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Thread: Total CAD
02/12/2017 21:25:51

Hi, fusion 360 free? the best I could achieve was a free trial, can anyone post a link for the free package or explain how its obtained?



Thread: Grayson Lathe refurb
30/11/2017 20:09:26

Good point Muzzer, IIRC when I wuz a lad (long, long time ago) we were told in most instances think of CI as hard wearing but brittle and easy to break, you can take away as much as you like but you can't put anything back.

Thread: Arc euro and parcelforce. Great partners
30/11/2017 20:05:24

Had a nightmare with Herpes on several occasions and now won't buy anything unless it's being deleivered by PF or DPD, although as I said, DPD have dropped the quality of service in my area a lot and wouldn't be first choice. I had to make a return to ARC recently as an item I received was not as good as it should have been, it wasn't expensive but ARC quickly refunded my money and the postage I paid to return the item, top service.

29/11/2017 22:42:26


Just thought I would share an update on the subject from my POV.

It would seem that a change in events has now favoured Parcelforce. Recent parcels being delivered by DPD are proving almost impossible to get hold of. They have reduced the pick up options available to me by about 600% leaving just one local option. The only option now for collecting my parcels is open between 09:00 and 18:00 making it totaly useless for such a purpose. So a complete turn around in quality of service has taken place as at least the local post office is available outside of usual office hours.

I would have to be really struggling to get hold of something now to choose a supplier NOT using Parcelforce.

Thread: Milling a square channel
29/11/2017 22:18:13
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 29/11/2017 21:58:08:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 29/11/2017 20:44:37:
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 29/11/2017 11:31:57:

(in Watts per second)

Edit - just realised you mean Watt-seconds not watts per second.


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 29/11/2017 20:46:20

Doh - good job there's an editor about to spot these blunders! I'm definitely past my 'Best Before Date' - yesterday I caught myself looking for teabags in the fridge...

That's NOT how you make iced tea !

Thread: Chester or Warco.
22/11/2017 22:39:41

Thanks David, job done.

22/11/2017 22:19:57

Mods how do I ignore posts from Rockets, he's getting on my tits now.

21/11/2017 20:30:34

Just to offer some sort of balance, just over twelve months ago I went to the model engineering show at Stratford, I looked over the offerings from Warco and I was generally ignored, I walked across to Chester and had all my questions answered, I checked over their machines and was happy to order a DB10 Super. Since that time it has performed very well, accuracy is very good. Sure I have re-set the gibs, adjusted a few bits and fitted a larger QCTP, I use a ER32 collet chuck and have achieved very good results.

The machine is not without a concern, please note I said a concern, not a fault or an issue. The concern is that the gears used for screw cutting are not completely concentric on their shaft, I imagine using them for screw cutting could throw up a problem as the gear selector is a rigid arm and idler gear. I have no connection with Chester other than buying the lathe from Chester and being happy with it and I fully understand that some others have bought machines that they are not happy with. I decided to buy Chinese after lots of searching unearthed mainly well worn, noisy, neglegted and over priced used british machinery.

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 21/11/2017 20:32:19

Thread: New Lathe Problems advice needed
19/11/2017 20:35:10

Sorry to hear of your issues Ady, the general advice on the forum is bang on, you will always have a sub-standard machine even if you bodge it so that it stops chattering. If you take the individual parts and have thne re-ground then fair enough, BUT, you shouldn't have to. I belive the phrase "misrepresentation" applies here, they sold you a machine quoting various facts and figures to show it had been tested and was working to those tolerances, so you are fully entitled to walk away and let them have it back.

Thread: A model engineer gone wrong?
19/11/2017 20:23:41

I wish I lived in the same world as SOD and Mick B, ban guns instantly, then we will all be safe, phew good thinking chaps, it never occured to me that criminals are far too stupid to import them illegaly, or have them made illegaly or use other devices like explosives, vehicles, chemicals oh yeah knives, nearly forgot them.

So I am with you all the way, but just to be sure we should also ban any sharp instruments, any use of engineering equipment such as lathes, mills etc in case the're used to make weapons and what about 3d printing, I bet the people owning them are printing off undetectable guns as I type, better ban them as well, now if we could also get rid of the internet and mobile phones we can stop criminals communicating and buying all the things we just banned.

Ahhhh safe at last laugh


Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 19/11/2017 20:24:44

17/11/2017 22:48:43
Posted by Chris Trice on 16/11/2017 03:08:49:
Posted by David Standing 1 on 15/11/2017 15:38:20:
Posted by Chris Trice on 15/11/2017 15:30:21:
Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 15/11/2017 12:27:18:

Unfortunately many people are murdered by knives in this country no chance of them being banned.


Knives do not exist to kill people. Guns solely exist for that purpose.

Actually, they do not.

Amongst other things, I shoot clays, paper targets, pigeons, deer and much more. All of the guns used in those pursuits were designed for exactly that, not to kill people.

Guns don't kill people, people do.

