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Member postings for Rod Ashton

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Thread: Problems with "The Home Shop Machinist" website?
20/10/2019 07:55:53

Which of the three mags is best for a manual and CNC shop. Would like to see a mag, although the website download still seems to be inoperative.

Thread: DraftSight no longer free
25/09/2019 12:01:25

I switched to QCAD pro 4/5 weeks ago. It is amazing after a few hours of intro. what nice little touches there are in the workflow. Need to get used to the way of working. But finding new stuff all the time. I have been CAD/CAM ing for 40 plus years and that is the best £30 I have spent on software. No connection to the company whatsoever. Just a happy customer.

Thread: The Quick Step Milling Unit
21/07/2019 15:16:17

I am using a "Quick Step" Milling Unit as a router on my CNC. The unit is getting very hot and I wondered if anyone would know about lubrication in the gearbox. I have no manual of any kind.

If anyone has knowledge of these units, I would be most grateful for any advice.

Thread: Building the Stent Tool and Cutter Grinder
24/06/2019 18:53:25

Where are you approx. ?

Thread: Making a Start in FreeCAD
19/06/2019 10:26:14

Dave - Excellent thanks. Freecad deserves a UK champion.

Have you tried the CAM as I have not yet?


Thread: The Quick Step Milling Unit
11/06/2019 12:47:47

Could anyone tell me what power the motor is please?

Had one under the bench for years and now want to use it on a hybrid M/c.

Thread: Free 2D drawing programs
12/04/2019 07:19:41

I have been a CAD draughtsman for 50 years now. Unbelievable! Just enjoyed trialling the free and semi-free CAD & CAM offerings since hearing about the end of free Draftsight. For me Librecad for 2D and Freecad for 2 and 3D. I suggest if you "put your time in" to assimilate yourself to the particular way of working in Freecad you will be well rewarded and then quite intrigued by its constant evolution, as I have been.

Thread: shaper machine unknown accessory
01/04/2019 12:20:34

Can it adjust the fall back of the clapper box?

If so it could adjust either the clearance angle on the tool by slanting the clapper forward. Or by the same method finely adjust the the fallback to give an extremely fine Z axis height adjustment. Just thinking out loud!!

Thread: DraftSight no longer free
28/03/2019 15:06:28

Try FreeCad 0.18 with the workbook DRAFT selected. Stick with the drawing approach for a bit and you will find a very useful tool. If you wish you can convert instantly to 3D or just save your file as 2D.

Here is brief overview of 2D :- **LINK**

Thread: For discussing the merits of alternative 3D CAD programs.
17/03/2019 17:25:19

Barrie - That was very interesting and helpful. Much appreciate your sharing the info.



17/03/2019 12:54:38

The actual wing/wing tips


16/03/2019 12:49:41

Barrie - How did you make your wing tips?

Thread: Experimental engineer
11/02/2019 09:16:48

Chris - Recently made some for a friend on cnc lathe from silver steel. Cut a single compression slit and the runout was less than a thou old money. Well worth a try.

Thread: Neil:- Is the spelling chucker broken?
02/02/2019 11:38:27

Plus one on the awful spell checker. Can we not get a proper one?

Thread: Emco F1 Mill Upgrade
26/01/2019 07:33:07

s-l1600.jpgSussed it. Cabinet sits on and is angled backwards. My cabinet has frames attached to the base and so not immediately obvious.

26/01/2019 06:49:22

dsc00580.jpgEmgee - Here are a couple of photo`s of the unidentified frame from inside the mill cabinet. Fabricated from 5mm ~ Steel. Assumed at first it was some kind of mount for the remote cabinet. But nothing appears at first sight to be compatible in terms of fixings.dsc00579.jpg

25/01/2019 11:10:59

John & Michael - Many thanks.

24/01/2019 11:47:55

Dave - Did you need the signal isolator board with the KBIC-125 please?

22/01/2019 08:42:34

Dave - Thanks. Just doing my costing for everything now. Better not let my wife see either.


22/01/2019 07:10:12

Dave - Thanks for the info. If the wife is not watching, how much teeth sucking did you have to do please.

I am a Dunstable ex pat. See you are in BFDS.



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