#linuxcnc | Logs for 2014-10-10

[01:47:57] <ssi> bleh
[02:02:54] <Deejay> moin
[02:29:42] <Jymmm> I'm late, you're fired !
[06:15:32] <__rob> hello, was hoping someone can give me some advice. Basically I want to move mirrors (like a laser scanner) but bigger. I'm currently using stepper motors but they don't have the response time I want
[06:15:56] <__rob> also, with microstepping, the actual position is oscillating around the target position
[06:17:00] <__rob> currently its also geared so I get 4x the resolution of the 400 spr motor
[06:17:08] <__rob> obviously adding more inaccuracy
[06:17:10] <__rob> http://uk.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail.aspx?R=HEDR-55L2-BY09virtualkey63050000virtualkey630-HEDR-55L2-BY09
[06:17:36] <__rob> I was going to add one of these to each of the shafts that actually move the mirror
[06:17:57] <__rob> but I am now considering swapping out the steppers with some dc motors and doing my own pid control loop
[06:18:32] <__rob> I have a few questions regarding how this actually is going to work
[06:19:01] <__rob> presumably with a DC motor, I can't hold its position by applying current to the windings ?
[06:29:18] <archivist_herron> you can hold if there is a pid loop, just needs sensible feedback
[06:31:41] <__rob> so continiously applying current to the dc motor ?
[06:33:01] <archivist_herron> there has to be some error for current to be supplied
[06:33:13] <__rob> well yea, thats what I thought
[06:33:20] <archivist_herron> hence make the feedback high resolution
[06:33:38] <__rob> 3600 cpr is as much as I can find for a resonable cost and size
[06:33:48] <__rob> (above)
[06:34:32] <archivist_herron> linuxcnc will see 3600 as four times that as it looks at the edges
[08:07:08] <vapula> noob question here : why are all gcode measures in inches and not cm/mm ?
[08:07:37] <archivist> not all are
[08:07:45] <vapula> oh, nice :(
[08:07:46] <SpeedEvil> It depends where you are, and what the goods are.
[08:07:59] <SpeedEvil> I just purchased 2.4m*1.2m*12mm plywood, for example.
[08:08:58] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: Is it actually 12mm or 1/2" ?
[08:09:15] <vapula> 12mm sounds reasonable if it's a thick one
[08:09:16] <SpeedEvil> Jymmm: I am unsure it's specified that closely
[08:09:37] <SpeedEvil> Given that some of the sheets will actually stand up in the middle by 100mm if laid flat
[08:09:51] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: Ok, is a '2x4' actually 3.5"x1.5" ?
[08:10:07] <SpeedEvil> They're all over the place
[08:10:21] <SpeedEvil> Nominal sizes, and actual
[08:10:30] <archivist> he asked aboud gcode not plywood
[08:10:36] <SpeedEvil> It's almost to the point it makes you give up and just get whole trees delivered.
[08:10:41] <SpeedEvil> err
[08:10:43] <SpeedEvil> please ignore me
[08:10:47] <vapula> :)
[08:10:49] <SpeedEvil> I thought this was a different channel
[08:11:29] <archivist> vapula, there are metric and imperial modes
[08:11:47] <archivist> set up your machine as you wish
[08:11:51] <vapula> so the codes aren't all relative then
[08:12:08] <vapula> (if you get a prebuilt gcode from somebody else on the other side of the pond)
[08:12:23] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: Nah, I was just thinking that some things are just "adopted". US Lumber dimensions converted to Metirc for "standards". 1 Liter adopted for US bottling "standards" ,etc
[08:12:30] <vapula> archivist: thx
[08:12:31] <archivist> the gcpde should have a preamble to set the mode it needs
[08:12:35] <vapula> k
[08:13:43] <SpeedEvil> Jymmm: actual hard metric stuff is rare.
[08:13:48] <archivist> look for g20 or g21 at the beginning
[08:15:17] <archivist> vapula, http://linuxcnc.org/docs/html/gcode/gcode.html#sec:G20-G21-Units
[08:15:37] <vapula> great, thanks
[08:15:40] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: ah
[08:16:04] <SpeedEvil> (in the UK)
[08:16:12] <SpeedEvil> that is - building trade stuff
[08:19:49] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: No idea, was just pondering the concept is all.
[09:00:12] <JT-Shop> something smells in the shop but I can't figure out where it is coming from...
[09:00:29] <PetefromTn_> that sucks...
[09:00:32] <PetefromTn_> coolant?
[09:02:31] <JT-Shop> I just sniffed the coolant tanks and they are not it
[09:03:18] <JT-Shop> I don't smell it in the garage (which is connected to the shop by a door)
[09:05:59] <Jymmm> JT-Shop: chemical or organic smell?
[09:09:12] <ReadError> lipo ?
[09:13:05] <JT-Shop> kinda smells organic
[09:13:59] <Jymmm> dead animal? bug nest? rotting orange? fecies?
[09:14:45] <Jymmm> aromatic solvents?
[09:15:19] <JT-Shop> can't tell
[09:16:03] <Jymmm> Well, wait till it warms up today and see if it gets stronger.
[09:27:34] <SpeedEvil> A desaturating mask would be interesting
[09:27:45] <Jymmm> ?
[09:27:57] <SpeedEvil> that blew cleaned air for 95% of the time, an sampled the outside for the rest
[09:28:11] <SpeedEvil> so you could find smells without the issue of your nose acclimating to them
[09:29:08] <Jymmm> oh, so isolate the nose in between samples?
[09:32:54] <SpeedEvil> yes
[09:35:54] <JT-Shop> can you make one from an old sneaker?
[09:36:34] <Jymmm> Makes sense, I don't have (but probably should) a P95 Respirator.
[09:38:03] <Jymmm> I'd like a full face one, but $$$
[09:39:13] <JT-Shop> yea, I can barely smell it after being in here a while
[09:42:40] <Jymmm> Interesting... I got crazy glue to adhere to PE, but three days later
[09:43:04] <Jymmm> and it won't chip/peel off.
