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Member postings for Ian McVickers

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Thread: Inverters and stop switches
07/11/2019 06:40:07

Just as an additional note to this, BS7671 is not a statutory document and does not apply to machinery wiring.

Thread: UK stepper motor supplier
06/10/2019 12:56:11

Zapp Automation have a decent selection.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
29/09/2019 17:58:11

Now that winter is approaching and I`ll be spending less time in the workshop and more time in X4 Foundations space sim I decided its time to make the HOTAS desk clamps that are far too expensive to buy.

Joystick clamp.jpg

Joystick one above more or less finished, just need to get some 8mm countersunk screws to replace the hex head ones. Need to do this on both clamps.

Joystick clamp 1.jpg

Both clamps.jpg

Both clamps fitted to my workshop table. The throttle one on the left needs the holes drilling and tapping to fit the throttle base when it arrives. Hopefully Virpil will get round to dispatching my order soon.

Thread: machine coolant pipe
09/09/2019 20:34:40

Steve, that will do nicely I think. Thanks very much. I tried all sorts of google searches but didn't think to go for a spare from something else.

09/09/2019 17:19:35

Hi all.

Has anyone found a supplier of flexible coolant hose at reasonable costs? I'm not talking about the plastic loc line stuff but the metal coil one. The only UK supplier I've found wants £50 plus £17 postage for one but I've found a USA supplier and the same one costs around $20, not sure about postage costs though.

Thread: Elliott Omnimill backlash
01/09/2019 18:53:19

This will be a job for me soon as well. Too much backlash in a x axis. I`m going to look at fitting a ballscrew but it might be too much work so other choices are make a complete new nut or make a nut holder which will take a separate nut made from round bar. Let us know what route you take and how you get on.

Thread: Lathe tool holder
24/08/2019 19:01:37

This is the first batch. I will get 5 or 6 from the current bit of bar but I'm planning on making more and also getting the next ones right.

Thread: Bantam cross slide end float
24/08/2019 18:56:29

IIRC the end float is adjusted by the central nut. It shouldn't be tight to remove or replace.

Thread: Lathe tool holder
24/08/2019 10:47:45

Thanks guys. It is an aloris type and it does grip the blank tool holder but its right at its limit. I will try out a shim with some Loctite and see how it goes. I`ll need to be more careful with the next batch.

23/08/2019 22:33:40

Boufht myself a new lathe quick change tool post and decided to have a go at making some holders. So 30mm thick plate, 240mm long 85mm wide, on the mill surfaced up. Dovetail slot roughed out to depth and started cutting the dovetails. Anyway don't know how I managed it but i`ve cut the dovetail slot 0.5mm too wide. So I really don't want to have to scrap the plate so I could weld up one side and recut it, probably killing the cutter in the process or I could make a shim and pin it to the top of the holder to keep it in place. Any other options to save the bar?

Thread: Lacquer or light oil?
18/08/2019 11:00:35

Renaissance wax polish would protect it.

Thread: Digital inclinometers
18/08/2019 10:56:42

I have two of the digital boxes. Larger one at home and a small magnetic type at work. Work one is used for calibrating the bevel heads on our plasma cutters. It is Bluetooth equipped so I can be at the controller with my tablet and set the head up from there. Handy devices.

Thread: Laser cut plates
01/08/2019 22:14:32

The cad file, either dxf or dwg, will be run through a post processor to convert it to a cnc file, g code or essi for example, which the machine controller will understand. The post processor will also add the necessary auxiliary function codes for beam on, beam off, kerf, speed etc.

Thread: ELLIOTT OMNIMILL
28/07/2019 19:34:00

Have a look at my Omnimill rebuild album. There are two photos with the vertical head assembly in place without the cover fitted. There is a vertical shaft fitted to the motor support bracket. The cover sits on top of it and has a bolt to hold it in place.

Thread: What mills have you had
22/07/2019 09:22:09

Centec 2A with the fine feed vertical head. Nice little machine but just too small. Really should have kept it.

Warco GH Universal, just about to go up for sale.

Omnimill 00

Thread: pc based dro
13/07/2019 18:05:38

Afternoon all.

I am looking at fitting a dro to my Omnimill and am quite interested in the pc based version. I have contacted Machine dro about their version and it's availability and am waiting on a reply. So has anyone else used or got a pc based version? I am also wondering about the ability to write different apps for the pc versions if required and has anyone come across this ability? I have a micro pc, touch screen monitor and a few encoders lying around so this would also be a more cost effective route.

Thread: Norton anti virus
10/07/2019 15:21:25

Nick your right. I've been happy with Norton for a very long time but simply couldn't believe it when I found out the keys are geo-locked. The other annoying thing was their tech support only really being interested in selling me something else rather than fixing the issue.

09/07/2019 02:28:27

Evening all.

I`m currently enjoying our family holiday in Orlando, apart from the thunderstorm the other night. It sounded like a bomb going off on the roof. I've never heard thunder so loud. Anyway back on topic. I got an email the other day saying that my Norton subscription was about to expire in 30 days, no issue I thought I`ll fix it when I get home. Anyway using my table last night got a message from Norton saying my trial version has expired and I need to renew it. Strange since I don't have a trial version. Anyway tried to log in and use my existing subscription for the rest of the month but it wouldn't let me, even though I should have been covered for another 30 days. So tried again today with the same results so I contacted Norton on line chat. After about 30 minutes of to and fro chat they eventually gave me a temp key to cover me until I get back home after trying several times to sell me upgrades and new deals for the next year. So basically it comes down to this, If you use Norton and have bought your product from a retailer then the activation keys for it are geo-locked and if you log out of Norton while you are away from home using your device then the protection stops working. In my case it logged me out on its own, Norton runs at start-up and should stay running. The only warning I got was when it said my trial version had expired. I've taken my tablet or laptop with me on holiday loads of times and never had this issue before but it never been near subscription renewal time, coincidence or am I just being sceptical?

So this unhappy long term Norton customer is moving elsewhere.

Thread: Thread Bare
02/07/2019 15:16:20

Helicoil kit would be my choice.

Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
28/06/2019 15:09:50

Floor swept and crap hoovered out of the machines at end of each day. Not a total clean each timebut get rid of most of the swarf then spray with wd40 and cover with cloth. Every now and again I go for a proper clean of the machines and floor.

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