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I got a note from a machinist friend saying that he’d just gotten a used Morgan Press off eBay and had been able to get it working. I hadn’t heard of one of these machines before, so I went and looked it up. For the ultimate do-it-yourself or Maker small shop, this would be a…
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Folks often ask whether a CNC Router can cut aluminum. They’re used to seeing the primarily cut wood and plastics. My answer to this question is always, “Yes, if you do it right.”
There are a couple of things to remember about how aluminum (and other metals) are different from wood or plastics. First, they…
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5 axis CNC machines are the pinnacle of milling machine sophistication. They’re the most expensive machines to purchase, and due to the complex motions involved, even more cost is involved with the need for the most sophisticated 5 axis CAM packages available.
What are the benefits of 5 Axis CNC that justify all this cost?…
I ran across this new post from Dave Decaussin (one of the founders of Fadal, now retired and doing other things) showing how he cuts gears on his 4th axis:
He makes it look easy and fun to try.
He’s cutting a 40 tooth spur gear with a diametral pitch of 24. Diametral pitch is…
So you need to do some unit conversion? Our G-Wizard CNC Calculator has some feature designed to make working with lots of units especially easy. Let’s see how.
Continuous Conversion Display
Continuous Conversion Display is an awkward name for a very simple and useful feature. As you type in a number or compute a result,…
So you just located a fantastic deal on a piece of used CNC equipment. Just one little problem–the cost and complexity of rigging the machine into your shop are giving you heartburn.
“Rigging” is the technical term for moving heavy stuff into position. It covers everything from unloading a heavy machine (or other load) from…
I’m fascinated by the mill-turn machines. They combine the best elements of a lathe and a milling machine to turn out complex parts quickly that would be much less productive if done as multiple ops across different machines. Here’s a great video of a Haas CNC lathe turning out such a part:
The secret behind…
Every CNC machinist has seen the ubiquitous “drive dogs” found on many tapers:
Spindle Drive Dogs…
They’re the two little “ears” that engage notches in the toolholder. Not every taper has them, but many do. Getting the drive dogs positioned to line up with the toolholder in the changer carousel before a toolchange can happen…
So you want to make a bunch of small parts at once in one setup, and using one vise. Make a strip of parts in a set of big soft jaws:
The parts keep a strip underneath. To finish, flip the whole thing, drop it into softjaws of appropriate “negative image” of the parts, and…
Due to a query from a customer, I put together a quick page that shows how I set up my CNC4PC boards and Smoothstepper for the Servo setup on my IH mill.
The Smoothstepper is a USB pulse generator for Mach3, and it improves the performance of Mach3 considerably. I’m not sure I’d want to…
There is a famous quote about PR:
I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.
It has variously been attributed to Mae West, P.T. Barnum, Will Rogers, and a host of others.
Times have changed, so I have changed the quote:
I don’t care what the…
I’m a bit video happy today. Having just finished catching up on Steve Simpson’s amazing Millturn videos, I wanted to pass along this video of John Grimsmo using his CNC lathe to make some nifty parts for his knife-making business:
John has a great little CNC lathe there, conversions like he has done are very…