[09:44:36] <Tecan> i wonder if crazyglue tastes asgood as the white stuff
[09:45:22] <Jymmm> Tecan: http://www.donteatthepaste.com/
[09:45:39] <Jymmm> cool website if you look around actually.
[10:35:59] <JT-Shop> PetefromTn_, we'll toot the horn when we drive by tomorrow
[10:38:31] * Loetmichel mounts a ships fog horn on PetefromTn_s car ;-9
[10:38:51] <Loetmichel> s/ship/ocean liner
[10:44:53] <James628> I have trouble with Mesa 7i43 in Machinekit: failed to clear EPP Timeout! / /DONE is not low after CPLD reset! any ideas ? The card is working in other PC
[10:49:39] <PetefromTn_> JT-Shop Huh?
[10:52:18] <ssi> I wish I was going
[10:52:58] <PetefromTn_> what'd I miss LOL
[10:53:18] <ssi> nothin yet ;)
[10:55:04] <pcw_home> Does machinekit support EPP interfaced cards?
[10:55:32] <CaptHindsight> James628: machinekit has a blog and mail list, no IRC channel yet
[10:55:34] <pcw_home> My guess is probably not
[10:58:30] <pcw_home> I know specific work was needed to support our PCI cards on Xenomai, the EPP port interface probably requires some patches as well for Xenomai
[10:58:31] <CaptHindsight> I think machinekit supports EPP cards when run on x86 not the BBB
[10:59:07] <pcw_home> There is no EPP interface on BBB (not that it could not be emulated via GPIO)
[10:59:55] <JT-Shop> I'm driving to Concord NC tomorrow
[10:59:59] <JT-Shop> PetefromTn_,
[11:00:01] <CaptHindsight> James628: are you using machinekit on x86 or the BBB?
[11:00:11] <PetefromTn_> Oh yeah...
[11:00:14] <PetefromTn_> Cool!
[11:00:31] <James628> I am using PC, intel D525MW
[11:00:48] <PetefromTn_> takin' 40 east?
[11:01:17] <CaptHindsight> James628: I'd check their blogs, mail list etc
[11:02:01] <JT-Shop> PetefromTn_, yea
[11:02:24] <CaptHindsight> James628: they started their own project
[11:02:31] <PetefromTn_> It's a shame you are just drivin' thru it would be nice to meet an maybe have lunch with ya or something..
[11:02:32] <James628> Thanks for the hints? I'll check the google groups. I thought parport and mesa card should work beacuse the drivers are availebée
[11:03:14] <pcw_home> Different OS so drivers may not work as-is
[11:03:17] <JT-Shop> yea, we have to get through Charlotte before the race starts or we will get stuck in traffic
[11:03:27] <PetefromTn_> I40 is maybe fifteen minutes from my house..
[11:03:41] <PetefromTn_> nascar?
[11:04:07] <JT-Shop> dunno, BIL said get through before the speedway starts up
[11:04:21] <PetefromTn_> BIL?
[11:04:24] <CaptHindsight> James628: there was an experimental branch in linuxcnc that forked into machinekit that had preempt_rt and xenomai support
[11:04:39] <JT-Shop> Brother in Law
[11:04:47] <PetefromTn_> aah
[11:05:17] <PetefromTn_> well if you are in the area and want to meet or something give me a holler and I will try to run up there for a bit.
[11:05:27] <JT-Shop> ok will do
[11:05:31] <James628> pcw: the point is that when I start linuxcnc with parport config ist starts correctly . I have no real hardware to connect right now. But everything seems OK
[11:05:37] <JT-Shop> we will be picking up 40 at Nashville
[11:05:52] <pcw_home> different driver
[11:05:56] <PetefromTn_> yup Nashville is like 2.5 hours west of me...
[11:06:25] <PetefromTn_> Last time I drove there was to see U2 in concert it is a bit of a drive..
[11:06:43] <ssi> all that driving and it was still U2 at the other end ;)
[11:06:53] <JT-Shop> you in Knoxville?
[11:06:58] <PetefromTn_> all that driving BECAUSE it was U2 at the other end
[11:07:07] <pcw_home> AFAIK the hm2_7i43 driver would need to have been patched to work with Xenomai (And i doubt it has)
[11:07:18] <PetefromTn_> Just south of Knoxvile about fifteen minutes or so..
[11:07:32] <James628> CapHifsight: Yes I know, I got it working with BBB , I have delta configs working with MK
[11:08:47] <James628> I think micges would know the answer for xenomai drivers..
[11:33:16] <ssi> PetefromTn_: ordering VFD now
[11:34:15] <PetefromTn_> sweet I thought you said you were not going to be able to...
[11:34:21] <ssi> yeah well I can't
[11:34:23] <ssi> but screw it
[11:34:44] <PetefromTn_> jeez man you sure have it bad for that machine... like a hooker or something LOL
[11:35:19] <ssi> ...
[11:35:28] <ssi> sorry I brought it up
[11:35:30] <ssi> won't happen again
[11:35:45] <PetefromTn_> Oh come on man I am just kiddin with ya..
[11:36:19] <PetefromTn_> I'm glad you got it ordered hehe
[11:36:47] <PetefromTn_> when will it get there early next week I guess.
[11:36:54] <PetefromTn_> Did you take apart the spindle?
[11:37:12] <ssi> no
[11:37:18] <ssi> if I take it apart it'll probbaly never go back together
[11:37:26] <PetefromTn_> I hear that...
[11:37:38] <PetefromTn_> I have a love hate relationship with installing bearings..
[11:37:58] <ssi> speaking of which
[11:38:03] <ssi> I pulled the bearings out of the coolant pump
[11:38:08] <ssi> I need to see if I can get some replacements
[11:38:19] <ssi> also brought the pump housing home to bead blast
[11:38:24] <PetefromTn_> oh I did not know the coolant pump bearings were bad.
[11:38:32] <ssi> yeah it was frozen solid when I got it
[11:38:40] <ssi> the rear bearing was solid rust
[11:38:44] <ssi> I managed to free it up so it'd run
[11:38:45] <PetefromTn_> Did we not turn it on when we looked at the machine?
