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Member postings for Ian McVickers

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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.

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.

Thread: What method do you use to find center height for your lathe bit?
28/06/2019 11:48:31

I use the scribed line on my tailstock.

Thread: Omnimill 00
24/06/2019 13:06:09

Thanks Brian.

Julian, a DRO is planned for the machine but I will need to get my Warco GH Universal sold first but that will be after holidays.

Thread: laser cut mild steel
24/06/2019 12:27:21

The laser will heat the metal around the cut to above its transformation point and this will create a Heat-affected Zone. The HAZ for laser cutting is quite small and localised near the cutting point. For CO2 lasers Oxygen is mainly used for cutting mild steel but Nitrogen can also be used for high pressure cutting. Nitrogen mainly used for high pressure cutting Aluminium and Stainless Steel. At least that's how we do it.

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
08/06/2019 11:09:36

Nice work Jim. How did you make the connecting rods?

Thread: Omnimill 00
08/06/2019 11:00:37

New table drive motor fitted. Had to alter the length of the existing opinion, make an extension shaft and fit an extra bearing inside the mounting plate to get it to fit correctly. It took a bit of time but works well now.

table drive motor.jpg

I picked up a 24v dc led lamp from eBay to give it a try as a machine light and it works well. Fitted a couple of pipe holders to the side of the mill column. An insert was glued into the bit of stainless steel pipe to drill and tap for the lamp bracket and the tube was slotted so that the cable could be run through it.

led light mount.jpg

led light 2.jpg

led light 1.jpg

I may get another lamp for the other side but will see how it goes when I get started making some bits on the machine. Just got the coolant to sort out now and it should be all done.

Thread: Hello from Fife
05/06/2019 21:01:45

Welcome to the forums. I'm not far away near Falkirk.

Thread: Colchester Lathe Factory
30/05/2019 20:29:37

Great video. Loved the bit with the lamp going on above the box to show what part went where.

Thread: Omnimill 00
30/05/2019 19:34:35

Did a bit more cutting tonight with one of the horizontal cutters picked up from eBay. Definitely happy with the cut quality so far.

first horizontal cuts.jpg

Now I need to get on with sorting out the table drive.

28/05/2019 09:23:15

Thanks for the compliments guys. It has been a nice project to do. Decided last night that I couldnt wait any longer and stuck a bit of sqaure steel bar in the vice and had a go with the horizontal cutter. So far I`m well impressed. Nice cut with a used cutter I picked up from ebay. Started making some T nuts for the table.

Thread: alluminium extrusion
28/05/2019 09:17:44 have steel and stainless steel u profile if you cant find any alloy stuff. Its under Edging sections in their shop.

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