Mill Coolant

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One thing that I have struggled with as I’ve learned to machine aluminum is the appropriate settings for my mill. Too much speed with no feed and the aluminum gums up. Too much feed and no speed and the bit breaks. One thing that bigger mills often have is a coolant system. Some use floodContinue Reading

Bronze Bushings

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A friend asked me to make some bronze bushings for him.  This was my second time using DolphinCam.   I followed a similar path to my previous post on DolphinCam.  This time my friend sent a DXF directly.  I brought it in to DolphinCad and defined the profiles first. Here you can see the outlineContinue Reading


First Anodizing Run

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After 2 years in the making, I’ve finally anodized my first part.  Sort of …  As it turns out the wire anodized very well, but the part did not.  I will do another run with better surface preparation. I’ll also work to improve the contact with the part.


Milled Delta Carriage

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I’ve done two posts recently on how to use DolphinCam with the lathe.  I finally got around to using it with the mill.  I’ve included similar screenshots as before.  This time there are a few more profiles to worry about. This one presented a bit of a dilemma.  I wanted to cut it out ofContinue Reading


Vise Hold Downs

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About a year ago I purchased a precision vise for my mill.  Unfortunately it did not come with hold downs that would work with my mill.  I finally got around to making them.  Though it doesn’t appear so, it was a lot of work to finish all six sides and create the appropriate countersink holes.Continue Reading


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One of the challenges with anodizing is finish preparation prior to the actual procedure.  Using a polish wheel is one option, but its very cumbersome.  Another option is to use a vibratory tumbler.  Below is my first experiment with the tumbler.  The green fragments are fiberglass resin.  You can see the circulatory motion as theContinue Reading


Probe Break out Box

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One of the things that I’ve been trying to do on my mill/lathe is to make the alignment and calibration easier.  One of the add ons for mach3, MachStdMill makes this a lot easier through the use of probes.  Unfortunately some of the probes are normally open and some are normally closed.  He provides aContinue Reading


Dust Deputy

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Some time back I had received a dust deputy as a present and just got around to setting it up.  If you aren’t familiar with it, the idea is that it deposits the materials wood/metal swarf in a bucket rather than in the vacuum itself.  The bucket is much easier to clean out than aContinue Reading

Mill Cooling Mount

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This is the great thing about 3d printers.  I needed to mount my locline nozzle up to my taig.  It took about 15 minutes to model the mount, 10 minutes to print, and 5 minutes to install.  Just awesome …  

Aluminum Heatsink for 3d Printer

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So it seems that replacing plastic heatsinks on the hot end with aluminum ones is all the rage.  I decided I would give it a try.  Since I had most of the parts from the QU-BD hot end, I thought I would whip one up on my lathe.  Below are a few pictures of theContinue Reading