[11:38:48] <ssi> but it sounds like an air raid siren
[11:38:53] <ssi> no, remember the trays were'nt in the machine
[11:38:58] <ssi> I think the pump was IN THE TRAY
[11:39:00] <ssi> which they LEFT IN THE RAIN
[11:39:53] <PetefromTn_> Those guys are not too bright about things like that it seemed..
[11:40:08] <ssi> it's kentucky :P
[11:40:52] <PetefromTn_> LOL yeah I guess so..
[11:41:03] <PetefromTn_> I just got my order from Mcmaster in
[11:41:20] <ssi> I may try to ID these bearings and order some from mcmaster
[11:41:23] <ssi> and run down and pick it u
[11:41:27] <ssi> along with some mylar sheet
[11:41:34] <ssi> I want to try lasercutting PCB stencils
[11:41:38] <PetefromTn_> Needed a special cutter for the picatinny rail I have to machine here.
[11:41:50] <ssi> for undercutting the angle?
[11:41:54] <PetefromTn_> I got a keyseat cutter..
[11:42:11] <PetefromTn_> no I actually already have a cutter to do both top and bottom of the angle.
[11:42:16] <ssi> yeah
[11:42:26] <PetefromTn_> I needed a cutter for the vertical portion underneath the dovetail area..
[11:42:32] <ssi> I started to make some rails that mount on the rearsight mount of an M1 garand
[11:42:51] <ssi> and I was going to just try to fixture it at odd angles to cut the dovetails
[11:42:55] <ssi> and it didn't work out well
[11:43:11] <PetefromTn_> Yeah I am going to try to cut it all from the vertical..
[11:43:19] <ssi> I thought you already had that woodruff cutter you used to do the side channels in those parts you did?
[11:43:28] <PetefromTn_> I got a woodruff keyseat cutter for that
[11:43:40] <PetefromTn_> yeah I do but it is a quarter inch tall face cut width.
[11:43:45] <ssi> too tall?
[11:43:52] <PetefromTn_> which is too tall for the rail
[11:43:58] <ssi> gotcha
[11:44:34] <PetefromTn_> I ordered a 3/32 face cut height one with a different diameter for the cut.
[11:46:18] <ssi> I need to figure out what the deal is with the servo brakes
[11:46:22] <ssi> does yours have a brake on Y?
[11:46:24] <ssi> I think mine might
[11:46:47] <ssi> eh you replaced the motors so I guess not anymore
[11:47:18] <ssi> I can push X around fairly easily, but Y won't budge
[11:47:23] <PetefromTn_> mine only had brake on the Z which is the only place it is necessary..
[11:47:46] <ssi> and in the schematic book, it shows Z as having a brake only on 750, 1000, 1250, but I'm certain I have a Z brake
[11:47:54] <ssi> and it shows Y as having a brake on "400H"
[11:47:54] <PetefromTn_> SHIT I ordered the screws and expected the black finish ones and got some silver finished ones...
[11:47:55] <ssi> whatever that is
[11:48:04] <ssi> woops
[11:48:13] <ssi> I need to buy a cheap little H frame bearing press
[11:48:20] <PetefromTn_> Horizontal mill..
[11:48:21] <ssi> that's one reason I didn't want to tear that spindl eup
[11:48:25] <ssi> I'm sure I'll need a press
[11:48:31] <ssi> OH yeah that would make sense
[11:48:39] <ssi> horizontal mill probably does want a Y brake
[11:48:41] <_methods> yeah man i scored a free arbor press
[11:48:43] <ssi> since Y is vertical
[11:48:47] <_methods> nice dake
[11:48:55] <ssi> dakes are great
[11:49:00] <_methods> yeah man
[11:49:02] <ssi> I have a cheap small arbor press but it's way too small
[11:49:04] <PetefromTn_> basically if it does not have a counterweight it needs a Z brake.
[11:49:05] <ssi> I need an H frame
[11:49:17] <ssi> PetefromTn_: there's something in the books about an air counterweight too
[11:49:23] <_methods> you can make one pretty easy with a some ibeam
[11:49:24] <ssi> but I think it's only on the bigger ones
[11:49:42] <ssi> _methods: I don't need another project! they're not that expensiev :)
[11:49:46] <_methods> how many tons?
[11:49:53] <ssi> I don't need much
[11:49:54] <_methods> yeah probably better off just buyin it
[11:50:00] <PetefromTn_> you are welcome to use mine but it is a bit of a drive :D
[11:50:09] <ssi> just something to use rather than beating the snot out of very expensive 10krpm spindle bearings with a hammer
[11:52:34] <ssi> wonder if I should spend a bit more and get a 20 ton instead of the tiny little 12 ton one
[11:52:50] <ssi> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200326417_200326417
[11:52:51] <ssi> something like that
[11:53:21] <PetefromTn_> honestly you might find that the body of the spindle may not fit inside it...
[11:53:35] <ssi> hm that's possible
[11:53:36] <PetefromTn_> you might want to take it apart first and see what you will actually need.
[11:53:43] <_methods> https://www.dropbox.com/s/3tjaxqtctg2xipn/2014-04-15%2017.04.50.jpg?dl=0
[11:53:44] <ssi> I have that spare spindle in a box
[11:53:52] <_methods> scored that bad boy for free
[11:53:58] <ssi> yeah that's a hell of a deal :)
[11:54:03] <ssi> with the stand?
[11:54:06] <_methods> yeah
[11:54:09] <ssi> awesome
[11:54:14] <_methods> caterpillar shut their doors here
[11:54:24] <_methods> and i guess no other plants wanted it
[11:56:05] <ssi> hm maybe I would actually be better off just making something
[11:56:10] <ssi> then I can make it exactly how I need it
[11:56:23] <_methods> yeah man bottle jack
[11:56:26] <_methods> and some metal
[11:56:29] <ssi> yeah
[11:56:45] <PetefromTn_> you might be surprised that you can just do it with hand tools carefully...
[11:56:53] <ssi> I'm sure I probably can
[11:56:58] <ssi> I just really don't want to screw those bearings up :P
[11:57:05] <PetefromTn_> and no I don't mean beating on it with a hammer..
