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    HDPE tooling for best surface finish

    I am thinking more in terms what SFM will get the best surface finish. We should be able to keep the feeds high enough to to avoid melting at any realistic spindle speed. I kept the spindle small because I wanted to keep the gantry mass low, everything else is oversized. I think we will be...
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    HDPE tooling for best surface finish

    Indeed, I will be carving tons of tiny details. Current cycle time is 2 hours per side. I have tried a spoilboard tool from amana. It works OK, but I figured the square corners are not ideal for feed rate or surface finish. I was also thinking shear hog. Any idea what SFM a shear hog wants...
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    HDPE tooling for best surface finish

    I am doing prototype work in HDPE which requires thicknessing down a lot of sheet stock (usually taking around 1/16" off both sides of 24 x 24 sheets). We just put a deposit on a cnc router with a 2.2kw ISO20 spindle for these parts. We need a fast cycle time and a very good surface finish on...
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    Small monarch toolroom lathe

    Instrument makers lathe seems about right. I am asumming a dity move for future pcs's, i have some very delicate and valuable belongings anyway.
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    Small monarch toolroom lathe

    Portable in terms of, I can move it betweend duty stations when I PCS without hiring a freight service. Im not talking throw-it-in-the-back-of-the-jeep-and-take-it-to-my-buddies-house-for-an-afternoon-of-lathe-work portable.
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    Small monarch toolroom lathe

    Well ideally I am looking for the super precision features that "newer" monarches are known for, so I might have to wait until I have room for a full sized machine. I am on 24 hour desk duty right now though, so I will definately check those pre '36 machines out.
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    You know, considering my options if I am going to get something in this size range (IE, something I cannot illegally run in my closet witout somebody noticing), I might as well go with a Monarch 10EE which seems like the best in class for this size and price range. I came really close to picking...
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    Small monarch toolroom lathe

    Hi, It seems that the 10EE was the most popular lathe made by monarch but I am having a hard time researching other small models they made. While the 10EE would certainly fill my machining requirements, I am ideally looking for something somewhat more portable, maybe in the 9x20 range. Did...
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    Upstate new york (watertown/syracuse) local machinists

    Hi, I am a soldier stationed at fort drum, which is near watertown NY. I have been here 5 or 6 months and I have not been able to find any local machinists. I live in the baracks so I am looking for somebody with a few machines who would be interested in messing around on some projects in...
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    Well, currently I have have a business making parts for large format film cameras (antique and modern), but none of the parts we make are machined. I want to move into rebuilding shutters and lenses, and other repair work. I will be in the market for a mill for the same purpose. Also, I have...
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    When I started looking I was looking for a smaller lathe that I could use in the barracks like an 8" atlas machine or something along those lines, and the top of my budget was around $600. I looked at my absulute maximum budget for a machine and what price I would absulutely not be able turn...
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    Thats probably a good idea, especially because I don't really feel like spending the money right now. I did a preliminary search within 400 miles on craigslist and this really stood out with the amount of tooling and the price, which is why I am asking about it here here. Its good to know that I...
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    Side question: If i took the thing all the way apart, do you think two strong dudes could carry it up a flight of stairs? Otherwise I will be looking for a storage location.
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    Yeah, the one thing I don't want to do is try to fix a messed up bed. Maybe if it had flat ways I would consider hand scraping them, but then it would not be a south bend!
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    First Lathe. Good deal?

    Hi, I am looking at this lathe on craigslist and I would like some thoughts about how good of a deal it is. Also help identifying some of the tooling from the grainy pictures would be nice. Heres a basic rundown for people who don't want to follow the link. I know I am new on this forum but any...
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    Deckel gk-12/21

    I am considering buying a deckel gK 12 pantograph for engraving glass and sculpting/milling metal. I would like to know the vertical travel of the spindle in 3d mode. I have seen this referred to as "spindle float". In other words, what is the deepest 3D relief you can machine? This will be my...
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