    Just sent you a PM.

    Cheers, Brian
  13. Fred!

    Did somebody say "Fred?" (Not sure what folks here will think of this, but nothing ventured nothing gained....this is probably a fusion masterpiece of sorts for folks who like that sort of thing). A...
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    Constant SFM with ball nose tools

    Hi G00:

    While I haven't used this particular option, it does exist in the CAM program I use here, TopSolid.256890
  15. Hi Matt: Just sent you a PM... Hang in...

    Hi Matt:

    Just sent you a PM...

    Hang in there!

    Cheers, Brian
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    Hi Cammista: I have sent you a PM with...

    Hi Cammista:

    I have sent you a PM with information about a users group on Slack.

    Thanks, Brian
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    Hi Cole: These were published on the MMS web...

    Hi Cole:

    These were published on the MMS web site long ago, but they're still relevant of course. Enjoy!

    Key CNC Concept #4—The Forms Of Compensation :


    Modern Machine Shop
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    Hi Kristian: I'm late to the party as...

    Hi Kristian:

    I'm late to the party as usual-sorry.

    How about this for an idea(s): Do you have an old centering microscope (like they used with jig borers, etc)? Pick up one edge of your...
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    Hi Nero81: First off, I'm *not* a Catia user,...

    Hi Nero81:

    First off, I'm *not* a Catia user, so take this with a grain of salt as they say....but if your simulation accurately depicts the surface finish of your part, my first guess is that one...
  20. Just my opinion, but len_1962 really hits the...

    Just my opinion, but len_1962 really hits the nail on the head! Taking the time to learn new stuff (s/w in this particular case) can be difficult to jam into an otherwise busy day/week/year/life, but...
  21. Wow, great to read all of the crazy tales....glad...

    Wow, great to read all of the crazy tales....glad the OP is (mostly) OK! Long ago, while roughing some 4140 (I *think*) on the engine lathe, I got a chip on my tongue-briefly, thank god! It hurt, but...
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    In Topsolid you can choose to maintain a constant...

    In Topsolid you can choose to maintain a constant feedrate/decrease feedrate in angles by a couple of different methods, but you do still have to *choose* to do so. I suppose that you could save this...
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    Hi Dave: Just sent you a PM.... Cheers,...

    Hi Dave:

    Just sent you a PM....

    Cheers, Brian
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    Hi Matt: I haven't gone as far as looking up...

    Hi Matt:

    I haven't gone as far as looking up the p/n, but is there a carbide keyseat cutter you could use the next time? I have a hard time believing that you could have nearly as much runout with...
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    Hi RC: Not a problem....send them along! Check...

    Hi RC:

    Not a problem....send them along! Check your inbox for a PM.

    Cheers, Brian
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