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by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Australia and New Zealand
Topic: Need a filament fix - where?
Replies: 4
Views: 4204

Re: Need a filament fix - where?

Last year sometime? I haven't been using the printer much and had stocked up, so it came as a bit of a surprise when it was all closed up. Speaking with him, seemed the payback wasn't there for the crazy hours it was chewing out of his life to keep the site and customers well supported and he moved ...
by Captain Starfish
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Australia and New Zealand
Topic: Need a filament fix - where?
Replies: 4
Views: 4204

Need a filament fix - where?

Sadly, now that McSlappy has McSlapped the doors closed at DoDadDoes and moved onto other projects, I find myself in search of a new dealer for the good stuff.

Any recommendations for an Aussie supplier of halfway decent ABS and Nylon filaments?
by Captain Starfish
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Every time I see an email from <support@seemecnc.com> I get a little excited as I click the link. This is pretty much the only thread I'm subscribed to nowadays, so I know what's coming - and once again you've not disappointed with your teasing. :D Not something I'd have ever thought of using those ...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Ouch, frustrating times. Good to see you sticking at it, photos look great and can't wait for an update!
by Captain Starfish
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Very encouraging. Be interesting to see how it goes when loaded up and again after a few tens of hours' wear but then, of course, it's pretty easy to replace the plastic slide if it gets worn, yes?
by Captain Starfish
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

As always, you've thought it through. And yeah, compromises :-/ Like I said 3 screws isn't a major PITA though and it keeps things simple, rigid and good.

Looking forward to reading the magic runout numbers when it's built.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Looks good and meaty. Guess it will always be a tradeoff between convenience / speed of switching chucks vs strength and runout. I kinda like my SEIG's screw on chucks just because it doesn't become a major operation every time I change over. I do change frequently, from 3 to 4 jaw and less often to...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Sorry, R5? I meant 5C. Derp.

This beast just keeps getting more and more fascinating. Keep up the great work man!
by Captain Starfish
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

I was hoping it'd be something like that on the "thin" cross section :) I'm seriously wishing you all the best with the ATC design, most reservations come from the primary thought "If it were that simple, why's everyone messing around with pull studs and claws and bellevue washers and...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

!!

Not too confusing at all. My cheapo chinese 24000rpm spindle has an ER-20 collet chuck and, like pretty much everyone else, I've thought about a compact ATC mechanism that doesn't cost a fortune. Having a tapered entry (for self alignment) "spanner" form that I could lock the collet nut in...
by Captain Starfish
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

I wondered if you were watching the whole o-drive thing unfold when you were talking about batteries before - it's a tidy solution by the looks of it. An ER-20 option would be great (says the guy who has already standardises on ER-20 on three machines in the shed :) ) Not sure how much added value y...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

There are two CNC machinists at work. One on his old Bridgeports with their burnt-in CRT consoles, the other with shiny new Haas machines. The old-timer does EVERYTHING conversationally from dimensioned drawings using the Bridgeport language. He reckons he can set it up to trickle feed g-code from a...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

I dunno. With Fusion 360 now offering a fairly sane (and free for hobbyists) 5 axis CAM system including mill and turn operations, I think it's become a lot more readily available than it was before. Of course, creating the post processor file for it will be a bit of a challenge. Users might struggl...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

I'll admit I was only commenting on the basis of half heard comments about Kickstarter from the friend of a friend, so it might not be that bad. Interesting to hear another perspective on the Skyfire saga, I know Iain at least sounded supremely happy with how it all worked out. Other funding alterna...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Also worth considering how much the kickstarter is going to eat out of your potential funding, I get the impression from a few who've written about the experience that they ended up with a lot, lot less than they were expecting by the time the proverbial pound of flesh was extracted. I also think th...
by Captain Starfish
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

No questions at the moment for me, you've explained over this thread pretty well how it will all hang together. Looking fantastic, can't wait to see more progress.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

No lathe fun times for the bore on these? Or at least a boring head to keep things coaxial? I guess if the plan is to flog kits ie make a few of them it's not just a case of knocking one out but of also working out how to most efficiently get good results. I'm liking the photos. You look like you ha...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Right? I'm camped on this thread for updates, hoping that my long dream of amalgamating my old lathe and manual mill with CNC and extra bench space. :)
by Captain Starfish
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Damn, dude.

*hits 'subscribe' again so many times the button breaks*
by Captain Starfish
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Impressive. That's a lot beefier & bigger than the pics / drawings suggest. I didn't get a sense of scale and the green got me thinking "oh, similar to the PocketCNC or the taig micro stuff". Nope, sounds about the same ball park as my SIEG AL60 and X2 which I've found of great utility...
by Captain Starfish
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Shiny. Real shiny! I take it that the plastic gib on box ways concept is still going well for you? Let's have some specs - work envelope, max tool sizes, spindle power, etc etc etc. Also if I bought/built something like this is there an option for a third or replacement X carriage to do more traditi...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Ye gods

That is ... beautiful

<sobs with joy>
by Captain Starfish
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 34173

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Bump...

Any progress on this masterpiece? :)
by Captain Starfish
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: God I hate this thing
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: God I hate this thing

This is the thing, though: the curling edges, the jammed nozzles, all of that kinda crap is stuff you'll have to deal with regardless of the printer. The only big difference with the commercial FDM printers is that there's then a number to call so you can pay someone to come out and deal with it, in...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: God I hate this thing
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: God I hate this thing

Yeah, it's frustrating when it doesn't work. Looking back through your post history you seem to have gone through most of the little issues I've had. Having used other machines, I've a suspicion that any machine is going to be a PITA to continuously, reliably get prints without issues. Mine's now ki...

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