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Old Apr 09, 2003, 09:17 AM
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desktop cnc , feed back before purchase

Hi all , I am interested in purchasing a desktop mill and am looking for feed back from you all that have or have used.

I am always struggling to make precision parts for R/C cars planes and heli's not to mention the quad,ski-doo,67 Camaro,63 Apache,86 GMC 4x$ and all my other interests , with an assortment of tools that were never intended to be as accurate as needed IE , old drill press,grinder, hand tools, etc.

will a well educated amatuer be able to use a modern fully programable
cnc mill and lathe.

any recommendations on equipment that you know of or have used

I do have self taught machining skills on lathe and mill when I managed a plant that I had access to a machine shop but these were dial indicated manually operated and did not have computer controls.

looking for feedback
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Old Apr 09, 2003, 07:21 PM
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You handy with the computer? CAD? You will need those skills.

Eric
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Old Apr 09, 2003, 07:43 PM
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skilz

very good with computers , have had some cad time not much, enough
to do what I have needed this far, I have Auticad lite 2000 seem to do the trick. I have had some exposure to big multi tool machining centers but they where pretty old and from what I have seen on the net thee have been some vast improvement in getting info from cad to cnc to finished part.
Am looking for maybe some guidence toward models that have good interface between computer and machine that will ease the fact that I don't have 15 yrs exp with wide range of periods of diffring equipment to draw on , I hope there is equipment out there that can take cad drawing and tranfer to plotted milling or turnin dimenions, not coming from this industry directly I need the assistance of those in the know.

I do not doubt my skills or learning capacities , I am merely looking for input from those who are in the industry or are knowledgably in the field of desktop machining centers

I will take links , posts , written direction even a point in the right direction and I can read the rest of the way
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:46 AM
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do you have any experience using a hand operated mill? if not, you should learn the basics of hand operated milling before you jump into CNC. it's like learning to walk before you run. i'm currently taking an intro to machine shop class at a local community college. it has been very educational, and a lot of fun. i plan to buy a regular sherline desktop mill soon, and convert it to CNC at some point down the road when i've got a good handle on manual milling.
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 03:24 PM
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mill,lathe,precision grinder,etc

yes I have used various machine shop equipment and have also designed the parts that I have made, mostly parts for my hot rods.
The only machines in the machine shop that I was not allowed to use
was the cnc machining centers, I have seen them operate and observed the programming on occassion. I think that a desktop mill would be a do-able now that I have done some more research and talked with a cpople of machine operators that I know, I could ask them to do it for me but that defeats the goal.

I have also been teaching myself auto cad.

In time I forsee a desktop mill in the shop.

Does anyone have a unit that they have had experience with either good or bad or particular manufacturers that make a quality unit for
home use at a reasonable price.
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Old May 02, 2003, 10:21 PM
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I know treemagnet has a Sherline that he converted to CNC. It's real limited to small parts. Kinda of a Joke really.
I would get a see pic, nice starter
mill and you can lick most jobs easiely.
Have a look at Crankys Brute it's table top. http://www.crankorgan.com/
You get to build it and learn the Art as well.
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Old May 03, 2003, 07:11 PM
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hey PP, which mill is that? got a link to a manufacturer or distributor?

thanks,
ben
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Old May 03, 2003, 07:11 PM
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hey PP, which mill is that? got a link to a manufacturer or distributor?

thanks,
ben
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Old May 03, 2003, 10:14 PM
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As far as I know there only here in Canada .
But your money talks louder here too
http://www.busybeetools.com/
Any way something along that like and your building big time.
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Old May 04, 2003, 06:53 AM
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thanks panzyproof

that was just what I was looking for but did not know where to go,
turns out there is an outlet rite here in town.
they also have a combo mill and turning center that looks to be rite up
my alley and for alot less than I might have thought.
I'll be on their doorstep monday morning.
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