[11:57:13] <ssi> :)
[11:57:16] <_methods> but that's more fun
[11:57:24] <_methods> smoke wrench and a hammer
[11:57:31] <ssi> there's a guy in a hangar near me that has a huge nice frame press
[11:57:32] <PetefromTn_> sometimes a quick screw press setup homebuilt will work for odd shaped stuff.
[11:58:15] <ssi> I need to borrow a trailer and drag the hardinge and the plasma table down to the airport
[11:59:03] <PetefromTn_> I would borrow the trailer and drag the Cincinatti back to your house LOL
[11:59:24] <ssi> come build me a shop in the backyard and I will
[12:00:03] <PetefromTn_> I can't believe I got zink plated screws by accident from Mcmaster.
[12:00:41] <PetefromTn_> I wonder how bad they will look in the aluminum part on the rifle.
[12:00:51] <ssi> yeah well I can't believe I got servo drives that can't be used as servo drives
[12:01:12] <_methods> ow that sux
[12:01:14] <_methods> on both counts
[12:01:43] <PetefromTn_> Okay you got me beat I am just out $8.50 and some time..
[12:01:57] <ssi> yeah I'm out $600 and a lot of time :(
[12:02:44] <ssi> " A Florida man was arrested Thursday after patrol deputies found an active methamphetamine lab in his pants leg."
[12:02:56] <_methods> oh is that illegal
[12:03:01] <ssi> :D
[12:03:37] <PetefromTn_> man I better clean out my pants...
[12:03:54] <ssi> so I have a couple AMC drives coming, but I'm afraid they might be a little too small
[12:04:00] <ssi> they're 10A peak, 5A continuous
[12:04:15] <PetefromTn_> OH jeez man seriously?
[12:04:30] <ssi> I'm not really sure what I need
[12:04:38] <ssi> the motors are 6.8A stall torque
[12:04:49] <ssi> er, stall current
[12:04:53] <ssi> I was under the impression that was peak
[12:04:56] <ssi> but pcw suggested otherwise
[12:05:11] <ssi> so I might need something like a 10A cont, 20A peak drive
[12:05:24] <ssi> also, these are sinusoidal drives
[12:05:28] <ssi> most of the amcs are trapezoidal
[12:05:42] <ssi> I feel like I need a sinusoidal drive
[12:05:50] <ssi> since my hall effects don't line up exactly :)
[12:07:04] <PetefromTn_> how much did you pay for the AMC's?
[12:07:17] <ssi> $50 for one
[12:07:21] <ssi> $110 for another
[12:07:41] <ssi> they make a SE30A20, which'd be 15A/30A @ 200V
[12:08:07] <ssi> also their digital drives do sinusoidal commutation
[12:08:15] <ssi> but I'm a bit scared of digital drives after the gemini fiasco :)
[12:45:34] <PetefromTn_> Well just ordered another pack of the screws.. damn I hate when I screw up an order.
[12:46:03] <syyl_ws> hoho
[12:46:12] <syyl_ws> screwed up ordering screws?
[12:46:35] <PetefromTn_> yes precisely...LOL
[12:46:57] <PetefromTn_> I accidentally ordered zink plated instead of black oxide...
[12:47:41] <archivist> near enough!
[12:48:00] <PetefromTn_> unforunately not..
[12:48:08] <PetefromTn_> altho they might actually look nice who knows..
[12:59:25] <`Nerobro> sinc...
[12:59:27] <`Nerobro> Zinc I mean
[12:59:44] <PetefromTn_> ?
[13:00:19] <`Nerobro> The metal, that they use to plate screws.. is Zinc.
[13:00:30] <PetefromTn_> yeah I know hehe
[13:19:29] <Loetmichel> re @ home... end of work for this week... and it was 11 hrs today... i hate it when i have to fix the things my leave half done when they have worked 8 hrs and 1 minute... not that i have asked about 20 times today "do you get that monitor done today (because boss want to measure it tomorrow) or do you need help?
[13:20:05] <PetefromTn_> I wish I had work like that to keep me busy man..
[13:22:48] <Loetmichel> oh... s/my/my coworkers
[13:29:58] <CaptHindsight> PetefromTn_: have you looked at the RFQ forums on cnczone?
[13:30:09] <CaptHindsight> http://www.cnczone.com/forums/usa-rfq-s/
[13:30:46] <PetefromTn_> yeah I get an email every time someone posts something.
[13:31:25] <PetefromTn_> Seems like most of them are looking for small number parts for super cheap altho I have bid on one or two..
[13:31:31] <CaptHindsight> I never really looked at them. Are they like the software RFQ sites where people want $50K of software done for $500?
[13:31:53] <PetefromTn_> pretty much altho I have not given up hope for it.
[13:33:22] <archivist> unrealistic expectations, I see a lot of that too
[13:34:30] <PetefromTn_> I honestly have near zero overhead here and I have no expectations of getting rich here so I doubt my bids would be too high usually
[13:34:51] <ssi> CaptHindsight: with software RFQ though, they're likely to find someone in india who will give them 50k of software for $500
[13:35:15] <PetefromTn_> but I find not only there but lots of places people feel that precision CNC machined parts are easy and cheap and should be almost free an awful lot.
[13:35:27] <CaptHindsight> I've seen some of the bounties
[13:36:54] <CaptHindsight> can you honestly see anyone from those software firms in Asia being able to help with anything embedded, driver, kernel or real time related?
[13:37:04] <ssi> eh
[13:37:08] <ssi> it'd be a nightmare
[13:37:11] <ssi> but it's not impossible
[13:37:14] <Tom_itx> Loetmichel maybe you'll get lucky again and they'll call you in tomorrow
[13:38:42] <Tom_itx> PetefromTn_, wanna cnc some free parts for me??
[13:38:52] <archivist> some seem to think a one off cut gear should be the same price as mass produced plastic junk
[13:39:14] <PetefromTn_> sure man I got no reason to make money.... I just have kids, a wife, house, cars, bills...
[13:39:28] <PetefromTn_> I like to EAT
[13:39:28] <Tom_itx> you just said you have no overhead!
