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  1. I sweep and mop every week! I also wipe down...

    I sweep and mop every week! I also wipe down machines periodically, dust shelves, etc. I've seen what 20-30 years of neglect can do in a machine shop (or anywhere, really) and it is easier to spend...
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    I have a TiCN coated 3-flute 2" LOC 1/2" diameter...

    I have a TiCN coated 3-flute 2" LOC 1/2" diameter GARR that I have been using for roughing and finishing aluminum for years. No idea how many thousands of cut hours are on it. I bought it when I...
  3. Thanks, Frank! I have a buddy that we poached...

    Thanks, Frank! I have a buddy that we poached from Yamazen at the old shop who is going to get me his probing macros and he can install the light, too. The Blum macros were not very good (unless...
  4. I was most excited about the new casting and the...

    I was most excited about the new casting and the angled way covers. It looks like the only chip management issues I ever saw on the X1s will have been solved.

    I did forget to order the patrol...
  5. I just had to pull the tool carousel cover to fit...

    I just had to pull the tool carousel cover to fit it under a 91" doorway. Set it in place and I'm running parts on the Okuma while doing the wiring and air line extension. I wanted to stick it in...
  6. New Machine(s) Day! Brother S700X2 and Hardinge GT-27SP

    New (and used) machines day! I needed another spindle to keep some of my products off backorder and also to support some additional job shop stuff I've taken on to help out a local shop with some...
  7. It also depends on stepover. I tend to treat...

    It also depends on stepover. I tend to treat these like a lathe tool and run a few stepovers. I just did an oddball 15/16"x16 thread in a part using Carmex inserted tooling and with a 0.790"...
  8. On my older Reflex it was just a standard RS-232...

    On my older Reflex it was just a standard RS-232 crossover wiring scheme. You can try a straight through and a crossover and it won't hurt anything - one should work.
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    I don't know Douglas Adams. I was just struck...

    I don't know Douglas Adams. I was just struck with the muse and I've thought a bit (or eight) about why FANUC is great and also why I hate them.
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    Nah I bought and ran a bunch at the last shop I...

    Nah I bought and ran a bunch at the last shop I ran so I should be fine. All the haters can just point out that I had a 30hp 44x22 CAT40 bridge mill first so clearly I could afford a flimsy machine...
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    Also, I know on some older machines if you have...

    Also, I know on some older machines if you have the rapids at 100% when you home it will overtravel. My Tak is like that.
  12. Thanks, but not my idea! I heard about it from...

    Thanks, but not my idea! I heard about it from someone else here, and have a local buddy that just implemented it in his shop.
  13. @implmex Just put the button in the work area...

    @implmex
    Just put the button in the work area and have the tool push the button.
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    Let me try this as a series of Haikus: I call...

    Let me try this as a series of Haikus:

    I call this one, "Lifecycle"

    Obsolesence, Fie!
    Parts were old when they were new.
    We still stock them all.

    This one is called "Thank the Gods for DNC"
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    Been too long between updates but I've been busy....

    Been too long between updates but I've been busy. The Takahashi will cut within 0.001" for a few bars, then move 0.003" in X, then move back a bar or two later. So rather than stick more money into...
  16. I'd ask this question in the main discussion...

    I'd ask this question in the main discussion forums.
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    I liked to limit to 1/2" tools, no more than 1.5"...

    I liked to limit to 1/2" tools, no more than 1.5" length of cut. I tended to use 4-8% stepovers at much greater speeds than I would on a 40 taper.

    I found on a 16k standard spindle that a 3/8"...
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    I've always had issues like this with Fusion when...

    I've always had issues like this with Fusion when not using smoothing in the toolpath. It could also be in your post processor options to force arcs or something like that.
  19. Without knowing what type of instrument, or what...

    Without knowing what type of instrument, or what the XRF was calibrated for, what kind of LODs and LOQs you can expect, etc. it is not possible to tell you if the results make sense.

    Shave off a...
  20. You could rough turn your own stock using a piece...

    You could rough turn your own stock using a piece of shit Chicom drumstick lathe.

    Personally I would make them in bars or sheets and tab them off if I had to use a mill.
  21. Those cuts sounded great. In F360 I use a...

    Those cuts sounded great.

    In F360 I use a pocketing strategy to finish the floors with an 80% stepover or so. Leaves a nice finish and pattern.

    I never used accuracy modes unless I was over or...
  22. Yeah but the tool breakage check will let you...

    Yeah but the tool breakage check will let you know if the carbide wasn't happy... :fight: ;)

    ETA: Oops too slow, this was in response to Gkoenig
  23. I'd put a Takisawa on that list as well. It...

    I'd put a Takisawa on that list as well. It should be similar in price and features/quality to the Okuma.

    I bought and ran an M08SY and it was a very capable machine. Not as much live tool HP or...
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    My memory is fuzzy, but we used G31 for pass off...

    My memory is fuzzy, but we used G31 for pass off to the sub spindle. You give it a feed rate, torque value, and position range, and have it advance to that position and it stops when it hits that...
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    Around here we also have Sharon Cutwell. All...

    Around here we also have Sharon Cutwell. All they do is customs and their pricing and minimum quantities were very reasonable for what I've gotten. Lead times were also very good.
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