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  1. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    I hand code in bits and pieces all the time. Sometimes I'll hand code one line at a time at the MDI command line for a simple job, and some of my first jobs were all hand coded. Its not particularly...
  2. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    I don't think glue and tape would have cut it for this job. It was pushing substantially more than a third horsepower. However, that's not the real reason. The real reason for going with the 1"...
  3. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    I doubt I'll treat the steel in anyway. 4140 is not stainless, but it has higher chromium than many other steels. It will rust, but not in a big hurry. If I store them away I'd probably just oil...
  4. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    I did find this very satisfying. Made me want to do it again.
  5. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    Ok, they fit. Just needed deburring.

    Here they are along with the updated DXF file.

    The ER 32 closed end hex wrench has corner over cuts that can be finished with a 1/4 inch end mill.
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  6. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    I decided I needed the tool in the ER32 holder in a KWIK 200 holder instead. For the life of me I don't know how I ever locked the nut down to begin with. I have wrenches the right size, but they...
  7. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    You know how I said I hope that I wasn't going to need a set of wrenches for the ER32 tool holder? Well...
  8. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    I've done 4140HT on the Speedmasters with their 1.5KW 24K spindles because I had to get a job done. The Hurco had broken down, and I didn't have the Tormach yet. I did it and I got the job done and...
  9. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    You might be able to make satisfactory wrenches that would last for a while out of 7075 aluminum. Just maximize the thickness for your tool holders so that they are about twice as thick as the...
  10. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    Oh, wow. The DXF files looks like crap in ViaCad. It might not import as cleanly as you would like in your software. It was created in CamBam and that was were the CAM was done. Sorry if its more...
  11. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    The DXF file is attached for anybody who wants it. They are close tolerance so you may want to take a spring pass if cutting in harder material. The internal hex already has a corner clearance...
  12. The saw cut on the back was much better than I...

    The saw cut on the back was much better than I expected. I just deburred the tools and checked them. Good enough for shop tools.
  13. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    Idea for making cuts otherwise not practical on the horizontal band Saw. Idea was blatantly stolen from Umahunter.
  14. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    A heat treat oven or atleast a forge oven are on my todo list. For now an RC of 28-32 is going ot have to be good enough.
  15. Re: Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    Sorry about the tiny nozzle picture. This one should be better.
  16. Tired of the Aluminum Collet Chuck Wrenches

    The aluminum wrenches from Tormach were "okay" to start with, but they quickly turned to garbage. Actually the closed one for the nuts are still useable, but the opened one is just about worthless. ...
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    Re: Vises vs Fixture Plates

    Nice setup.

    I did consider a pallet system. It would be nice to be able to preload stock.

    I went with the fixture plates for now because of the ability to design them to use more of the...
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    Re: Xbox controller install on Mach3

    I had some creeeping issues on shutdown with the XBOX 360 control. Finally I changed all my machines to VistaCNC pendants.
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    Vises vs Fixture Plates

    I've started using fixture plates more and more. If I want to make more than one of something fixture plate more easily allows me to use the full work envelope of the machine. In fact, in excess of...
  20. NYC CNC 1100MX - Video (3 days ago I think)

    The 11" Y is a nice improvement. I knew about that. It could be very handy for setting up fixture plates for making multiple parts at once.

    I was not aware its standard with a 10K spndle now. ...
  21. Re: About 20 Months Later - Would I Buy Another One? - PCNC1100

    Ok. I've mostly been avoiding upgrading because I run sneaker net for transferring files, and I have been to lazy to want to re-enter all my tools in the tool table. I guess I'll have to look at it.
  22. Re: About 20 Months Later - Would I Buy Another One? - PCNC1100

    That's were I learned I was better with metal than wood.
  23. Re: About 20 Months Later - Would I Buy Another One? - PCNC1100

    When I bought the Tormach 1100 it was intended primarily to prep and size blanks for the high RPM machines, and do a few secondary operations. In theory (and in practice) it should do some types of...
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    Re: Talk Me Out of a Tormach 770

    Excellent review of TC tapping. I have kind of embraced it with premade styles in my CAM software for tapping with the TC tappers. I have one Tormach TC tapper, and have made a few of my own on the...
  25. Re: About 20 Months Later - Would I Buy Another One? - PCNC1100

    For some the 770's 10K spindle might make a better machine. It makes up in small cutter performance for what it lacks in larger cutter performance. I can't speak to its accuracy and rigidity as I...
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