Here is a list of all the postings Versaboss has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Q: Print Nozzle Hole Shape?|
Uh-oh- if using a square hole in a printer nozzle, wouldn't it be necessary then to rotate the nozzle so that it is always tangential to the movement of the print head...?
Edited By Versaboss on 31/07/2019 22:26:06
|Thread: Removing Broken Tap|
What do I know... but I think it is bad practice to use serial taps in Stainless. Parts of the unfinished threads get work-hardened, and then good-bye...
Just now I have 48 tubular 'thingies' in the workshop, at least 3 different grades of stainless steel (scrap from the merchant), diameter 16 mm, which should get a M12 thread at least 20 mm deep, I drilled 10.5 instead of the standard 10.2 mm, and will do the thread in one swoop with a machine tap. Can tell the outcome in a couple of days, if it still interests someone...
|Thread: Making a Start in FreeCAD|
Yes, what you said is true, but as I think there are thousands of users, and afaik it is not possible to search the enormous list of public drawings. If you want to be safe(r), just give your work a meaningless name.
I had also a look at some Fusion videos, and there and also in FreeCad the author(s) emphasize the importance of 'constraints'. Onshape also uses constraints, but you use them only if you really need them (e.g. make a line tangent to a circle, or parallel to another line, or 2 circles concentric.
Another point: I think it is really easy on Onshape's site that it is absolutely free for private use.
Edited By Versaboss on 20/06/2019 17:29:23
I think SOD's tutorial is really what is badly needed for FreeCad. But I really wonder every time why Onshape is never mentioned here (except by me I think!).
I just did SOD's example in Onshape, and it is so much easier. The only thing I would do differently next time would be the cross bar. I have it visually correct, but the build tree shows an error.
Unfortunately I don't know how to insert screen pictures here (except via long winded procedures), but as it is a public part, anybody using Onshape can see it (under SODexample).
|Thread: Is CAD for Me?|
Aah - after reading all that stuff and shaking my head in disbelief I decided to 'design' Nigel's bush in Onscape.
I have to add my comments above as I don't know how to write something below a .jpg
So the second one is the result as it is shown in Onshape. The dimensions are in the (now invisible) sketches.
|Thread: Downloadable issues|
To make it short, could you give a hint (read: link) where this upgrade is still possible?
Edited By Versaboss on 13/05/2019 11:44:49
Reading that UK law above makes me shudder... I can go to the nearest chemist's shop and get acids over the counter, no problem. 1 kg of H2SO4 they had to order from their supplier, and nitric acid they had only a small bottle (1/4 l) in stock.
And in contrary to a widespread belief H2SO4 is not ccorrosive. What was the name of that famous model engineer which put his loco 'Como' in a glass box together with a bowl of concentrated H2SO4, to keep the humidity low and the rust at bay?
|Thread: Black Holes|
Isn't the word 'light' in the sentence above a bit misleading? Afaik a radio telescope doesn't see 'light' in the sense we usually use that word. I suppose the black hole picture is a computer generated picture from whatever electromagnetic waves they received.
If I'm wrong, I am eager to learn more...
|Thread: (Almost) every year MEW subscription|
Many thanks for all who helped (especially Neil).
I am very sorry having to add a new chapter to this endless story.
Well, 14 days, ok maybe they send it by horse coach, but better than never.
So I sent another email to Ms. Buckley, which I copy here too:
>> Dear Ms. Buckley,I was very pleased to find an envelope from MTM in my letterbox. But unfortunately I
Now I will see what happens after the next two weeks, but I slowly get the feeling that my subscription is for the foxes as we say here.
All ok now (I believe...), could even have a look into my account. The mail addr I used for the subscription did not work for the account, strange but I can live with that.
Many thanks for the help
With Neil's link above, and using another email address, I could (successfully???) start a new subscription.
