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Thread: Looking for solution to incorrigibly jumpy needle roller bearings
18/08/2021 10:09:52

not done it yet

Er what video are you talking about?

Please put in a link.


Thread: Suitable steel for hammer heads
01/12/2020 12:06:49

A friend of mine has asked me to turn him some hammer heads. The hammers will go on wooden shafts. Some will be for metal panel work others for woodworking.

Suggestions for appropriate grades of steel will be appreciated. Also any suppliers that colleagues can suggest?

Thread: Arduino programming?
27/11/2020 11:08:35

Sorry to be slightly OTS.

I thought there was a version of Arduino that accepted programming in the Python script. Anyone know anything more.

Thread: metal supplies
28/06/2020 11:30:45


Don't be shy ! Who's this very well priced supplier ?

Thread: ML4
07/05/2020 16:55:41

I have been looking at various resources including the Myford Manual we downloaded to get an answer to a simple question.

Having set up your various gear change wheels on a Myford ML4 how do we lock the 'Banjo Arm' up into mesh with the main drive shaft gear. We have had the motor running (a very smooth and quiet BTH), When we tried to swing the banjo arm up into mesh with the drive gear it immediately forced the banjo arm downwards. We tried this with the motor both running and stationery .

The manual and '' are both silent on this subject !

As a second question when we held the banjo arm in place manually the change wheels all rotated correctly but the last change wheel (on the feed screw) rotates on the feed screw and isn't locked to the screw. Next to it on the feed screw is a knurled nut which is locked to the feed screw. Protruding from the end face of the nut is a metal stud. Is this a latching pin to lock the two together ? The pin doesn't appear movable and we cannot see a hole it is fitting into. Has it rusted solid ?

Many thanks for all replies

26/04/2020 15:11:35

Thanks for all the very helpful replies

Ivan from Bradford

23/04/2020 19:29:28

Recently purchased a ML4 and some accessories from a seller near Rishworth, West Yorks (it was advertised on the 'Pre Loved' site). Serial number is DA130 or LA130 (part of the number has paint on it).

Tried contacting 'Tony' from '' both to get the year of production and to ask him if he could sell us a ML4 manual. No reply so far. Is he having any problems ?

Does anyone have a manual we can purchase ?

Ivan from Bradford

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
15/07/2019 19:26:38

I just saved one of the .FCStd files as a AA_PRT file and it opened perfectly in Alibre Atom 3D. Looks like a case of problem solved. Thanks

15/07/2019 15:27:41

Slightly off topic (I have no doubt the 'Moderator' will move me to the correct thread !) I have been enjoying the 'new' Exercise Manual that we can get FOC through Mintronics. Mintronics were very helpfull getting me the correct discount code for this item. It contains practise with features which the original manual included with the trial program doesn't have.

The item which has been catching my eye is that we are encouraged by the program to save parts etc in a file format ending **.FCStd . What on earth is this format ? Alibre opens the files again quite happily but it doesn't change the fact that I have never before seen this file format.

Anyone shed any light on this weirdity ??

Thread: Learning Fusion 360
09/07/2019 15:06:12

+2 for McWhorter

Thread: Where to begin?
09/06/2019 19:18:58

I have looked at three CAD programs so far:

I started with FreeCad. I couldn't even get into the opening screen to try a 2D sketch (these are the base from which all 3D assemblies are created). Looked at a tutorial but it didn't explain how to start getting the basics done before using the fancy tools the tutorial was going on about. The manual was a few pages of a wikimanual style sheet which was telling me about all the powerful features but nothing about the basics.I also tried to log onto their forum. Was told that I had to fill in an online form and would be sent a forum registration code. Tried three times - no code received. BTW if you can get FreeCad to work it includes a CAM module to create G-code for your CNC machines.

Then looked at Alibre. This is a long standing industry favourite. You can go on to forum threads talking about all sorts of high level programs and their is always someone coming on with a comment on the lines of 'I have been using Alibre 20 years. and it meets all my needs'. It is available on a 6 month trial from MEW or Bob Warfield's cnccookbook blog. In addition to the info in MEW their are tutorials and a very well laid out exercise manual directly linked to the opening screen. There is a very friendly helpful users forum for Alibre - the login key was sent to me with the program licence key. A very professional package. I found myself using the program within an hour.

Alibre Atom3d is officially £199 when the trial period ends but I understand persons using the 6 month offer have already had a special offer price of £165 emailed to them by a UK distributor..(Low prices for good quality CAD programs).

Then there is Fusion 360. It is free, has a massive base of tuturials etc. One odd thing is that your drawings are saved on the 'cloud'. When I tried to open the opening screen I couldn't ! I started on a tutorial and within minutes it was working very easily. There are some excellent keyboard shortcuts to save time doing regular activities. Like FreeCad it can also generate G-code for your machines.


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