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Old 04-27-2010, 10:41 PM #190
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this is really interesting stuff. ive been wanting to get something that would be more usefull than a dremel.

could a machinist pm me with some questions i have? i have an idea about a new valve and bolt design that i would like to discuss, and i would need to know the cost to start up that project
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:41 AM #191
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idk how 2 mill
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:08 AM #192
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i own a lathe and will have a mill on the way, what do you need?
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:41 PM #193
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That's some really good info. I probably won't go beyond a drill press for now, but it's a good primer.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:20 AM #194
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Nice post...Thank you very much!!......
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:12 PM #195
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update time... i am VERY happy with both machines. if you want a mill give matt a call, he is a great guy.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:39 PM #196
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This is a great post for those thinking about purchasing. I'll have to check the local community college to see what is available as far as instruction
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:03 PM #197
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good post man!!! i like it, i would maybe consider adding measuring tools and equipment. Liks Mics, Verners, and button dial test indicators just incase if someone has to tram the vice or the head of the mill
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:05 PM #198
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:23 PM #199
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thats a pretty good article. i work on a tormac personal cnc for robotics and it is so fun.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:35 PM #200
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This is a very awesome thread! I learned a lot from it, and it definitely made me think. I'm a guy that really loves metal working but has no idea where to start. I can weld, grind, and bend sheet metal and angle irons, but milling is new to me. I've been in metalworking longer than paintball, but I've never had the experience of using milling machines or anything of that caliber. How do you learn to do it, is my first question. My second question is WHAT IS AN ENDMILL??? I've read every piece of liturature I can find about milling operations, but that still doesn't answer my question. As for, sometime in 2007, someone posted about locking up every marker I own before starting, I plan on doing just that! I'm only 17, so I figure that I'll have lots of time to learn throughout my life...
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:11 PM #201
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Many high schools offer a machining program now. If yours doesn't, you can enter the machining program that many community colleges offer. I was already making parts for myself in my first semester. I actually taught night classes for the machining program at the community college where I got my Precision Machining degree.

An end mill is the basic tool you use in a milling machine to cut metal. There are countless varieties. Some have a ball end to leave a radius, some have a chamfer on the end, etc. Here is a basic 4 flute end mill that you would use to cut steel. I usually use 3 flute end mills to cut aluminum.


I used to post in this thread regularly. Things have changed for me quite a bit since then. Then I was a manual machinist in a tool and die shop. I went on to run CNC machines, then program my own parts to run, and now I do strictly process engineering and programming. I haven't touched a machine in 2 years. I miss it. I don't miss the pay though.

If you are going to be a machinist, my advice is to get into aerospace and jump at the first chance you get to learn programming, especially if it is with software made specifically for aerospace like Catia or NX. That's where the money is.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:08 PM #202
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I was planning on being an Aerospace engineer, and I already know some basic programming (C/C++, Java and its branches, HTML, Visual Basic), so learning a new one shouldn't be any more difficult! I want to get into machining, but not as a profession. I love to fabricate components for things, but I'm limited to a welder, bench grinder, the almighty Dremel (I don't plan on using it for milling...), and a lot of woodworking tools. Thanks for answering the endmill question! What type of milling tool would be used to mill, say, the grooves on a Prostock/Superstock body? Just a curiosity question...
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CNC programming isn't like normal programming. There is a lot more to it than just code. You have to have a really good understanding of the different types of tooling, fixturing, etc. You often have to design the tooling and make 3D models and prints of the tooling. You also have to make setup books explaining how to set the job up to the operators. We also use machine simulation software to make sure the program is going to do what we want it to do.

What grooves are you referring to?
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:47 PM #204
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I was referring to the diagonal grooves (not the pump arm grooves) that cross the body from top to bottom. They are oddly shaped and look difficult to make. Anyway, thanks for the tips on coding! Is a manual machine still a feasible possibility?
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:50 PM #205
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Looks like they were done with a ball nosed end mill. They were probably 3D milled. They would be pretty much impossible to make them look just like that on a manual mill.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:21 PM #206
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I've seen a lot of questions where people are asking machinist's to send them a pm. If anyone has any question's, pm me I'll be more than glad to answer any questions you might have
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Nice thread man, must have taken three days to put this together.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:57 AM #209
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This has got me wanting to learn more. Could small beginner milling projects be done with this?

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