Setting up an account (to check at which time the subs starts) was not possible, though. The 'Thank you' email gives no information about this. So I wait with bated breath if the issue 273 lands in my letterbox. If no, then I would need the help of a good-natured soul who would buy it and send it to me. All expenses covered via PayPal...
I repeat: it's not so easy!
When I use the link from MEW272, page 53, I only come to a subscription page for Model Engineer. What has happened with the one for MEW!!! The link contains the letters 'mew'...
Slowly I'm getting really grumpy!
Ah, it's not so easy...
Yes I got an email with a link for resetting a password (if I have one, what's not so sure). but I was away from home last week ant the email had a terribly small time window of 6 hours...
Now I'm in fear to loose MEW 273, as this has not arrived here and I don't know when my subscription ends.
I'm trying now to get a new subscription with a Gmail address.
A couple of weeks ago I got a nice letter from Mytimemedia to renew my MEW subscription.
Unfortunately I misplaced this letter, but that shouldn't be a problem I thought.
"Sorry, we are currently unable to complete your order because either we don't ship to your country
As neither of this is true, and I am not able to clear these problems by telephone, I wrote an email to
So that's going full circle now, and unnecessary to say that nothing works. When I try to open "Myaccount", I'm asked if I hhve a password.
I mark the button 'no', but on the next page I have to enter a password.
In my desperation I tried to buy a new subscription, even if then I get some issues twice.
Regards, grumpy Hans.
P.S. I've just seen another thread about similar problems, and Neil's answer is exemplary: Just make a telephone call....
Is it so difficult to understand that it's not possible for everybody on the whole earth to make a telephone call, when both parties understand possibly 30% what the other side says...
Edited By Versaboss on 02/10/2018 13:30:11
Edited By Versaboss on 02/10/2018 13:30:50
|Thread: Identifying Collets|
Well if the 'A' could also be a 'V' (seen from the other side), then it would be Schaublin. Possibly W20?
|Thread: A beginners' guide to aluminium anodising?|
Go ahead with anodising, it's not too difficult!
I remembered that (quite some time back) I put a picture from my first trial in my album. A small test piece, coloured with magenta Inkjet ink. I added now another two, showing parts from my tonearms. The blue parts are also done with inkjet ink, blue this time
The parts on the other arm are coloured with products from The German firm 'Electronic Thinks'
Here you can get all what you needs for your anodising projects.
Btw. I made some tests with those textile colours, but no success. It seems that only one of the different Dylon (?) products can be used, and it seems this one is difficult (or impossible) to find.
OK, here then the pictures:
|Thread: Todays Mystery Object?|
To continue with the thread drift. if you allow:
I always wondered what units one has to use for E=mc^2 to get a meaningful result. In SI units it would mean E in Joule, mass in kg, c in metres per second... but is this correct?
|Thread: Cataracts [ocular, not Hardinge]|
it's a bit depressing to read about all that successful cataract operations. So I can keep the balance to show one which went belly-up.
About 5 years ago my eye doc found it necessary to talk me into a cataract surgery. I had the usual fears, but finally succumbed and went ahead. But afterwards I had the feeling that something was wrong. Straight lines were not straight, circles were more like eggs, all persons on TV had flat head sides etc. etc. Naturally I immediately cancelled the second surgery date. A long series of tests followed, culminating in a second surgery in which the glass body in my eye was removed. Unfortunately the success was almost nil.
The upper wavy line is the retina surface. Maybe you can understand a bit what kind of 'picture quality' results from that. A further problem is that part of my short-sightedness was corrected with the artificial lens, so I have now two very different apparent picture sizes in my eyes, which somehow the brain tries to overlay. Estimating distances is quite difficult now.
I don't want to bring panic an all those who stand for that decision, but unfortunately the docs never tell what can go wrong. 999 out of 1000 come out well, but if you happen to be the one...
|Thread: silver solder|
Roderick is absolutely correct, Castolin/Eutectic 1801 is equivalent to the famous Easyflow. Luckily it is still available without problems here in Switzerland. Maybe you will get it back after Brexit?
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