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Old 05-09-2012, 02:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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That lathe looks familiar... I wonder where it came from

Has the 3 jaw chuck been put to any use, yet?

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Brass Freak compatible and Equation inserts in .665, .670, .675, .678, .680 and .685

Current Freak compatible inserts in stock:
.665 = 0, .670 = 16, .675 = 3, .678 = 4, .680 = 4, .682 = 4, .685 = 11

Still selling brass tubing, with .678 barrel stock now available!

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Old 05-09-2012, 02:28 AM   #12 (permalink)
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No in-depth CAM experience here, I'm the manual job and tooling/fixturing guy when I'm not setting and operating. I prefer it that way, usually programmers have to deal with more stress on a constant basis and I'd rather enjoy my job for a bit lower pay, especially now that I've got my own show to focus most of my energy on.

Next addition to the shop: Nice turret lathe... this Wade 94 most likely once it's reverted back to its original 3-phase drive (some ******* converted it to single phase operation... I hate single phase for machinery).



Six position turret (brass and hardwood handle, Velcor-approved), two-tool cross-slide attachment for turning/grooving, and part-off attachment which goes directly on the head around the spindle. All lever action of course. And I just bought a 35 piece 5C collet set for the Hardinge which means a full set for this machine as well

three words about the color scheme though: Boring as ****. Maybe we could do a Retro splash finish on it or something

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Old 05-09-2012, 03:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gawds I wish I had space for such a nice machine.

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Brass Freak compatible and Equation inserts in .665, .670, .675, .678, .680 and .685

Current Freak compatible inserts in stock:
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Still selling brass tubing, with .678 barrel stock now available!

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I got rid of the big Colchester and in its previous footprint have room for two machines that size
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:58 AM   #15 (permalink)
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That is a bada** little turret lathe.

Where I work almost everyone does programming, setup and operation. But most of our orders are for 1-5 parts so we are responsible for everything from drawing to part.

We use gibbs mainly. If I were doing higher production I would prefer mastercam. But for low run 5 axis operation I love gibbs. It is really easy once you start using it.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I've handled Gibbs and Mastercam a handful of times each and never been impressed with either of them. Still, they get used a lot. The top programmer here runs Openmind and it's actually really impressive, probably something I could deal with (the interface is nice and modern like the CAD software I run). Downside about afternoon shift is that there is nobody here to train me on the software... but on the flipside it gives me prime business hours for my own business
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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temporary Hardinge configuration is pumping out parts starting today:



such a smooth piece of machinery, the spindle is near silent right up to full speed (3500 RPM)
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:40 AM   #18 (permalink)
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That lathe looks familiar... I wonder where it came from

Has the 3 jaw chuck been put to any use, yet?

Ty
nope! had to get my truck back on the road first, and we have the kids this week should put it to work sometime next week, still need a hobby mill...
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:20 PM   #19 (permalink)
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That is a bada** little turret lathe.

Where I work almost everyone does programming, setup and operation. But most of our orders are for 1-5 parts so we are responsible for everything from drawing to part.

We use gibbs mainly. If I were doing higher production I would prefer mastercam. But for low run 5 axis operation I love gibbs. It is really easy once you start using it.
I dont understand Gibbs. Here's a little test part I tried to put into Gibbs (made in Solidworks), but it's always on the wrong side! I've tried rotating it, tried moving origo but as you can see in the pic, Y is where Z should be. What am I doing wrong? The grid is suppoed to be on the top


Writing G-code by hand is much easier than this IMO, but I guess this will save you time when you learn it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:43 PM   #20 (permalink)
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i suppose one day i'll have to learn g-code... but not for a very long time put paintball projects aside for a time today, cut up some old ammo tube and rodstock and silver soldered a brass stargazer lily for the wife for mother's day instead (her favorite flower)



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