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Found a local CNC shop

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  1. OutsourcedGuru

    OutsourcedGuru Active Member

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    Just visited it; they're a startup. Looks like this inside (you can pan around in that image). Couple of nice guys running it. Think I'll try to support them by doing their CNC class for a few Saturdays when they get that going.

    I think I'm out of my wood phase... just finishing up a hand-made longbow but I could imagine designing something more exotic perhaps. They *don't* have a TIG welder so that kind of takes the fun out of aluminum-based milling. :oops: Dunno, though. Maybe could work up a framework for the desert re-breather project. I'm finding it hard to think in CNC terms after buying a 3d printer.
     
  2. Geof

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    Why would that make it hard? two totally seperate tool sets. CNC = metal with tight tolerance, 3DP = plastic with low tolerance. You can create more complex one piece parts in 3dp but if you can design then you can design that part to be ran on a CNC. The question is should you/ does it make sense for the cost.
     
  3. OutsourcedGuru

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    Of course it doesn't make any sense. I think I mostly do all this because I grew up poor and didn't have opportunities for inventiveness like I do now. Most things I envision in the CNC space are like: recreate the human skeleton in aluminum (milled in bone halves and welded back together) as a common electrical ground for a robot with synthetic muscles. I'll never have time for that. Even a single robotic arm would be beyond my time budget, I'm guessing.

    Back to reality, I can imagine working up a compound bow. The pulleys could be printed and the other pieces could be milled.
     
  4. Ryan TeGantvoort

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    Why do you need a TIG for aluminum? We use a Miller push-pull welder for all our aluminum. TIG is only used in our shop for thin materials (mostly stainless). Plus most people do not have the patience for TIG welding.
     
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    All these years we have not been using a TiG either... durn.
     
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  6. OutsourcedGuru

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    Well, it's what we had there at the manufacturing plant. And piles of sheets of 5150 aluminum and all kinds of billets, blocks, pipes, you-name-it. Seems to finish nicely.
     

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