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Thread: Dam Busters Channel Four tonight
03/05/2011 09:51:08
Posted by David Clark 1 on 03/05/2011 09:40:23:
Hi There
One of the bombs is at the Ringwood Town and Country Experience in Hampshire.
I was quite surprised how small it was.
regards David

It would certainly be an experience if anyone set it off
Thread: C A D for Mac
30/04/2011 11:07:06
Posted by david Garrett on 30/04/2011 07:51:05:
I have been using a $150 (£90 ??) CAD program called ViaCAD on my MAC for 3 years now. It is available here in the states ... not sure if it is available in the UK or Europe ...It I have used a several CAD programs on both Microsoft and MAC include Turbo CAD ... i have found ViaCAD to be significantly better for the $ than all that i have used ... I particularly like its tool that converts a 3D part into a 3 view 2D drawing ... i prefer to work from a 3 view drawing in the shop ...
I fully agree with you David. ViaCAD 2D/3D is actually $99.99 (about £60), but I've just taken advantage of their $99.99 pre-launch offer to buy ViaCAD Pro v7, which is usually $249.99
At launch, It's now gone up to $179.99, or there are upgrade deals to be had if you have a previous version.
Very useful software for me.
Thread: Where is Terry when you need him ?
24/04/2011 17:38:42
This is why I (blowlamp) commented that dxf files should be made available on this website
After all, it's a bit hard to draw a piston of larger diameter than it's bore and still have it make sense on screen in a CAD program, isn't it?
Thread: Technical and engineering drawing.
18/04/2011 13:19:17
Posted by Terryd on 18/04/2011 13:09:32:
... I still don't see how you can make a success of any model if you can't read a drawing properly.

Best regards



And how are you going to make anything of your own design, if you can't draw it and prove it's viability first?



Edited By blowlamp on 18/04/2011 13:20:49

Thread: Myford advice needed!
15/04/2011 18:06:07
You could have a look here for information about rebuilding an ML7 and here for more general ML7 info.
Thread: Suggestions please Vol2
06/04/2011 14:02:01
Remembering my school days - and just for a lark really, here's a variation of the idea
Having drawn it, I reaslised it might be useful to make a couple of the Gun Sights (in yellow) adjustable for height, to aid calibration.
06/04/2011 11:36:08
Hi Chaps.
I haven't seen the size of the bearing, but I've just got this nagging feeling that if it's got enough friction to self-damp to some degree, then it will more than likely stop in a position that isn't guaranteed to be consistanly level.
If you want to guard against your successors' lack of mechanical sympathy, then rather than a needle point suspension, why not radius the tip ever-so-slightly, so that along with a suitable cup, it would make a tiny ball joint that would be robust enough to stand the odd bit of carelessness?
06/04/2011 09:50:02
The only potential pitfall I can see now is with the choice of bearing - as pointed out by Les.
All the care in setting up might amount to nothing if it is at all sticky in operation.
It may be that a compass needle type arrangement would be appropriate for minimum stiction?
05/04/2011 22:18:53
Another go at this.
1/ Sit the completed unit on the milling machine table.
2/ With a pointer/probe mouted in a drill chuck, position the table and lower the quill, or raise the knee until said probe just touches a suitable reference point on one of the arms and note the reading.
3/ Repeat this operation several times, by spinning each arm into position, to get a good average reading of level for repeat accuracy.
4/ Make suitable adjustments as you go.
I think this method is almost immune to outside influences such as an unlevel machine table etc.
05/04/2011 18:21:19

If I understand the problem correctly, then provided all the arms are at an accurate 90 deg to one another, you could attach a weight to one of them (à la plumb bob), and let it find it's own level.




Edited By blowlamp on 05/04/2011 18:22:33

Thread: Suggestions please.
31/03/2011 10:26:35
29/03/2011 15:20:41
Has anyone contacted The National Physical Laboratory yet, to see if they can help?
28/03/2011 22:13:58
If you have a rotary table and milling machine, you could make a simple jig from MDF or plastic etc with a couple of 29 deg slots to hold the cutter and present it to the grinding wheel in a predictable manner.

It would be easy to regrind the tool if you need to as well.


Thread: Acceptable runout
26/03/2011 18:49:17
Quit while you're ahead - it'll just distort all the hard work you've put in for very little practical benefit.
And you shouldn't be smoking cigarettes at your lathe - a cigar would be much more the order of celebration for a job well done.
26/03/2011 15:59:22
I think most people would class ~ 0.0015 mm, or 60 millionths of an inch radial deviation from centre as a success.
Merely leaning on the cross slide while checking for runout will show far greater movement than this.
Thread: Amateurs
24/03/2011 19:36:19
He's got this place buzzin' !!
24/03/2011 09:08:01
Taking your example of there being only 1 correct way to turn a Morse taper.
Surely the correct way would be to use a Taper Turning Attachment.
This is my preferred method, given that if more than 1 item needs to be made, then repeatability of the taper angle can not be guaranteed between centres, simply because each blank will vary in length and so will the depth of it's centres.
Personally, I find the 'test bar' method of resetting the tailstock to be unreliable for close accuracy and find that a test cut on some scrap to be a much better way of returning to a parallel setting.
23/03/2011 19:16:03
Welcome aboard, Donald!
Thread: Boxford cross slide dial grub screws
22/03/2011 11:27:53
I'm not at my machine at the moment, but I think it should have either a couple of brass slugs or ball bearings in there.
Thread: The boat that Guy built
20/03/2011 11:34:11
Posted by John Stevenson on 20/03/2011 11:27:56:
Love here or hate her she was the only person who stood up to the unions.
I'd hate to think of where we would be today if we had the unions AND Health and Safety.
John S.
Could it be any worse?
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