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    Nudging the line

    I've stacked up quite a few products and patents over the years, but most of my work is hidden behind the scenes. By far, most of my intellectual property resides in trade secrets for the...
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    New machine and software solution

    Last year I invented a machining process and wrote the software that allows me to take code that cuts with the bottom of a cutter, and use the side of the cutter instead. Thereby dramatically...
  3. Anybody ever CNC machine 3D shape out of foamed glass? (fart rock)

    Hey,

    It's has been a while since I have been on here, not a lot new to figure out, until this project. I am making some parts out of foamed glass, sometimes called fart rock in the industry. Have...
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    Re: How to Engineer like a Redneck

    Thanks TJ,

    I would have liked to meet your grandfather. I bet he would have fit right in with all the guys I tagged along behind to learn how to innovate. That is a huge part of what redneck...
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    Re: How to Engineer like a Redneck

    I love the repurposing of the deuce and a half radiator. Your grandfather is my kind of engineer!
  6. Re: Building a 3 axis CNC with x y axis in steel and z in 6061T6 aluminum any good ?

    You can build your CNC out of steel or aluminum, or steel and aluminum. You could even make the case that you could build it out of plastic or wood for the frame. Will it still work, yes, but you...
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    Re: How to Engineer like a Redneck

    Here is another redneck case study from the article. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-engineer-like-redneck-shane-mckenna?trk=mp-reader-card

    "B- Had an Italian gearbox fail, the new one was...
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    Re: Vector Art 3D machining problem

    Since your machine ran several passes at a lower Z position than the rest of the code, then corrected, I would check several things;

    1) Like one other person said, your coupling on the Z axis. In...
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    Re: How to Engineer like a Redneck

    To prime the pump, here is an example from the first article. This is the kind of examples I am looking for. It can be just that short and sweet.

    "A- Needed a chiller to prove out a new process.
    ...
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    How to Engineer like a Redneck

    Hi everyone,

    I recently published an article, "How to Engineer like a Redneck." The article is about how to innovate solutions with little resources and how to use what is on hand. The article was...
  11. Re: I was recently interviewed by SOLIDWORKS

    It is amazing how one thing can lead to another. I made a connection from this article, and was then interviewed for a book that is being written about learning. More specifically, how figuring out...
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    Re: Fixture design.

    Yes, I design fixtures all the time in SOLIDWORKS. Depending on your castings, they will have some tolerance variations that you will have to anticipate (I design in some adjust ability). I build my...
  13. Re: what am i doing wrong? - Trying to make a cylinder into sheet metal and flatten i

    I have never been able to get sheet metal to give me a flat pattern of a part that has a compound curve. Since you do not have a straight cylinder or cone, I suspect that is the problem. Your part...
  14. I was recently interviewed by SOLIDWORKS

    I was recently interviewed by Micheal Fearon of SOLIDWORKS, for their blog. They were specifically interested in how I use SOLIDWORKS as an artist/engineer.

    If you would like to be more creative,...
  15. Hey Varkentje, Thanks for reaching out. Do you...

    Hey Varkentje,

    Thanks for reaching out. Do you have a CNC at this time, and just getting started, or are you looking to get started? You are welcome to come by my shop and check out the CNC I...
  16. Any Artcam users in Northern Utah? Inter-mountain Region?

    I am looking for an ArtCAM user in the area, I am willing to trade programming for access to ArtCAM from time to time. I have used the program a lot, and I am an expert CAD/CAM user. Would be awesome...
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    Also, I am rendering with Photoview 360, part of...

    Also, I am rendering with Photoview 360, part of SW Premium package.
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    Yes, I created the part files and assembly just...

    Yes, I created the part files and assembly just as you would if you were designing a product, then rendered the files. By manipulating the appearance, lighting and camera angles I create the look I...
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    Combining SolidWorks and art

    A few years ago an injury and the economy drastically changed my direction in life. I went from being a full time artist, to being a full time engineering consultant. However, the art genie is not...
  20. No, we haven't tried anything yet. We just...

    No, we haven't tried anything yet. We just started exploring the process. I am looking for more info, setup, software, etc. Hopefully someone is doing this setup and is willing to share enough...
  21. Running g-code on a proto-trak m3 controller

    I am wanting to patch into a proto-trak m3 controller and run g-gode from my CAM software. I did a search and found one comment from a member patching into the RS 232 port with an outboard computer....
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    Yes, I agree. We had a slight radius on the...

    Yes, I agree. We had a slight radius on the original parts, but it was for mechanical reasons like you mentioned, not intended to lessen heat sink issues.

    We just had the shafts lab tested,...
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    We are going to order pre-hardened shaft stock...

    We are going to order pre-hardened shaft stock and machine it down to our needs. Our machinist does not think it will be that much more to do it that way, and we don't have to worry about the heat...
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    Thanks again Mactec54, I went to my Solidworks...

    Thanks again Mactec54,

    I went to my Solidworks group quarterly meeting tonight. And talked to some of the engineers there. They confirmed what you are saying here. I love projects like this...
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    Thanks Mactec54 I would have never guessed...

    Thanks Mactec54

    I would have never guessed that sharp corners on threads would make a difference. Any finger in the wind guess on a hardness to shoot for?

    Do you know if the shafts we have can...
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