Edited By David Standing 1 on 15/11/2017 15:39:01

Actually, guns WERE designed to kill whether it be animals or people. They were always a weapon the same as bows and arrows or crossbows. They weren't designed to shoot clay pigeons. The safer forms came later specifically because of the risk of hurting someone with a lethal weapon. No one designs an ineffective tool.

Actually I am pretty sure knives were equally up there with the intention of killing when invented, probably animals for food, and probably flint tied to a branch in it's very early stage of conception. As pointed out earlier although guns were undoubtedly invented to kill they have also become popular for sporting activities. I don't recall hearing or reading that any crime has been commited by way of a sporting target rifle being used, possibly because it would be virtually useless in such a scenario. Out of interest, I happen to own several bows, two or three of which would do far more harm to anything or anyone than any of my target air rifles, yet there are very little laws governing the buying and using of the bows and certainly no licensing. If all guns were banned maybe the odd lunatic who legally owns a gun would be filtered out, but the law abiding people would still be at risk from the criminals who have a tendancy to not register their weapon or apply for a licence.

Thread: Article Suggestion "White Elephant & Why"
15/11/2017 20:59:15

When I bought my Lathe (Chester DB10 ) I also bought a verticle slide, the angles of the mounting plate and the casting of the main body don't match, hence the gib strip, is at least 6mm X 8mm in an attempt to take up the error, but even that has different angles ground on it. If I had produced that as an apprentice I would never have been allowed to completed my first year. An ordinary angle plate with a mounting kit would have proved better quality and a better choice.

Thread: 'What LatheXXXXX sorry 3D Printer should I buy'
15/11/2017 20:46:37

Hi Martin (Blowlamp),

Yes I am using the trial version of MOI 3d, it's fantastic, I find it quicker to learn and use than fusion and it isn't slow in use and hasn't hung like fusion did. I am pretty sure I will buy it as I am already using it to produce small components and saving them in STL format, no need to export or anything.

The only negative is that there doesn't appear to be a lot of instruction or tutorial information out there, just one chap on youtube.

Hi Neil,

Thanks for that, at least I know that the factory 3d printer will come with Cura already packaged, hopefully I will find any help with using it on here (if needed).

Thread: A model engineer gone wrong?
15/11/2017 20:31:52

A point that seems to have been missed is that although a gun or knives or even vehicles can be used in a way that can kill or maim, however other than genuine car accidents which can and do happen, the acts of violence are generally undertaken by people who are criminally inclined. As far as I am aware, in this country, very few killings have been commited by a person actually classed as the legal owner of the gun possibly the same senario for the car. Knives and Acid are easy to hide away and easy to get hold of but it would be pretty damned impractical to suddenly ban all guns, all knives, all cars and the use of acids and alkalies, instead there should be much tougher sentences and prisons should be there to punish, deter and segregate the offenders. Then the criminals might thinks twice before embarking in criminal activity, if they do go on to commit an offence lock em up, who's going to miss em.

Thread: 'What LatheXXXXX sorry 3D Printer should I buy'
14/11/2017 21:43:57


Well with thanks to a suggestion by blowlamp in a different thread I am managing to produce cad drawings and convert them to 'stl' files ok. I sent a couple to a friend who then reported back that they printed off just fine. So all fired up with enthusiasm I started to look at just what 3d printer would best suit my needs, £800 is well more than I need to spend to produce the bits I want and so the factory3d kit looks ideal. However I have no seen that I will probably need some slicing software such as cura or simplicity.

As I am fast approaching old age and all the techno phobia that comes with it I doubt I have the willpower to learn yet more software or the funds to buy it, is it not possible to buy a 3d printer at a sensible price (no more than £400 in my case) that can accept a stl file that I have created and just print it, or am I missing something here?



Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 14/11/2017 21:57:05

Thread: end mills and slot drills
08/11/2017 22:09:17

Thank you David, I thought so, and yet several websites are describing one item but calling it by both names.

08/11/2017 21:58:25


I have long been of the understanding that a slot drill and an end mill are two different things in so much as, a slot drill can be used to bore a hole into the face of a workpiece and this si not the case with and end mill.

I now have a requirement to create several bores with varing depths at a diameter of 8mm, I want them to have a flat bottom and I was thinking of using a slot drill in my mill to do the job so that accuracy would be assured. On googling for slot drills I saw no end of adverts saying for instance "two flute slot drill or end mill".

Can anyone please advise me if end mills can indeed produce a bore accurately without wandering and chatering?



Thread: slit saw jams
03/11/2017 21:04:49

I would try stopping the cut just before reaching the end and try to wedge something (feeler guage maybe) into the cut to prevent it from closing up and pinching the saw, then continue to cut to the end.

Thread: Simple Cad Drawing start-up.....
01/11/2017 20:42:46

Ahhh Moment of Inspiration, thanks again Blowlamp.

01/11/2017 20:40:01


David yes I agree, whatever works best for a given person will be the best for them, that's why I am asking for their opinion, then I can see if one of those suggestions works best for me. Price wise I don't want to spend hundreds £ but tens is ok especially if it's an upgrade after a free trial etc.

Blowlamp, thanks, not sure if I can work out what MoI3d is but will google it, thanks again.


Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 01/11/2017 20:41:34

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