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    WinMax question

    Thanks Lenny. We actually already own a seat of Fusion360 that's included with our AutoCAD/AutoDesk package. I've been looking through the tutorials, but at the rate I'm going it'll take me 3 years to be able to make a part, so maybe I should just look into going to a face-to-face training on...
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    Hurco WinMax

    I'm looking at buying an entry level VMC to make mostly 2D die die components. I had originally budgeted for a standalone software, like MasterCam (or something similar) for programming, but the Hurco salesman is pumping up the WinMax control saying that it's all we should need. After watching...
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    WinMax question

    I'm looking at buying an entry level VMC to make mostly 2D die die components. I had originally budgeted for a standalone software, like MasterCam (or something similar) for programming, but the Hurco salesman is pumping up the WinMax control saying that it's all we should need. After watching...
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    Wire EDM & milling software

    $10-15K is what I have in my budget.
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    Should a machinist do quoting for the owner of company?

    Keep in mind that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, so make sure you do your homework before switching companies. If you enjoy working there, they treat you well, and you're compensated fairly (pay, time off, insurance, retirement plan, ext) taking on extra responsibilities is a...
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    Wire EDM & milling software

    We currently use Esprit to program our Wire EDM (Mitsubishi RA90) but are looking to add a small 3-axis machining center (possibly a Haas) in the near future so I'm curious what suggestions you all have for software recommendations that would work for both operations. In the past I used...
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    Manual surface grinder recommendations

    Just to clarify, We already have a large Clausing automatic grinder and a smaller Brown and Sharp automatic, but they don't always work well for spin grinding and grinding up to a shoulder because it's too hard to see where you're at and control the cross feed location. I've used Do-All at the...
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    Manual surface grinder recommendations

    Our old Bridgeport 6X18 manual surface grinder died and I'm curious if anyone has purchased a similar size manual grinder recently to give me some recommendations. We're a tool and die shop so we grind a lot of tool steels (mostly A2, D2, & M2) in both hard and soft state so I'm looking for...
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    Splines to arcs and lines

    Our art department uses Adobe Illustrator to generate our prints and graphics, but when the files are exported to DXF of DWG they come in as splines, which creates a lot of issues for our tool room. I know in AutoCAD I can convert the splines to P-Lines but then the periphery consists of...
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    MIcro-Vu 501 Excel Calibration

    Does anyone calibrate their own MIcro-Vu 501 Excel ? What is involved and what do I need to purchase? Thanks
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    magna vise

    I'm am looking to by a set ao Magna vise clamps for surface gringing non-magnetic materials
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    Surface grinding aluminum

    Does anyone know of a more affordable solution to MagnaLock-MagnaVise when surface grinding non magnetic materials? I know the obvious vacuum chuck and blocking techniques. Thanks!
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    Part inspection equipment recomindation

    We currently use an old Micro-Vu optical comparator with 22" x 12" travel to check our parts dimensionally and the printing registration but would like to buy something new with the capability to save snap shots, track data, and possibly auto check part profile. We specialize in low volume...
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    Drill press recommendation

    I changed my location, thanks for the heads up on that. why would a person be ejectedof the forum for such a minor thing? Anyways We drill ferrous and non-ferrous, 90% of the time drill diameters are under 1/2" but we CB for screws in tool steel and die sets, a large die for us would be 20" X...
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    Drill press recommendation

    We currently only have drill presses that have tables that crank up and down and the tables are no longer square to the head even when the locks are tightened. I would like to get a new (or used) drill press with a solid table. I have used Clausing drill presses of this type in the past are...
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    synthetic die board

    We currently use birch die board for building steel rule dies and I would like to try a synthetic or composite material to help with board warping due to climate change. Any suggestions?
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    die board router

    I've been looking at a new Profile 404 Router from Gerber Innovations for cutting die boards for steel rule dies. 53" X 51", 3Hp spindle, 6,000 - 40,000 RPM, ATC (6 tool I think), and a 10HP Vacuum pump for the table. They are quite expensive(roughly $95,000). Is their any huge difference...
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    A2100

    Thanks guys. I got the hard drive through MAG, I entered the digit code and after talking to their tech he posted the MAI and BCK filed on their site for me to download. The BCK file that he had on the site will not download though. When I click the download tab it just opens up to a 108 page...
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    A2100

    Well, our Saber 1000 hard drive pooped out a month ago. I just installed a new hard drive and setup the video and displays. The control makes it to the milling control but at the bottom of the screen it says"machine power permission". On the old hard drive after it was all loaded It would say...
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    Acromatic2100 error

    My hard drive is still out being scanned. I'll know more when I get it back. Thanks Matt.
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