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    Chip shield for Partner MB16

    I have an open frame '97 Partner MB16.
    It looks like it used to be setup for flood but all the pieces are missing.
    While I'm sorting the wet side out, I started playing with milling some test pieces and as expected, chips are flying everywhere.

    What have you done to contain the chips to the frame of the machine?
    I'm thinking of bending a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" EMT conduit, mount it to the head of the machine and use some sort of shower curtain thing to keep the chips within a foot or 2 of the cutting head.
    Perhaps, fabricating a tub of some sort that would mount to the bed.


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    Re: Chip shield for Partner MB16

    Attachment 448556

    I have posted this before, been using it for a lot of years this way. Buy the cheapest shower curtains from Walmart and replace them as they get melted by hot chips.

    Odd, doesn't show rotated in my computer....

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    Re: Chip shield for Partner MB16

    I like it.
    I think I saw a video of your wife operating it. I bought a curtain (2 actually) based on that video, but I'm concerned about using machine wet and the mess it'll make.
    I did see few videos with just a plexiglass chip shields. I think I'm going to try something like this: https://youtu.be/VSgZW7OJVhM?t=43
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian L View Post


    I have posted this before, been using it for a lot of years this way. Buy the cheapest shower curtains from Walmart and replace them as they get melted by hot chips.

    Odd, doesn't show rotated in my computer....

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    Re: Chip shield for Partner MB16

    I don't use flood, I built a home brewed MQL system and that works fine for all I do. Chips fly and drop to the floor around the machine, but coolant isn't a problem.

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    Re: Chip shield for Partner MB16

    Many years ago I worked at a place where all the Bridgeport mills were lined up in a row close to each other. Chips would fly from one onto another, mostly from bouncing off the center column. I made a screen that hung on the dove tail of the ram in front of the column that was about 5 foot wide and curved a bit much like the shower curtain idea. I attached cloth to absorb the chips and coolant. Worked okay, not great but deflected about 75%. Any machine with a max RPM over 3K should be enclosed. Milltronics used to make machines with fiberglass enclosures that couldn't even stop an mosquito from going through. Don't ask me how I know...

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    Re: Chip shield for Partner MB16

    ...if using flood coolant the box type with sliding door(s) in front works well.
    more ideas...
    https://www.cnczone.com/forums/chart...79088-cnc.html

    https://www.cnczone.com/forums/uncat...c-tormach.html

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