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  1. Alexander

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    It sucks that we couldn't reach a deal on this try. But working in the industry i remain sympathetic to the issues the suppliers are facing that keep costs high. I don't have the solution to the problem but i am keeping an eye out for opportunities to save on material costs
  2. Alexander

    Tool box organization

    This foam is pretty gross and the tool is almost new still.
  3. Alexander

    Tool box organization

    I made this a few years ago. It is useful for somewhere to set the tool for a few min.
  4. Alexander

    Tool box organization

    So instead of setting my tools on the bench i set them back in the tray. Any porous material will become dirty and soaked in oil or coolant. I don't want to use foam or wood. I work in a production environment so i don't have the luxury of always keeping things dry and clean. In the home shop...
  5. Alexander

    Tool box organization

    Well i am slowly making trays to organize my tools. The main issue is that the build volume is small on my wanhao duplicator i3. The other problem is that printing is really slow. The orange print in the picture took just over 24 hours. I want to buy sheets of plastic and mill these but the...
  6. Alexander

    Must have hand tools?

    That mic is a tool my work has. I think it is a mitutoyo 30 inch with anvils to meashure as small as 25"
  7. Alexander

    Must have hand tools?

    Not strictly relevant but this is a big mic. there is a 0-1 mic in the picture for scale
  8. Alexander

    Must have hand tools?

    Whats measuring tools does a pro need? This is the basics. Not including guages and big stuff
  9. Alexander

    Big old interesting lathe

    This isn't as big as that lathe but if you look closely at who sold the machine and at what they are using as a plug for the tail-stock it is pretty interesting. and you could say that it is big
  10. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    I borrowed this image from my machines manual.
  11. Alexander

    Need opinions on new lathe

    That is great i bough a CNC lathe from Dahl and i was quite pleased with the whole transaction. You won't be disappointed
  12. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    I did some roughing tonight it is starting to take shape
  13. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    This is starting to get off topic lol. Lathe, 2 axis x and z 3 axis mill x,yand z 4 axis mill x, y, z and part rotates 5 axis mill x,y, z the part rotates on 4th axis and the head tilts,
  14. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    Also the machine in my profile picture is a 5 axis VMC with a rotary table.
  15. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    If you assign a letter to the 4th axis is called C axis. When axis of the C is parallel to the spindle you have a rotary table not a 4th axis. Most big VMC machines use a rotary table because it is hard to rotate big parts on there side.
  16. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    @PeterT as for the idea of attaching the stepper motor to a rotary table i thought about it. I do have an 8 inch rotary table. But it is not what i would call fast, or accurate. I know allot of people would disagree. I think the design of cnc lathes with live tooling could be copied. They use...
  17. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    Yes i belive fusion 360 cam allows for 4th axis. I actually plan on using the 4 jaw chuck to machine 4 sides of my parts without reaching inside the machine. Why you ask? If you machine the 5 sides without removing the block from the chuck then everything will be square and you won't need to...
  18. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    I used shims under the block to get the side perpendicular to the bottom. I also used a shim on the movable jaw because the front and back are not parallel, yet. I really didn't want the block to shift during milling. Those were some heavy cuts.
  19. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis

    This was very satisfying to watch
  20. Alexander

    CNC 4th Axis