[13:39:44] <PetefromTn_> from what I have seen my KIDS like to eat..
[13:39:52] <Tom_itx> yeah mine eat more than i do
[13:39:53] <PetefromTn_> my wife enjoys eating too sometimes
[13:40:28] <Tom_itx> ok i gotta do more smt this afternoon...
[13:40:38] <PetefromTn_> smt?
[13:40:51] <Tom_itx> circuit boards
[13:40:57] <Tom_itx> surfact mt
[13:41:03] <PetefromTn_> ok
[13:41:04] <CaptHindsight> ~15-20 years ago I remember trying to find C developers to write drivers and embedded apps, everyone I called only "programmed" in Office (Excel, Outlook etc) or with some high level widgets by Apple
[13:41:09] <Tom_itx> e*
[13:41:46] <archivist> assembler is my usual embedded language
[13:41:50] <PetefromTn_> http://www.ebay.com/itm/111279678169?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT I need one of these too....
[13:43:08] <Tom_itx> languages are written to sell hardware nowdaze
[13:43:49] <Tom_itx> damn.. i'm just about out of parts
[13:45:42] <Loetmichel> Tom_itx: i hope not
[13:46:15] <Loetmichel> although i left boss with about 130 of the 142 screws to fasten.
[13:47:24] <Loetmichel> i just mounted it with a few, looked that it works and gabe boss the box with the screws and a torque limited screwdriver and "You'll have to do the rest if you want to measure that tomorrow"
[13:47:25] <Loetmichel> ;-)
[13:47:40] <Loetmichel> lets se how that works out ;-)
[13:48:14] <CaptHindsight> what are the hot (pop) languages now for developing apps for iOS or android?
[13:48:57] <Tom_itx> i think there's a gcc for android but i'm not entirely sure
[13:49:18] <CaptHindsight> http://lifehacker.com/i-want-to-write-android-apps-where-do-i-start-1643818268
[13:49:18] <Tom_itx> google is behind that
[13:49:43] <Tom_itx> iOS is probably all proprietary
[13:51:02] <CaptHindsight> what did machinekit use to get a UI for Linixcnc on Android?
[13:51:36] <Tom_itx> i dunno
[13:54:01] <Connor> (12:48:45 PM) ssi: also their digital drives do sinusoidal commutation:: What does that mean ?
[13:55:54] <CaptHindsight> heh, machinekit for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.machinekit.appdiscover&hl=en
[13:56:19] <CaptHindsight> Android client application for Machinekit created with QtQuickVcp
[13:58:07] <ssi> Tom_itx: I'm buying some mylar and some kapton to play with laser cut stencils
[13:58:15] <ssi> I have those boards coming in next week for my hall converters
[13:59:37] <CaptHindsight> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wiki/mhaberler/asciidoc-sandbox/images/pipeline.png
[13:59:54] <ssi> https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bzmz4qFIEAIOyIW.jpg:large
[13:59:59] <ssi> laser cut coolant pump gasket :D
[14:00:19] <CaptHindsight> already paying for itself
[14:00:31] <ssi> heck yeah
[14:01:05] <CaptHindsight> ssi: is this the 100W laser?
[14:01:09] <ssi> yeah
[14:01:27] <ssi> but that was running at 16mA, which is about half power, and at 100ipm, and that was still too much power
[14:01:30] <ssi> heheh
[14:01:41] <CaptHindsight> I lost track, did you build one 100W and then use the 40W tube to build a 2nd smaller one?
[14:01:48] <ssi> no I haven't built a smaller one
[14:01:50] <ssi> talked about it
[14:01:53] <ssi> but the 40w tube is just in a box
[14:02:20] <CaptHindsight> did the 3" lens get it to cut any metals?
[14:02:36] <ssi> no, 3" lens is for the opposite of metals
[14:02:47] <ssi> for thick stuff that doesn't require a lot of energy
[14:02:50] <ssi> like 1/2" plywood
[14:02:51] <SpeedEvil> ssi: normils?
[14:02:57] <ssi> SpeedEvil: ?
[14:03:00] * SpeedEvil wonders if anyone will get that.
[14:03:05] <ssi> not I! :D
[14:03:40] <ssi> I have a 1.5" lens, which is about as short as they come
[14:03:49] <SpeedEvil> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOvD-rRG4fU
[14:03:51] <ssi> and with it, in theory it's 30kw/mm^2, which is more than enough to cut metal
[14:03:56] <ssi> but in practice, it doesn't work out
[14:04:08] <SpeedEvil> What's the focal spot?
[14:04:15] <ssi> with the 1.5" lens it's about 60um
[14:04:24] <ssi> with the 3" probably 120um
[14:06:33] <SpeedEvil> I make the heating for 60um copper 15C
[14:06:39] <SpeedEvil> I'm probably doing hte numbers wrong
[14:06:41] <Connor> SpeedEvil: That looks like a UK thing.. I don't think us Americans get it.
[14:06:51] <SpeedEvil> Connor: probably not
[14:06:59] <Connor> SpeedEvil: You in the UK ?
[14:07:26] <bnmorgan> dammit i can't figure out how long to estimate the tmie to cut an edm mag pocket
[14:07:33] <Connor> In fact.. I've always had a hard time following UK humor.
[14:09:35] <SpeedEvil> 400W/m/K for copper, so 400uW/um/K, or 24mW/60um/K, for a 5 sided cube, 100mW/60um/K,
[14:09:36] <SpeedEvil> hmm
[14:09:59] <SpeedEvil> so for copper, 40W might get you 400C
[14:10:06] <SpeedEvil> If the copper absorbed it all
[14:11:43] <Connor> http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-PCB-Prototyping-using-a-Laser-Cutter/
[14:12:17] <Connor> Never mind.. you etch after the fact..
[14:13:58] <malcom2073> There are people who use lasers to burn off the copper, though I question where the copper goes when it's burnt off heh
[14:14:59] <CaptHindsight> malcom2073: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SNkzoOvoD8 into the air of course!
[14:15:27] <CaptHindsight> what you don't see can't hurt you :p
[14:15:57] <Connor> CaptHindsight: Doesn't he still do a etch bath ?
