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Posted by winchdoc | Feb 18, 2009 @ 09:24 PM | 10,041 Views
Posted by winchdoc | Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:42 PM | 8,846 Views
I got to use my machinist powers yesterday to make a spare part for my CNC mill.

This machine has a robotic arm to automatically change tools. Not a big deal in the world of industrial CNC stuff, but pretty schweet for a garage toy.

There is this piece that serves double duty as a ramp to actuate the tool grabber fingers, and it also mounts the coolant ring onto the machine.

It broke.
It broke a long time ago, probably due to a Z-axis crash by the previous owner. I kinda knew about it but just ignored it.

I was cleaning out the coolant ring the other day (full of nasty stuff, ick)and I re-discovered the broken part.
The dilemma here was that by taking apart the tool change assembly, I could still run the machine, but no tool changes could be made in automatic mode.

So I took the broken part, and measured it, made a quick sketch, and made a replacement using the jog mode and DRO position readouts, much like you would do on a Bridgeport.

Pretty satisfying to be able to make repair parts for a machine on that same machine!...Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Dec 21, 2008 @ 02:41 PM | 9,127 Views
We got snowed on here in the Hut-in-the-Woods, and for a while it looks beautiful!...Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Nov 16, 2008 @ 08:36 PM | 10,054 Views
The WinchWench and I rode our bikes south this weekend to Monmouth OR., where we watched my youngest son, Joe play in a rugby match.

They won (slaughtered 'em) and remain undefeated with only one more game to play.
Posted by winchdoc | Nov 03, 2008 @ 01:39 PM | 9,385 Views
Right before I was downsized, I went and bought a new (to me) motorcycle.

A Buell Ulysses! It's sorta a cousin to the H-D sportster, but dosn't share any common parts, save maybe fasteners.

It's quick, fast enough, and get this, it has heated grips!
I thought it was a foo-foo extra until I tried them out on a cold morning ride to work... OH, YES!! me likey!