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    How do you decide who to hire?

    The best way to get the "Right Guy" is to get rid of the wrong guy the instant you figure out its the wrong guy.
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    Shop Rates for CAD, CAM, and Machining Time ... the same or different?

    So many variables in quoting, a lot will depend on your shop size and how price sensitive your customers are and how big the orders are. One man/ Small shop making small run parts likely all labor and machine time are easier to estimate at the same cost. Big shop with large run parts trying to...
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    How to quantify process improvements

    One Machine would be very hard to chart in a meaningful way with the improvements your describing. I think what you really are trying to track is spindle on hours per man hour for the shop or section of shop the affected employees work in. think if your operator now keeps 2 (or 3 or 5...)...
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    Way WAY OT...time to buy a new car...recommendations?

    hybrids are the way at this point. my wife has a Hyundai Ioniq, average MPG is 54 so far with only 60ish K on it maintenance is oils about once a year (it tells you when it wants an oil change)
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    Mixing processes (machining, welding, wood) in a 1200 sqft shop?

    The shop I work at has wood metal plastic and paint all in one shop. what we have done that works pretty well and passes fire marshal is divide the areas with pallet racking with one side covered in OSB above the pallet racking to the ceiling we have a plastic curtain made from a reinforced...
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    Die Design to Crimp Small Diameter Stainless Tubing with Minimal Deformation of the surrounding OD

    I would try doing a split die with a tube od hole centered on the split then on the bottom half of the die I would dill and tap a through hole centered in the die and use a grub screw to hold a ball bearing protruding up into the split hole. this would allow you to raise the ball bearing until...
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    Has Anyone Had Luck With Staffing Agencies?

    The Biggest issue is really looking for a good employee that only wants part time low pay employment< by good I'm not meaning trained machinist I'm meaning shows up, can follow basic directions, can repeat those directions. you reference your cleaning lady that works cheep and does a good job...
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    Has Anyone Had Luck With Staffing Agencies?

    In my experience most staffing agency employees are either unskilled laborers with some issue keeping them from getting permanent work or skilled (supposedly) people looking for a full time job, through the temp to hire path. sounds like you need to find a retired machinist that wants to work...
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    Request for Help with Custom Lathe Headstock

    .5mm deflection under what load and in relation to what? You have several slip connections and low precision bearings all mounted on a bolted together aluminum extrusion frame. All the joints have clearance that will when loaded will deflect and add up, The second picture with the 2...
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    Making some forming dies, how much space to leave between the two dies for the part to be formed?

    You might want to look at making those with 2 hits with a joggle die (you can still make that) the Joggle die will make 2 bends flip the part and make the other 2, make it for offset you need and then material thickness is a non issue. The dies I have seen for making shapes like that in 1 hit...
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    Mcam Solidwork vs draftsight

    We have had a few instances where SW has saved Inch DXFs that open in other software upscaled 25.4 x but if opened in SW it opens at the correct scale. If your making lots of them it's probably worth the time to figure out how to get the DXF units and scale to match, otherwise just rescale it in...
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    Using MDF trim to test CNC programs

    Probably not the price point your looking for but tooling board would be great for testing its rigid and cuts fantastic, downside is it's not cheap. Sounds like you're looking for a way to test a program so you don't break a $5 HSS mill on a $5 piece of stock that doesn't dull the mill or cost...
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    1911 doublestack plans/drawing

    Try searching M1911-a1 redux.pdf it's a pretty good redraw of the original 1911 prints and all the dimensions I have used from it have worked. It should have all the information you need to machine a para style frame with the exception of the mag release being will be wider. as for where to...
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    1911 doublestack plans/drawing

    On Para style Double Stacks I believe everything but the magazine release, trigger bow and grips are the same as a regular 1911 so all the dims you should need are public. Most 80% have the slide stop pin hole in so you can measure everything from that datum. as for just knocking them out thats...
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    Effects of shallow cut while trouble shooting

    Assuming thread milling, likely with a smaller diameter thread mill/ Tool deflection is what your trying to explain, tools bend, small tools bend more, small tools with long shafts bend even more. I add a spring pass on all my thread milling of smaller holes in harder materials by default.
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    Website for my shop with instant quoting?

    Most Likely your best bet would be to pay xometry enough money to have them set it up for you, likely they will want a very very large sum of cash in exchange.
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    11/16 Thread Standards?

    11/16-40 is the standard for 19/2011 bull barrel compensator threads
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    What processes would you offer as a shop starting over?

    The problem with powder coating in general is everyone is looking for the lowest price, there are high end shops in my area but they are expensive and normally don't want to play with small runs.
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    I'm learning inspection techniques ... need a liltle help with some features ...

    Are you finishing the walls and floor with the pocket toolpath? I'm still a newb myself but, I have had better luck separating those operations, run a pocket to finish the floor and leave .005 or so on the walls then come in and run a contour toolpath to finish the walls. I was under the...
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    Newbie Brake question

    If your making 10s of thousands of these a custom die could make sense, but anything less than that no way it pencils out. As Strodtkyovy said after setting up a standard die on a brake with a cnc backstop Figure 1hr, you looking at 30 seconds a part to form them. custom die after all the cost...