[14:17:40] <kfoltman> CaptHindsight: some LPKF prototyping machine is actually ablating copper with a low-power pulsed laser
[14:18:47] <CaptHindsight> oh wrong video, yeah, he's just curing the mask with the laser in that one then etching
[14:22:59] <CaptHindsight> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzmjGz0_joM LPKF ProtoLaser
[14:24:09] <tekniq> we once had an contractor try to look in to a 100GBASE-ER4 single mode fiber to see if it was 'live'....
[14:24:36] <ssi> brilliant
[14:24:54] <tekniq> blinded himself instantly
[14:25:01] <kfoltman> tekniq: permanently?
[14:25:02] <tekniq> at least it was only one eye
[14:25:21] <Connor> tekniq Are you kidding me ?
[14:25:46] <tekniq> not sure, he was working for a vendor so we didn't ever see him again
[14:25:49] <ssi> http://pantsnotfound.com/files/caution-laser-600.png
[14:26:07] <Connor> It was live. :)
[14:26:25] <tekniq> I imagine it was permanent, hopefully not but I was not very hopeful.
[14:26:46] <tekniq> LOL pantsnotfound.com, awesome
[14:27:32] <MacGalempsy> hello
[14:27:36] <CaptHindsight> tekniq: 1300nm single mode?
[14:27:50] <kfoltman> that sounds double-stupid
[14:27:51] <CaptHindsight> trying to see IR?!
[14:27:59] <tekniq> CaptHindsight: exactly
[14:28:09] <tekniq> that's why it was especially darwinesque
[14:28:17] <kfoltman> CaptHindsight: well, in a way, he achieved his goal...
[14:28:18] <tekniq> maybe if he were a mantis shrimp
[14:28:19] <ssi> I sometimes jam my head down into the laser table to try to see up into the beam path to tell if it's aligned
[14:28:19] <Connor> ssi: not found
[14:28:41] <ssi> the beemz they tickle my corneas
[14:28:45] <tekniq> LOL
[14:28:47] <tekniq> ssi: haha
[14:29:18] <ssi> I got bit by the beam on the side of the hand real early in the project, at about 8W
[14:29:21] <ssi> and that's the only time so far :)
[14:29:27] <tekniq> youch
[14:29:31] <ssi> wasn't terrible
[14:29:33] <ssi> felt like a bee sting
[14:29:42] <tekniq> yeah, imagine 60W!
[14:29:44] <MacGalempsy> anyone in here ever work with an SLS type printer?
[14:29:47] <ssi> or 120W
[14:29:50] <ssi> trying to avoid that :)
[14:29:54] <tekniq> yeah I recommend that
[14:30:05] <tekniq> significantly more dangerous than optical transports
[14:30:08] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: yes
[14:30:09] <ssi> honestly I'm more scared of the 35kV 40mA power supply than of the beam itself
[14:30:16] <MacGalempsy> DIY or commercial?
[14:30:40] <tekniq> I think you should prioritize both ;P
[14:30:50] <ssi> the beam's not a big deal once it's aligned
[14:30:52] <CaptHindsight> my DIY is commercial, well laboratory anyway
[14:30:52] <ssi> it stays put :)
[14:31:05] <tekniq> well, the laser shouldn't operate without interlocks unless you are looking for a darwin award too
[14:31:07] <SpeedEvil> Plus - glancing hits from a CO2 laser are mostly harmless
[14:31:10] <ssi> haha yeah
[14:31:12] <ssi> interlocks
[14:31:14] <tekniq> the power supply can be lethal more often I suppose
[14:31:15] <ssi> that's a good one :)
[14:31:29] <MacGalempsy> CaptHindsight: is it capable of using metal or just plastic?
[14:31:32] <tekniq> not to your eyes!
[14:31:39] <SpeedEvil> tekniq: yes, to your eyes
[14:31:50] <ssi> yeah reflections aren't really that much of an issue
[14:31:51] <SpeedEvil> tekniq: CO2 hurts the front of your eyes
[14:31:56] <ssi> your eyes are actually quite opaque to co2
[14:31:58] <SpeedEvil> tekniq: It doesn't touch the retina
[14:32:02] <ssi> so you just get heating if you get a direct hit
[14:32:11] <tekniq> interesting!
[14:32:15] <kfoltman> ssi: like a butane torch to your eyeballs?
[14:32:19] <SpeedEvil> tekniq: and it's really hard to get an actual collimated spot that will do damage unless you're doing something fucking stupid.
[14:32:23] <ssi> a direct hit, yes
[14:32:25] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: I work in a lab that develops all sorts of 3d printers, SLS, SLA, DLP, FDM, Inkjet etc etc and hybrids
[14:32:47] <SpeedEvil> (such as, for example, staring into a focussing lens)
[14:32:56] <MacGalempsy> oh, well I am curious about the SLS that are powerful enough to do stainless
[14:33:00] <ssi> SpeedEvil: I took a collimated spot to the hand because I did a dumb thing and tried to move the head around manually while the laser was firing for the first test burn
[14:33:03] <MacGalempsy> or any metal
[14:33:13] <ssi> but you learn those lessons quickly and move on :)
[14:33:18] <SpeedEvil> MacGalempsy: Some reading I did on this indicated that lasers in the 100W class were needed
[14:33:19] <tekniq> I suppose, yeah the beam wouldn't be focused
[14:33:22] <SpeedEvil> At least for CO2
[14:33:31] <tekniq> in that case, I guess the optical transport is more dangerous
[14:33:39] <ssi> it's only focused in one very specific area
[14:33:39] <tekniq> at least for your vision
[14:33:41] <MacGalempsy> the one I saw for plastic used a 40w
[14:33:42] <ssi> and it's very obvious where that is
[14:33:49] <SpeedEvil> MacGalempsy: yes - metal is harder
[14:33:58] <MacGalempsy> sure. I get it
[14:34:01] <SpeedEvil> It absorbs less light, andmelts at a higher temp
[14:34:05] <ssi> MacGalempsy: I was under the impression that metal SLS tech really is just fusing a binder, not the actual metal
[14:34:18] <ssi> so I don't think it takes nearly as much power as cutting stainless does
[14:34:20] <MacGalempsy> but perhaps starting with one to do plastic, then migrating to metal would be better
[14:34:21] <tekniq> my only experience with lasers is a 60w epilog helix
[14:34:32] <SpeedEvil> I got the impressionfromthe papers I was reading that 'proper' SLS - that is without powder matrix - needs 200W or so really
[14:34:51] <ssi> a 100W RF laser would probably be a good starting point
[14:34:52] <SpeedEvil> That is - can make nice shapes in stainless
[14:34:57] <ssi> they have high peak powers, like 250W peak
[14:35:00] <SpeedEvil> ssi: RF laser?
