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Timesaving Tip: Drill and Chamfer/Deburr in the Same Operation

Jan 5, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  1 Comment

I heard about this gadget on CNCZone and thought it was pretty cool:

You clamp the chamfer onto the twist drill at the right height and then just program the depth to get the desired chamfer or deburring. You can also get full-on tools that have a chamfer built right into the tool geometry, but…

Motion Control Boards Take Mach3 From Hobby Class to Industrial Grade, Part 2

Dec 24, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  32 Comments

Our first article in this series discussed how using Windows to solve all of the CNC Controller problem suffers because Windows is not a real time operating system. Simply put, if the task of sending motion control signals (step + direction pulses) to the motor driver hardware is interrupted, we have problems. Those signals get…

Equipois ZeroG Technology Makes Tools Weightless

Dec 17, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  No Comments

I came across this video by accident, but thought it was worth sharing:

ZeroG technology makes tools weightless…
These guys have a technology based on the steadycam technology for cameras that supports heavy power tools so they’re weightless. Workers using the tools can work longer or harder without getting fatigued.
Wouldn’t it be cool to…

Measuring and Controlling Clamping Force in a Vise

Apr 14, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Found a good thread over on CNCZone that’s all about what to do when your vise clamping force is deforming your part. Precision bores can be particularly finicky if clamping force deforms them during the boring process. You want to use the lightest force that will still properly clamp the part.
One of the best…

Tormach Tool Changer Getting Closer

Mar 27, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  2 Comments

There was an update to their blog a few days back, so check there for full details. The beta test has been underway for about 1 month for some lucky Tormach owners. You’ve probably seen the original Tormach ATC video, but this new one shows a lot of other cool features:

You can see from…

Old Machines May Not Die, But They Need Some Creative Fixing Up

Feb 21, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  No Comments

Many a small machine shop business or talented home hobby shop is started with an older CNC machine. I can’t blame a small shop, let alone a home shop, for not wanting to take on the payments associated with a brand new CNC machine. Once the shop that bought the machine new has fully depreciated…

A Caliper Pressure Device

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  4 Comments

Most machinists know that if you need accuracy to a thousandth (0.001″) or better, you can’t use a calipers. At the same time, the digital calipers is such a convenient tool for ID, OD, and length measurements. Machinist’s of yore were fond of their steel rule, but many of the newer generation are fond of…

Candy Red Powder Coating

Dec 10, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Products, Techniques  //  5 Comments

I love the finish on aluminum IronMan from CNCZone is getting here:

Translucent Candy Red Powder Coat, not anodizing!
While it looks like a nice anodizing job, IronMan reports it is Columbia Coatings Translucent Candy Red. I have the impression from the post he chose it because he didn’t want to go to the trouble…

The Swing-Away Tailstock

May 17, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

A fourth axis can lead to tight quarters inside a mill enclosure. Enter the swing-away tailstock. Nikken tailstocks for fourth axis work have a swing way feature:

The tailstock up and ready for action…

And here it is down and out of the way so the part can be loaded…
Thanks to Boris on the…

Machinist’s Hammers

May 2, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

A pretty common beginner’s project in the machine shop is a brass hammer. But here is what happens when a more experienced hand makes a hammer:

Long nylon face is for installing pistons…

That is one sweet hammer!
Here is a review of “The Hammer” with some information on how to get one.…

Clever Thread Cutting Gadget

Apr 10, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  No Comments

Microprocessors and computers enable great simplification of mechanisms and the addition of lots of functionality that would have been impractical or expensive. Consider how much more your handheld iPod MP-3 player can do versus an Old School Jukebox.
The same is true in the machining world. A CNC mill or lathe offers endless flexibility compared…

Gorgeous NEMA23 Stepper Motor Back Covers

Dec 31, 2009   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  1 Comment

Saw this on CNCZone first, very cool! Just the thing to make your project look more professional:

Available here on the Mach3 supprt forums for $10 each (bargain). These are NEMA23. This guy should make similar housings to slap an encoder on the back of a servo too!…


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