Search found 28 matches

by fishtoprecords
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:30 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 3d vs 2.5d, is it well defined?
Replies: 10
Views: 2339

3d vs 2.5d, is it well defined?

I am not sure that I understand the difference between 2.5D milling and and 3D. Is there a clear difference, or is the difference as fuzzy as my understanding?
by fishtoprecords
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New CNC user - what to expect?
Replies: 14
Views: 2310

Re: New CNC user - what to expect?

WillAdams wrote: end mills have to be considered a consumable item.
Which also means wear safety glasses. If you don't have them yet, buy some.

End mills break. Small parts of sharp steel go flying.
by fishtoprecords
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:41 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Cutter flute lenght for Aluminum
Replies: 12
Views: 2520

Re: Cutter flute lenght for Aluminum

I thought about that too but I don't know how I would accurately position it. Drill a couple of alignment holes in the part (in the waste area) and into your wasteboard. Put pins in them. Machine one side, flip and align on the pins. If you want to be really serious, you can ream the holes to a pre...
by fishtoprecords
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Assembly
Topic: Missing three precision washers
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: Missing three precision washers

BTW, mine was missing a couple of 5mm button head screws. I sent a note to Inventables, and got the replacements and a couple of spares, no muss, no fuss. I was very happy with their service.
by fishtoprecords
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: future of furniture CNC machining
Replies: 10
Views: 3318

Re: future of furniture CNC machining

The sad thing is, even with a metal detector it's too labour intensive to mill trees from an urban environment, so they tend to go into a shredder For sure. I just had a 44" diameter poplar tree taken down, it had at least a 50' straight trunk. It went straight into the shredder. There were tons of...
by fishtoprecords
Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:40 am
Forum: Assembly
Topic: tap broken - good & bad news?
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: tap broken - good & bad news?

I just went to my local Home Depot and they had the required M5 x 0.8 tap in stock and it was fairly inexpensive. As @will says, nearly any good hardware store should have them in stock.
by fishtoprecords
Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How many forums do we need?
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: How many forums do we need?

A count of how many forums we need is, IMHO, the wrong question. A user community will flourish where there is support. Activity begats activity. There is probably a valid question of the kinds of communities are needed. As a rookie S 2 buyer/builder, right now I'm interested in official Inventables...
by fishtoprecords
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: video or other manufacturing details on the MakerSlide?
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: video or other manufacturing details on the MakerSlide?

Yeah, that video is what got me asking deeper questions. How are the dies designed? Are there a series or just one? etc.? I just spent most of this afternoon taping my MakerSlide and I'm sure that that 4.5 mm bore in the slide was not drilled. The open V parts are fairly easy to see, but the complet...
by fishtoprecords
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: video or other manufacturing details on the MakerSlide?
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

video or other manufacturing details on the MakerSlide?

My curiosity wants to know how they make the MakerSlide. Obviously, its an aluminum extrusion. I assume that there are a few dies that they press the hot aluminum through so that at the end: Magic: a MakerSlide. I"m more than a bit vague on the details. Anyone know of videos, discussions, etc. on ho...
by fishtoprecords
Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: Assembly
Topic: gShield LED's glow when unpowered and gantries moved
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Re: gShield LED's glow when unpowered and gantries moved

Motors and generators are the same. You just drive a motor with power and you get motion. With a generator, you drive the shaft with motion, and you get power. I don't know for sure, but I expect that the gShield has some diodes to dump that power. I"m sure Alden or one of the other folks over in th...