Here is a list of all the postings blowlamp has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Explorer 9|
A snip of some of the actual wording from the Microsoft website and the text continues with the ways the issue can be resolved.
Some websites may not behave as expected in Windows Internet Explorer 8 or in Windows Internet Explorer 9. This problem does not occur in earlier versions of Internet Explorer, and the affected websites continue to be displayed correctly and to work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 7.
For example, you may experience any of the following symptoms in Internet Explorer 8 or in Internet Explorer 9:
Some websites are designed for older browsers. You may experience compatibility issues on these sites until they are updated for Internet Explorer 8 or for Internet Explorer 9.
Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 include a Compatibility View feature that displays websites that were created for older browsers as they were designed to appear with Internet Explorer 7. You can enable Compatibility View in Internet Explorer or on the Web server...
I find some the beauty of having the dxf files lies in being able to print off drawings as and when needed for use in the workshop, without fear of damaging the original. They can be made to a convenient size and have superfluous data removed as required, as well.
I think they could - and should be made available here. Maybe even sell them (nominal fee of course) with a 50/50 split for the author and publisher?
|Thread: Help needed in finding a Website|
Was this it? http://www.welsoft.co.uk/
|Thread: Where Can I get a 1-1/2 dia x 1/16 slitting saw ?|
They've got a 40mm x 1.6mm here http://www.tapdie.com/html/slitting_saws__slitting_saws_i.html
|Thread: Gib Adjustment - how tight is too tight?|
Sorry chaps, but I can't imagine what improvement you could expect by putting ball bearings in there.
If you're sure the lathe isn't worn, then I'd suggest you keep it simple and adjust the play out with the screws as designed and provided by Myford.
Because I find locking nuts infuriating, the one thing I do on my own stuff is remove them and apply a bit of that blue thread lock to the adjusting screws. That way they become stiff to turn, but remain easy to adjust.
Edited By blowlamp on 17/06/2011 15:32:31
You can fiddle with the screws 'til the cows come home and still not be happy.
The best way of adjusting the slides is to nip the adjusting screws down so that movement is just a little tighter than you need and then tap the slide (on the same side as the adjusting screws) with a mallet or hammer + wood etc to reseat everything until you get a nice even movement.
It's how it's done in the factory
|Thread: Explorer 9|
I'm using Internet Explorer 9 for this message, on Windows 7.
|Thread: ME and MEW index|
|Thread: Arc Euro Trade High Speed Spindle Motors|
I've got the equivalent Chinese motor and inverter combo from Ebay that John mentions.
To all intents and purposes runout is non-existant, as is motor noise, so I imagine the Arc Euro products would be as good.
As an indication of how little noise emits from the motor at full speed, I can tell you that the cooling fan for the inverter is noisier and the cutting process is far more significant in its contribution.
The cycle computer used in the article has an RPM feature and so doesn't need calibrating.
|Thread: The ongoing saga of John's floor|
Assuming the old nut was still usable: Bolt it to your miller bed and in alignment with the (also bolted down) bore of your new nut. You could somehow attach a single point cutting tool to the end of the threaded rod (a bit like a between centres boring bar) and use it to cut one of the starts. Repeat the operation seven more times by indexing the threaded rod within the old nut.
Edited By blowlamp on 11/06/2011 14:17:51
You've gotta tap!
|Thread: Living with the digital copies|
Is everyone aware that you can quickly zoom your screen size by pressing CTRL and + (plus) or - (minus) keys before taking a screen-dump, to get the size and level detail you need?
|Thread: Prams and teddies again|
I have supplied an article along these lines to David at MEW, but I don't know if or when it might be published.
In it, I've tried to show how a part can be draw quite simply in an (affordable) CAD program and transfered to an (affordable) CAM program, to produce the instructions (G-code) for the CNC milling machine/router to run.
As John S. points out, there's virtually no need to look at, let alone fiddle with the code once the CAM has produced it. The whole point of a CAM program, is to relieve you of the tedium of figuring out the right numbers and appropriate instructions and allow you to concentrate on other, more important things.
|Thread: New technology in Model Engineers Workshop|
OH MY GOD!... He's done CAD drawings as well!!... When's it going to end ...Aghh!!
|Thread: DRO,s fo Mini Lathes.|
Whilst not as elegant as a more expensive setup, I'm finding (the one) I have fitted to the cross slide of my Clarke CL300 lathe to be quite useful and accurate. I haven't fitted a DRO to the top slide because of it's bulk.
If you forget about trying to use them in the way you would a 'professional' DRO and think of them simply as 'digital dials', i.e. allow for backlash, then they make some sense. Don't forget they work in imperial and metric too and are switchable at any time.
|Thread: This months MEW are 3 CNC features two too many|
I was questioning the mentality of the virus writers and those that set out to cause trouble to others - not yours.
I can't agree with your angle on which party is to blame in the event of a virus attack though.
Because of the huge amount of hardware and massive number of software applications, Windows has to try to be all things to all men. Reducing its openness would reduce choice for us all, as third parties would find it harder to develop applications. Because of this necessay versatility, my view leads me to believe it's going to be more vulnerable to the hackers and virus writers. I can't really see that Microsoft would actually want to keep writing patches and updates, but they have to for the sake of their business.
Good luck with the CAD.
|Thread: Why did my Flywheel Wobble?|
More than likely a problem with the boring tool, such as a lack of rigidity, wrong clearance angles (which cause the tool to rub), or off centre height, giving 'bell-mouthing', etc.
Could also be hard spots in the casting. Something like that anyway.
|Thread: This months MEW are 3 CNC features two too many|
Frankly, this says more about the mentality of some people rather than the reliability of Windows software. After all, if a stranger took a hammer to your Mac and destroyed it, then you'd surely agree that it wouldn't be fair to blame Apple for that - I think the principle carries through in this context too.
When it comes to other O/S's then apart from EMC2, there is very little choice of CAD/CAM/CNC software for the Linux platform.
As far as I am aware, there is some engineering CAD software available for the Mac, but offhand I can't bring any CAM or CNC controller software to mind, as I haven't needed to look.
|Thread: My skeleton clock|
That's some lovely work you've done there!
As for the Balance Spring, did you ever try wrapping the wire around a threaded mandrel to keep the pitch even?
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