[14:35:03] <ssi> yeah
[14:35:06] <ssi> RF excited CO2
[14:35:06] <SpeedEvil> RF?
[14:35:09] <SpeedEvil> oh
[14:35:11] <ssi> as opposed to DC excited, which mine is
[14:35:18] <SpeedEvil> TEA would be fun
[14:35:31] <ssi> I'm more a coffee man myself
[14:35:33] <ssi> ;)
[14:35:45] <SpeedEvil> Atmospheric pressure CO2 has stupid gain
[14:35:46] <MacGalempsy> 200w laser ait cheap!
[14:35:53] <ssi> MacGalempsy: correct!
[14:36:13] <SpeedEvil> MacGalempsy: it can be not terribly expensive, if you do the direct-from-china thing
[14:36:27] <ssi> https://scontent-b-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1544459_10100470050936662_7373113327565881008_n.jpg?oh=17c4e00bb493590a23abac124763ce71&oe=54AEB8AA
[14:36:47] <ssi> SpeedEvil: the direct from china thing is $600ish for shipping
[14:36:57] <MacGalempsy> ahhh. got to love China
[14:37:01] <ssi> I bought that reci tube from a distributor in california
[14:37:07] <ssi> they buy them in bulk from china
[14:37:09] <CaptHindsight> you can directly sinter metal powder or cure a metal powder in a monomer/oligomer and then sinter and infuse more metal
[14:37:10] <ssi> so the shipping was only $200
[14:37:11] <ssi> heh
[14:37:12] <tekniq> what power would it take to cut 1/4 aluminum by laser? 2000w?
[14:37:19] <MacGalempsy> and if it comes from Hong Kong, the shipping is subsidized
[14:37:25] <_methods> 1/4 alum
[14:37:26] <ssi> tekniq: 2kw might do it, I'd probably want 5kw to be on the safe side
[14:37:29] <ssi> aluminum is the hardest thing to cut
[14:37:30] <_methods> 3200
[14:37:42] <_methods> yeah alum sux
[14:37:43] <MacGalempsy> dont want to cut, just want to sinter some stuf
[14:37:43] <ssi> and I think it needs to be YAG
[14:37:43] <SpeedEvil> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130W-CO2-Laser-Tube-Power-Supply-Long-Life-8000-hours-service-life-/160498386144?pt=UK_Computing_Other_Computing_Networking&hash=item255e7304e0
[14:38:00] <_methods> you can cut 3/8" barely with 3200w
[14:38:11] <tekniq> yikes, what about ss?
[14:38:13] <_methods> well not barely but slowly
[14:38:21] <_methods> lasers love stainless
[14:38:33] <SpeedEvil> Stainless has shitty thermal conductivity
[14:38:37] <ssi> _methods: YAG or CO2?
[14:38:42] <_methods> co2
[14:38:46] <SpeedEvil> It's also quite reflective - but the shit conductivity overwhelms
[14:38:51] <MacGalempsy> I saw something about different lasers for different color materials
[14:38:54] <_methods> real lasers
[14:38:56] <tekniq> so does aluminum though... it reflects a lot though
[14:38:57] <ssi> _methods: think I could cut .005" stainless with 120W CO2?
[14:39:04] <_methods> hmmm
[14:39:06] <_methods> no idea
[14:39:11] <ssi> MacGalempsy: http://www.lightobject.com/High-Quality-Reci-100W120W-CO2-Sealed-Laser-Tube-10000hrs-P119.aspx
[14:39:14] <_methods> i've only used real industrial lasers
[14:39:16] <ssi> that's the tube I have, and where I got it
[14:39:20] <MacGalempsy> the hardest part I saw was media delivery to the platform
[14:39:21] <SpeedEvil> tekniq: Stainless thermal conduction is under a tenth of that of aluminium
[14:39:26] <_methods> trumpf mitstubishi fanuc
[14:39:33] <ds3> some guy manage to cut stainless shims with a 40W laser
[14:39:37] <tekniq> SpeedEvil: wow, that's a big spread
[14:39:47] <ssi> ds3: interesting
[14:39:50] <ssi> did he coat it with anything?
[14:39:55] <ds3> nope
[14:40:02] <ssi> I'll have to give it a shot
[14:40:03] <_methods> the problem is aluminum's reflectivity in it's molten state
[14:40:05] <ds3> didn't detail it much
[14:40:09] <ssi> I'd love to be able to cut stainless pcb stencils
[14:40:23] <SpeedEvil> tekniq: It's one reason why stainless cookware has issues
[14:40:28] <_methods> i'd think you could cut shim stock like that just fine
[14:40:31] <MacGalempsy> the reflectivity is why you would want to just a different spectrum of laser
[14:40:32] <ds3> I did successfully cut a tiny hole in the stainless tool wrap stuff
[14:40:40] <ds3> 40W import laseer
[14:41:08] <ssi> lasers are fun :)
[14:41:19] <MacGalempsy> CaptHindsight: so what do you do about media delivery on the sls?
[14:41:22] <tekniq> has anyone gotten plasma to be accurate enough for precision fit stuff?
[14:41:31] <MacGalempsy> you use the roller/platform concept?
[14:41:38] <ssi> not as accurate as I'd like it to be
[14:41:41] <_methods> some hihg def plasmas can cut very good
[14:41:41] <tekniq> I suppose if they did they wouldn't use lasers to cut metal
[14:41:42] <ssi> plasma is very finicky
[14:42:25] <SpeedEvil> LASER - done right can cut anything with great kerf - pretty much.
