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    Unhappy Hobbyist in south bay area / San Jose, seeking rental time on mills

    Hello,

    I'm a software engineer by day, and I got introduced to an old Tormach PCNC 1100 via a local maker space. I've been having an absolute blast with that, but I'm not sure where to go from here. The Tormach is often reserved by others, and it would be great to have access to another machine. I'm dreaming of building my own CNC mill someday.

    There's a lot of industry in my area (Sunnyvale), and a lot of machine shops, but I doubt there's room for a hobbyist at any of them. What are my options? How can I learn more about machining on evenings and weekends, as someone who can't do a home shop right now?

    Thanks!
    Jacob

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    Re: Hobbyist in south bay area / San Jose, seeking rental time on mills

    If Oakland's not too far to travel, you could come over and play with milling machines at my place. Can you speak Linux?
    Andrew Werby
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    Re: Hobbyist in south bay area / San Jose, seeking rental time on mills

    A:
    Go with your original post to the actual machine shops in the area.
    Offer 200$, to learn to set up their basic jobs off-shift.
    Making flats, cubes, dimensioned stock.

    1 of 4 might take you on.
    After 3-4 evenings of 2-4 hours, they would likely offer to pay you 20$/hr to do so.
    (A programmer with cnc experience gets different pay.)

    At that point, you could get permission to do your stuff after hours.

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    Re: Hobbyist in south bay area / San Jose, seeking rental time on mills

    Oakland is totally doable on weekends. That sounds awesome. I'll have to think up a bite size project.

    I might give emailing the local machine shops a try. I've been browsing their equipment lists and some of them have the haas mini mill which seems similar to tormach pcnc

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    Oh yeah: It just so happens I do speak the linux

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