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    Re: Glacern Cat 40 tool holders?

    I've got Techniks and Maritool ER collet chucks in my VF2 and they are both good. Prices on Techniks seems pretty inconsistent, and they generally always have a package pricing deal going but the...
  2. Re: Setting tool length offsets without the wireless probe system

    I have the coldfire 2 controller (2015) and it retains all the offsets through power cycles and program changes etc. I only have to probe/set offsets when I change the setup. I often manually tweak...
  3. Re: Setting tool length offsets without the wireless probe system

    How's about this Haas time of the day ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL1FfK7Yod27cy-MIhXsKkDwTmvclf7ps7&v=uNjMIIRttFE

    I like the probe
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    Re: ActuaL Hp For Phase Converter

    Might want to figure in some capacity for the new compressor/dryer too ;)
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    Re: ActuaL Hp For Phase Converter

    I have the 20HP perfect phase for my '15 VF-2 and it runs fine although I'm not hogging with it. Not sure what your work load is going to be on it. I can't imagine using the 10HP unit. When the...
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    Re: Modeling musical instruments in Rhino

    You've done some nice work with your samples. In general it's important to keep the point count on the geometry to a minimum and to use the simplest surface possible (forget about using patch...
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    Re: Modeling musical instruments in Rhino

    Join2Edges is a sledge hammer that forces the edges to join regardless of the quality. If your surfaces won't join normally then you've got problems with surface (quality) edges matching close...
  8. Thread: Fret Cutting

    by RandK
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    Re: Fret Cutting

    I haven't used Aspire but it's supposed to be really nice stuff. You won't be using the surface(s) for this operation, only the 3d curves, and you may need to hide the surfaces. In many CAM...
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    Re: Work zero questions

    Pretty short time on my VF also so here's my take: The probe is a tool so it has a length, like all tools, that is calibrated by using the toolsetter and will be positive number. So after probing...
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    Re: Rhino Sketch to SolidWorks

    I use (or make) a surface in Rhino to transport the geometry and then open the .3dm in SW, start a sketch and use convert entities to get the edge. This way anything I want to use in Rhino such as...
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    Re: Set neck/p90 pockets

    I like to keep the machining of features separate that way they can be tweaked or machined at different times. I assume it's the different depths that are causing headaches, but maybe you've got...
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    Re: CNC Recommdation for Guitar Making?

    There is no perfect low-end machine. Ideally you want ballscrew drive on each axis, profile rails and a steel frame.

    XZero makes good mechanical parts kits that need to be assembled.

    K2 has a...
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    The Techno controller doesn't support the G-codes...

    The Techno controller doesn't support the G-codes and cutter diameter compensation. It's really nice to have.
  14. I like Vortex bits but they are stupidly...

    I like Vortex bits but they are stupidly expensive on some things especially ball mills. Their 1/4" 4" long ball mill is $62. I know they have some wacko voodoo volume pricing if you buy multiples...
  15. American-carbide makes long and extra long. I...

    American-carbide makes long and extra long. I haven't ordered from them in a while but their prices are very good and the bits were good.
  16. Thread: touch off

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    Good work finding that! Are you talking about...

    Good work finding that! Are you talking about the 120vac cable that plugs into the controller box? My table does not have a separate earth ground.
  17. Thread: touch off

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    On the diagnostics screen under setup you can see...

    On the diagnostics screen under setup you can see the status of the lead. On my machine it is in the home area. I think it is just a lead that connects to P4 on the controller card that is...
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    054 Gantry III servo machine. I read you were...

    054 Gantry III servo machine. I read you were there for 10 years so definitely was built and sold on your watch, but I have no issues with you about that since you are no longer with Techno. No...
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    Speaking of poorly engineered machines, do you...

    Speaking of poorly engineered machines, do you guys have any retrofits in the works for the Techno Gantry machines, like an entire new frame/table ? It must feel good to be gone from a low integrity...
  20. Thread: origin issue

    by RandK
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    .Insert>reference geometry>coordinate system ...

    .Insert>reference geometry>coordinate system lets you define a different coordinate system for exporting to CAM. Check the help on this. It doesn't do a decent job of saying that you need to...
  21. Thread: breaking bits!

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    Depends some on the toolpath and if you are...

    Depends some on the toolpath and if you are taking much of any full diameter cuts but with my 3hp HSD I would run less than 75ipm 20K with a 2-flute carbide up spiral .25doc. Some hard maple is...
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    I had let James know during the 422 beta about...

    I had let James know during the 422 beta about the offset fields. The extra offsets are nice but then I really need good naming conventions so I can remember what they are for.... I put the date at...
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    For the X/Y touchoff I could use the body from a...

    For the X/Y touchoff I could use the body from a old-style steel audible edgefinder (no head). Since it is so time consuming I only do this process when I am reinstalling my garolite fixture base to...
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    I share Montabelli's challenges with manual tool...

    I share Montabelli's challenges with manual tool changes and fixture registration. I machine reference edges in X and Y (instead of the bit drop method) and use an edge finder. Being able to touch...
  25. Thread: Scale feature

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    Normally you would change the dimensions of your...

    Normally you would change the dimensions of your sketch to change the scale, however unless you dimension or lock down all the points on your splines you'll probably get something that doesn't look...
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