Some Projects To Work On

Not certain when I will be able to work on any of these, but these machines seem like a tremendous addition to any workshop. And they are all quite easy to make! Yes, I know these folks need to eat and feed their families, but since I am just a hobbyist, it makes little sense for me to spend thousands
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Darth Maul Master Replicas Dual Lightsaber Coupler

One of my CNC Dude YouTube viewers was having some kind of a duel with a Jedi and broke his Master Replicas Darth Maul Dual Lightsaber coupler. He asked if I could be commissioned to build this part and although many people have asked whether I am willing to build parts for a price, the unfortunate truth is that I
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CNC TOO Clean And Ready To Go!

ROTJ Lightsaber Project Files

One of my viewers has asked where can he download Luks’s ROTJ Lightsaber Replica files? Well, how about here: Luke_ROTJ_Lightsaber_Assy_Parts – If you have inventor, you can take a look at the assembly and part models in IPT format Luke_ROTJ_Lightsaber_Drawings_1-7-2016 – These are DWG and IDW files with the drawings. You should be able to get a free viewer and check
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The VFD Conundrum

After bringing my second PCNC1100 almost back to full fledged life, there is still one item puzzling me! The spindle on this machine moved at 2X the command speed. I know the belt is where it is supposed to be, the pulley has been assembled correctly and MACH3 has been configured properly (there really isn’t much you can play within
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Further Tapping Nightmares Resolved

Sometimes I pose the following question: “Why couldn’t things be simpler?” And here is the answer: Because if they were, what would there be to fill our life with grief, ragged tympanums, sandy throats and broken walls? After gathering all of my data on how to tap, I decided to go into Sprutcam and enter the threading operation only to find
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Tapping The Heck Out Of The Heck!

AHhh, Tapping! That activity invented by the human race which is destined to provide countless hours of hair pulling, carpal tunnel, broken taps and all sorts of vocal maladies launched into mid air while fueled by disproportionate demons. Unless you do it right… Except it is not that easy to make it right! One of the beauties about using CNC
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Learning a BIG Lesson!

For three years I have been using my PCNC1100 in the low speed range. I was under the impression that cutting aluminum at 1800 RPM was more than enough. And for some passes, it was. However, when doing pockets and 2D contours I was getting a ridiculous amount of chatter which results in the most horrendous finish. I kind of
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Sprutcam Licensing Trick

I do not recall how much I paid for my Sprutcam license, although I imagine it must have been somewhere in the vicinity of $1500.00. There are many CAM software suites out there, and although Sprutcam has managed to piss me off countless times, I am still confident it is one of the best deals out there. What truly pisses
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You Don’t Need To Be An Expert To CNC

Listen, dude! CNC, or Computer Numeric Control, can be utterly intimidating. Heck, machining overall, can be intimidating. You hear all these gurus out there talking about tenths of a thousandth and one thing is clear: Are these guys from another planet? I started machining stuff in 1996 when I took a Machine Shop night class on a local college. I
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