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    Help Selecting a CNC Laser Cutter!

    Hey guys, I hope everyone is having a good day! We are a small manufacturing company, we are looking to invest in a laser cutter. Here is a list of our requirements: -Cut MDF up to 3/4'' thick. -Cut Plywood up to 3/4'' thick. -Cut acrylic and other plastics up to 1/2'' thick. -Cut steel and...
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    HDPE tooling for best surface finish

    What type of router did you purchase?
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    Pneumatic Rotary Actuator For CNC Milling

    I didn't know Chick made one of them, but I have seen this company make a similar unit https://www.touchdex.com/index_e.html pretty neat approach. I'm just thinking the pneumatic approach would be the most cost effective and robust.
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    Pneumatic Rotary Actuator For CNC Milling

    No doubt a pneumatic indexer is old tech compared to a servo indexer and less capable... A new HAAS 5C indexer is $11,395 USD at the moment, not sure on the used market. A servo indexer is more capable in everyway, but couldn't a simple pneumatic indexer have a place? You can buy pneumatic...
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    Pneumatic Rotary Actuator For CNC Milling

    Hello All, I was wondering if anyone has seen or heard of pneumatic rotary actuators being used for indexing in a CNC application? I've never seen it done, but I cant see why? Here is what I am thinking... Why not use a pneumatic rotary actuator as a 4th axis in a 3 axis mill? I have no...
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    Xindian Self Centering Vise - How???

    Hello All, I was looking at giving one of these vises a test, but I am wondering how this thing self centers accurately??? I understand that there are opposing threads drawing the vise jaws together, but with their design how can they be certain that the vise jaws actually close on the center...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    The cylinders I use are rated for 250PSI, but I only have 2 customers that run the machines at that pressure. Running the cylinders at 250PSI has some challenges so most people opt out of that pressure range and stick to 40-150PSI from standard shop compressors. There is a company, I think out...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    So I am getting close to having a final BOM for building my own cylinders, I'll post when complete. As of right now it is looking like cylinders from STC may be just slightly more expensive than if I build my own. I don't own a CNC lathe, or even a manual lathe, so the largest cost at the moment...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    I am not sure on the difficulty of the honing process, I've never done it, but it seems like it can be achieved with hand tools? My goal is just a very smooth ID, I think if you are after a precision ID dimension/tolerance the honing process may be more involved. I myself prefer the aluminum...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    I'll likely end up making some prototype cylinders sooner rather than later. As per the suggestions above I will try tubing that is not honed, rather just has a smooth ID. Any suggestions for what I may do to prepare the ID of the tubing? Perhaps run a 120-240 grit flap wheel through the ID to...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    You raise a very interesting point... I am unsure about this, I have zero experience manufacturing air cylinders. I do agree that minor leakage should not be a problem at all. My main concern would be the seals wearing out against a rough walled tube when compared against a honed tube. But...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    My local Bimba rep has told me they will start giving me discounts when I begin to buy 50 cylinders at a time, he didn't say how much of a discount they would provide if I was to order 50. At this point 50 would be too much, I only go through 4-6 per month as I am only able to manufacture 2-3...
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    6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders

    Hello, I have been building low tonnage (15-20) press brakes using 6 inch bore pneumatic cylinders. I have been using Bimba cylinders and have been very happy with the quality and performance but they cost just under $1000 Canadian dollars each, I use 2 per press so the cost is high. My sales...
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    Advice Needed- First CNC Mill for prototyping and small batch mfg in home shop

    Any chance you could elaborate a bit more on your opinion? I have a few friends looking to purchase a machine from SYIL and I’d like to share any information I can to shed light on their performance. Their demos at IMTS looked rather impressive for a 25K ish machine…..
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    Advice Needed- First CNC Mill for prototyping and small batch mfg in home shop

    What about a machine from SYIL? The x5 or x7 seem like it would be a good fit for your situation. The SYIL machines look to be somewhere between a tormach and a entry level HAAS. Could be a great starting point?
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    Narrow VMC Options

    What sort of pricing is being offered on the S300X2 right now??????? 😀
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