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    Then collets would work perfectly!

    Then collets would work perfectly!
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    Yes, this. What if the parts come in .005"...

    Yes, this.

    What if the parts come in .005" over nominal? That can make fitting into collets a giant PITA, especially a collet type that has low range of motion.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    Thought I would update this thread with my...

    Thought I would update this thread with my experience so far ...

    I've done 10 Xometry jobs. Some I didn't make enough, some I made extra. Average, I'd say within 20% of where I normally want to...
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    Collet blocks aren't all that dense, and are...

    Collet blocks aren't all that dense, and are pretty expensive. If the TIR requirements are not severe, I would look at some sort of Pitbull or Versa Clamp fixture. Make 2 of them, and have the...
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    Pretty simple really -- it's super-contagious,...

    Pretty simple really -- it's super-contagious, and 2-3% of folks that catch it die. Regular "flu" that you might have gotten a shot for is more like .1%.

    Average annual US regular flu cases are...
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    For me it's simple. I look at a long-scale view...

    For me it's simple. I look at a long-scale view of the global temperature record:

    Global temperature record - Wikipedia

    Then look at a short-scale view of the same:

    Global temperature record...
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    Here is how I make sharp-corner soft jaws: ...

    Here is how I make sharp-corner soft jaws:

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    There is a relief radius in each corner, but it is just enough to clear the corner, and the relief radius is filleted back into the part...
  8. Ha ha, you're "that guy" ;) . Regards. Mike

    Ha ha, you're "that guy" ;) .

    Regards.

    Mike
  9. I know a guy that has a 700 with only a few...

    I know a guy that has a 700 with only a few inches of free space on the sides. AFAICT it has no effect on running the machine.

    My 700 has 30" from the back of the cabinet to the wall. Hasn't been...
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    Most of the Boeing work that I see and do...

    Most of the Boeing work that I see and do (infrastructure machinery, not airplane parts) has long lead times. An automated riveting or fiber winding machine gets ordered long before it is scheduled...
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    I'm getting some decent jobs. Just completed #5....

    I'm getting some decent jobs. Just completed #5. One job I made ~125% of shop rate. One job was ~60%, a couple were 80%.

    95% of the jobs I see are weird enough that I'd make a minor fraction of...
  12. It depends ... Good customer who sends out a...

    It depends ...

    Good customer who sends out a lot of RFQ's, but they generally send RFQ's to multiple shops -- no prose, just "No quote".
    Good customer that I have a tighter relationship with --...
  13. I have literally 1000’s of extra parts. Once in...

    I have literally 1000’s of extra parts. Once in awhile a customer will ask for “a couple of those things you made us back in 2017.” OK, once in a really long while that happens. But it happens.
    ...
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    But, what’s causing it? Maybe your new pullstuds...

    But, what’s causing it? Maybe your new pullstuds are going to look like that soon.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    Nope, long gone since a long time ago. Sorry :o....

    Nope, long gone since a long time ago. Sorry :o.

    Regards.

    Mike
  16. While we're on the subject ... how about 8xD 1/2"...

    While we're on the subject ... how about 8xD 1/2" coolant-thru?

    Regards.

    Mike
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    I had a Quincy 5 HP piston compressor before...

    I had a Quincy 5 HP piston compressor before getting my screw compressor. I tried a fairly nice/expensive muffler on the intake, and IME, it did very little to quiet the machine.

    Regards.

    Mike
  18. Any old Mori Seiki experts here? My SL-2B alarms out when I rapid in Z

    Hi guys,

    I have a 1980 Mori Seiki SL-2B. Yasnac control, Yaskawa DC servos. Suddenly last week, the machine raised a #35 alarm ("Overload") when rapiding in Z. It now does this 100% of the time...
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    Mine, and probably Kaeser as well, have a...

    Mine, and probably Kaeser as well, have a significant run-on timer to keep everything going for a few minutes after the high pressure switch trips. This is to ensure all the moisture in the air end...
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    I would just get a large (like 120gal) auxiliary...

    I would just get a large (like 120gal) auxiliary tank and hook it up to the Kaeser. The Kaeser will want to run for several minutes at a time so it heats up, as opposed to frequent short bursts, but...
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    I did a job yesterday that actually made good...

    I did a job yesterday that actually made good money on. I happened to have 1-7/8" black acetal round rod on-hand. 4 hours start to finish.

    But, it is about 10% of the jobs that I have been seeing,...
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    I could be wrong, but I think G41 has to be...

    I could be wrong, but I think G41 has to be immediately followed by a G1. That G1 is where the offset happens. I could be wrong.

    Regards.

    Mike
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    Go for it then, it's been sitting there since...

    Go for it then, it's been sitting there since Monday.

    On edit ...

    *** Never mind, I saw you were booked up already. ***
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    Based on your experience, what would Xometry...

    Based on your experience, what would Xometry finishing charge for 1-day turnaround Type II black on 3x 33.5" x 6.5" x 1" parts? One challenge I have with Xometry finishing is by the time I get a bid...
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    How about J001CA6B? 3x pieces 1x 33.5" x 6.5"...

    How about J001CA6B?

    3x pieces
    1x 33.5" x 6.5" x 1" (start with 34" x 7" of 1-1/4" plate)
    2x 3" x 3" x 1/2"
    Type II black
    6-day turnaround
    ~$1,000

    2 days to make them, assuming you had...
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