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Member postings for Stuart Bridger

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Thread: HP printer on Windows 10
21/03/2019 15:28:34

1 - Type "Printer" in the search bar
This should bring up "Printers and Scanners" at the top of the list, click on this

2. - Find your printer in the list presented, click on it

3 - Click on "Open Queue"

4. - Here you will see the items in the queue, you should able to click and cancel the job here

Edited By Stuart Bridger on 21/03/2019 15:36:39

Thread: 1/2" x22tpi tap?
19/03/2019 13:54:17

UNS = Unified Special, 1/2 x 22 still isn't a standard size though...

Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
25/02/2019 10:59:56

Beautiful work and great skills on show here. Seriously impressed

Thread: which mill
19/02/2019 10:14:31

Another vote for the the VMC, would recommend a DRO as it makes things so much easier

Thread: Mystery object
15/02/2019 08:36:06

Matrix were (and still are) clutch manufacturers. Only a guess, but some form of alignnment tool?

Thread: Single to 3 phase invertor and smart meters
11/02/2019 18:44:09

I agree that all the predicted "savings" for the consumer are complete bullsh*t for the majority of customers. I finally relented because I was getting so fed up of being bombarded with information. I have had a new meter for about a month now. My supplier has not yet caught up with the billing. It is a bit of a novelty to see what does and doesn't consume energy, but as others have said, the vast majority of usage is essential. The house is heated by a ground source heat pump, which is 2.3kW. I pay my bill on monthly standing order, whch means I spread the cost of the winter over the year, but on the slipside my account is also in credit for most of the year. It will be interesting to see how more accurate usage impacts this. Time will tell

Thread: "Vintage" CNC
11/02/2019 13:13:35

Paul, I certainly remember SOLAR/CLASS, the production control system. Certainly the least interesting of all the departments in the porduction phase of the apprenticeship. I have a copy of the manual in my log book. As for green screen VDU's. Single applications were definitely their enemy. When i moved into Electronic maintenance and on inot the hardware side of the IT industry, many CRTs were replaced for screen burn in. But only when they were their last legs.

10/02/2019 18:00:53

I was seconded to a team working on implementing DNC at BAe Weybridge. My resposbility was the comms link from the design office computer room to the shop floor. Thie team was established just a few months before the site closure was announced. The project was canned.

10/02/2019 09:56:29

I recently dug out my apprentice training log book. Amazing what detail is in there. Pertinent to this thread was was example CNC code sheet that confirms that it was a Bridgeport that we were using back in 1981.

CNC Code Sheet.jpg

Edited By Stuart Bridger on 10/02/2019 09:57:20

10/02/2019 09:42:25
Posted by paul ellis 5 on 10/02/2019 08:13:31:

I have just read the post that started this conversation with a great deal of nostalgia. I too was an apprentice at BAe Weybridge, where I had my first experience of cnc.

I remember the cnc mill, which I am sure was a Bridgeport series 1 sat in the middle of the training school workshop floor, at the edge of the milling section. Also pet computer in the little classroom at the back of the shool.with its green screen . On the side of the terminal was the box that we produced the punched tape on.

I don't recollect the instructors name for the cnc mill but the milling section was run by mr Kell who was a very thin fellow with a bad temper, he liked to show off his expertise at milling. I remember him using one of the big cinncinati mills to demonstrate how good the new strasmill cutters were, cutting a 1" dia slot thro 1 1/2 inches of dural in one pass. I got on the bad side of him when I mistakenly mixed neat tapping oil with water as suds for the machines instead of soluble oil as he instructed , all 40 gallons of it !! created a really nice soup with red oil blobs floating in it. my name was mud.

I also remember the cnc was always covered in blue foam dust , as we had to prove the programs by cutting soft foam first, lest we G00 through the vice or something. happy days.

there were ten of us technician apprentices , we started in sept 81 , an we did the cnc machining in spring 82.



You would have been in the intake a year after me. If I remember correctly the instructor looking after CNC was Mr Speakman. A rather large sweaty man, who was learning at the same speed as us. No blue foam in sight, that must have been a later addition. You are right about Mr Kell running the milling section, a very unpleasant person. I got a dressing down for running a face mill in reverse. Being a complete newbie, I hadn't been told to check the direction, just assumed that all cut in the same direction. Us technican apprentices were aked if we had any feedback as to why not one of the craft apprentice intake that year wanted to take up milling. I am sure it was Mr Kell who put them off.

Thread: Proxxon MF70 went bang
31/01/2019 10:40:01

In my experience, a choke is the least likely component to fail. Its a passive component, basically a coil of copper wire. Not saying it can't fail, but I don't think I ever replaced one during my time in electronic repair. Much more likley to be the the Triac or the bridge rectifier.

Thread: Round indexable tips.
27/01/2019 20:47:03

I also use the 6mm Glanze tooling. Made a great job on a barstock flywheel. Needs a very rigid setup to a avoid chatter. Big advantage is being able to cut in both directions.

Thread: New Bandsaw Gloat
17/01/2019 19:50:40

Great timing, I'm looking to pull the trigger on a Femi bandsaw, just waiting in financial approval . I am am sold on the NG 120, based on capacity. This is on the same reasoning as buying a lathe, getting the biggest one I can afford. Feature creep is coming in though, is it worth the extra for auto downfeed? Also has one got the stand. No room on my bench, so the stand looks interesting.

Thread: Best value parting tool for mild steel?
09/01/2019 09:10:56

I use the Glanze clamp type mostly. Parts like butter on my chipmaster, with a mirror finish.
Only managed to damage one insert when doing something silly.

Thread: USB memory sticks
31/12/2018 15:27:28

The going rate for a Kingston USB stick is £700 for 1 TB and £1400 for 2TB, so for £13.95 what do you expect...
Also I do question the need for that much space on a stick??

Thread: Droop & Rein Information ?
31/12/2018 13:32:45

If my memory is working correctly. British Aerospace, Weybridge had a D&R copy mill. Its most "famous" task was milling the curved track for the nose drooping mechanism on Concorde. That said it was on its last legs then the operatros said it needed continual maintenance to keep it going

Thread: USB memory sticks
31/12/2018 09:24:32

Take care, a lot of scams regarding fake 2TB USB sticks

Thread: Insulation tester - some guidance please
20/12/2018 13:13:11

My first job was testing and repairing such devices.
The 4 wire "bridge meggers" were locally known as "bongo testers" and used for testing electrical bonding of aircraft structures.

Good Information here **LINK**

Thread: Barrier cream
14/12/2018 09:40:13

I did use RS Components 178-614 (now discontinued) but recently I have switched to using nitrile gloves over barrier cream.

Thread: Interests other than Model Engineering
06/12/2018 21:35:59

The reasurring thing about this post is that I am not the only one with multiple hobbies and not enough time to do all of them justice .

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