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  1. Enough to know what I really like and what I...

    Enough to know what I really like and what I really hate.

    :dunce:
  2. Would rock wool stand up to the temperatures...

    Would rock wool stand up to the temperatures you're working with? I think it melts at around 2,000*F? It comes in bulk so you can just grab a fresh chunk whenever you need. Just poke it with a...
  3. The 'AXA' brand is a Multifix clone, not an...

    The 'AXA' brand is a Multifix clone, not an Aloris clone. Was your mention of clones inclusive of the Multifix system or did you mean to refer only to Aloris clones? Because Aloris and Multifix are...
  4. Has anyone had experience with German 'AXA' brand...

    Has anyone had experience with German 'AXA' brand multifix holders and posts? From what little I can dig up on them they seem to be pretty decent except for one minor quirk with the clamping cam -...
  5. It's very interesting playing with Synchronous...

    It's very interesting playing with Synchronous mode (the default, vs more traditional 'Ordered') in Solid Edge. Being able to grab finished features and adjust them directly versus going back into...
  6. I haven't really made anything worth exporting...

    I haven't really made anything worth exporting yet, but this is the 'save as' file type dropdown menu:

    319153

    It does appear to include STEP files... along with .OBJ, .STL and .FBX which are...
  7. I haven't looked at this thread in a while, but...

    I haven't looked at this thread in a while, but I've been playing around with Siemens Solid Edge: Community Edition a little bit and so far it checks all my boxes. Smooth, responsive, intuitive,...
  8. Yeah, Blender is weird. That's open source for...

    Yeah, Blender is weird. That's open source for you.

    Blender is to art as FreeCAD is to CAD. But it's gotten a lot better since 2.80.

    2.7x and earlier was just plain f*cked. Now it's got...
  9. Thanks for the replies. I'm a tinkerer and I...

    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm a tinkerer and I am badly in need of a creative outlet. CAD is the best way for me to get my ideas out. A lot of what I need to do involves modeling complex...
  10. Fully-constrained parametric CAD options - similar to Solvespace, Alibre?

    I'm continuing my long-running hunt for parametric CAD options. I've tested several different offerings but none have been entirely to my liking. I'm wondering if anyone might have more suggestions...
  11. Quick-change tool posts of first-world origin

    I'm on the hunt for a quick change tool post and some holders for my lathe. 'BXA' size or equivalent for a 13" swing. I would like to consider options of first world origin only. US, CA, EU, UK,...
  12. ABB, Schneider, Westinghouse, Danfoss... Any...

    ABB, Schneider, Westinghouse, Danfoss...

    Any of the real industrial brands will work well.

    Not "Dang-Ling-Wang ltd." or equivalent.
  13. I've had good luck with ABB ACS150 drives. ...

    I've had good luck with ABB ACS150 drives. Small, but full-featured. Can program them to do anything you want as long as you've got the manual. Models with single phase rectifiers are available.
    ...
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    The trouble with owning a lathe that pretty is...

    The trouble with owning a lathe that pretty is that it will never actually get used.

    One scratch and you'll be kicking yourself for days.

    Side note - is that oil pan under the gearbox an...
  15. https://youtu.be/zXRFqoDGcgs?t=149 Sure...

    https://youtu.be/zXRFqoDGcgs?t=149

    Sure wouldn't want to be standing next to it, fiddling with the controls on top of it or watching the process inside with my face right up to the glass. Little...
  16. Frankly I'd rather face flying shards of plastic...

    Frankly I'd rather face flying shards of plastic rather than glass if something does go wrong. Unless it's pressure-rated borosilicate, I'm just not going to go there.
  17. I actually just selected the o-rings using...

    I actually just selected the o-rings using McMaster's catalogue. Found the column for the thickness I need, traced it down to the fractional "trade size" ID and OD that I need and wrote down the...
  18. Frankly I'd have figured they're not even safe...

    Frankly I'd have figured they're not even safe for one. A pickle jar is semi-cylindrical, yes... but the glass is thin, roughly formed, of (relatively) poor grade and not uniform at all. It doesn't...
  19. Equipment grounding conductor integrity cannot be...

    Equipment grounding conductor integrity cannot be such that it is contingent on the presence of a device either. This means no daisy-chaining through device terminals. Pigtail everything. E.g....
  20. Lol, as I said... cosmetics. I could just run to...

    Lol, as I said... cosmetics. I could just run to Fleet Farm and grab a rigid nipple and two end caps (provided I can make it through the check-out line without getting added to the ATF watch list). ...
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    Got a spare 40-50 horse VFD lying around? ...

    Got a spare 40-50 horse VFD lying around? :dunce:

    3 phase power to a rectifier to a DC bus to an inverter to generate... usable 3 phase power?

    Or maybe just rig up a control wire between the...
  22. You can run whatever voltage you want to...

    You can run whatever voltage you want to door-mounted controls. 120VAC is a common control voltage to see with 30mm (bulletin 800T, etc.) pushbuttons, selector switches, indicator lights, etc.
    ...
  23. I'm looking at roughly 3"ID by 12" long, 1/8"...

    I'm looking at roughly 3"ID by 12" long, 1/8" wall poly tubing. McMaster lists it as suitable for use at 100PSI.

    Catalogue number 9176T17.

    Close enough?

    Going with clear tubing and end-caps...
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    Static VAR generators - as in capacitor banks? ...

    Static VAR generators - as in capacitor banks?

    Paying extra to tank your power factor and then get billed for it?

    At 40-some cents per kWh *before* power factor charges I'd sooner give the...
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    Read: monthly blackouts and brownouts that cause...

    Read: monthly blackouts and brownouts that cause uncontrolled shutdowns of CNC machines.

    Unless you know of some other piece of equipment capable of taking up the full load on a 1200A service...
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