[14:42:43] <SpeedEvil> It's just the LASER may be the size of your car, and cost more than your street of houses.
[14:43:11] <SpeedEvil> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3YCACZQ72Q
[14:43:53] <ssi> yep
[14:43:56] <_methods> pew pew
[14:44:26] <tekniq> I'll take two
[14:44:36] <tekniq> akimbo pew pew
[14:44:47] <ssi> I cut some stuff for a friend day before yesterday
[14:45:04] <ssi> he had it quoted at atlanta waterjet and they said they couldn't do it because their kerf is .030", and he had smaller features than that
[14:45:11] <ssi> my kerf in 1/2" acrylic is .009"
[14:45:16] <SpeedEvil> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9knajscxEpg#t=92
[14:45:19] <tekniq> is that really only water cooled at 5000W?
[14:45:31] <ssi> https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzeEtgOIIAA1Hiz.jpg:large
[14:45:32] <MacGalempsy> SpeedEvil: I'll take one!
[14:45:39] <SpeedEvil> 5kw Fibre laser
[14:46:00] <SpeedEvil> 5kW@1 micron or so
[14:46:00] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: yes, that's one way or a wiper with Z-axis platform that lowers after each layer is sintered
[14:46:42] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: spread powder, sinter, lower Z, spread powder etc etc
[14:46:58] <MacGalempsy> I was thinking a wiper would be easier than a roller. The whole SLS thing just blows my mind. How long does it take to do a standard calibration cube?
[14:48:24] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: thats like asking how long does it take to mill one :) It depends on resolution, laser power, particle diameter etc etc
[14:48:56] <tekniq> maybe just build a giant array of solar concentrators and focus them through a beam collimator :P
[14:49:04] <CaptHindsight> the problem with a single laser is that it can only be at one small point at any one time
[14:49:14] <ssi> there's a solar powered sand SLS machine in existence
[14:49:20] <tekniq> ssi: yeah I've seen it
[14:49:25] <MacGalempsy> link?
[14:49:29] <tekniq> the ugy used makerbot electronics lol
[14:49:31] <ssi> CaptHindsight: galvos might be a good way to deal with that
[14:49:31] <tekniq> guy*
[14:49:36] <ssi> tekniq: yeah him and everyone else in the world :P
[14:50:00] * ssi is smugly superior with his linuxcnc-controlled laser cutter with proper electronics :D
[14:50:16] <MacGalempsy> hehe
[14:50:26] <CaptHindsight> http://digitalcortex.net/culture/design/sun-sand-selective-laser-sintering/
[14:50:53] <CaptHindsight> http://vimeo.com/25401444#at=3
[14:51:25] <MacGalempsy> already like the video he has a sweet landcruiser
[14:51:40] <MacGalempsy> no pics of final product though
[14:51:48] <Rab> http://www.markuskayser.com/files/gimgs/22_2.jpg
[14:51:54] <Rab> http://www.markuskayser.com/work/solarsinter/
[14:52:13] <MacGalempsy> thats pretty cool. sell that in a gallery
[14:54:51] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: the problem with all of this are the overlapping patents
[14:55:18] <CaptHindsight> if you try to sell anything that makes $, the trolls come after you
[14:57:19] <tekniq> this would probably cut aluminum ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cb7iqaN91c
[15:01:38] <MacGalempsy> CaptHindsight: I was thinking more about for prototyping
[15:02:02] <MacGalempsy> and curious about something the size of an engine block, in the long run
[15:03:39] <CaptHindsight> MacGalempsy: for something like an engine block it's easier and faster to print a sand mold and cast it
[15:04:16] <CaptHindsight> you inkjet a binder into sand, bake and then use the mold for casting
[15:04:34] <SpeedEvil> Connor: Lost PLA is a thing
[15:04:38] <SpeedEvil> CaptHindsight:
[15:04:46] <MacGalempsy> sounds like a lot of extra steps if you had limited shop space
[15:04:50] <Connor> SpeedEvil: Huh ?
[15:04:54] <SpeedEvil> Connor: typo
[15:05:10] <SpeedEvil> http://3dtopo.com/lostPLA/
[15:05:28] <CaptHindsight> lost PLA or UV resin takes 10+ hours to burn out
[15:05:33] <SpeedEvil> I could imagine making a very, very small burnout furnace and investment furnace which can make 100mm parts
[15:06:03] <SpeedEvil> Surely that depends on the temp
[15:06:24] <MacGalempsy> well my data load just finished so now its time for a 3.5 hr drive to Oklahoma City
[15:06:30] <CaptHindsight> PLA and resins don't melt out , they burn out
[15:06:32] <SpeedEvil> ^above just used a couple of hours
[15:06:33] <MacGalempsy> cheers
[15:06:50] <CaptHindsight> if you inkjet wax then you can melt it out in minutes
[15:07:14] <SpeedEvil> Fair point
[15:07:39] <CaptHindsight> plus FDM with PLA is too low res to make something like an engine block and it would take days to print
[15:08:38] <CaptHindsight> inkjet can print a mold for a block in an hour
[15:09:45] <CaptHindsight> but due the fing patents nobody sell a printer that fast
[15:18:52] <CaptHindsight> http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130610-china-develops-worlds-largest-laser-3d-printer.html
[15:19:37] <SpeedEvil> CaptHindsight: It's not too low res
[15:20:03] <SpeedEvil> CaptHindsight: you're not going to print the valve seats or cylinders and expect to have no finish work to do in almost any process
[15:20:06] <CaptHindsight> potato potato :p
[15:20:40] * SpeedEvil makes a potato engine.
[15:21:10] <CaptHindsight> FDM has it's uses, but it's not an efficient deposition technology for large castings
[15:21:30] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: I think that's called a still =)
[15:21:31] <SpeedEvil> Not really ideal, no
[15:21:35] <CaptHindsight> no matter what they say in #reprap
[15:21:40] <SpeedEvil> Jymmm: Or a mule
[15:21:51] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: mules run on potatos?
[15:22:00] <SpeedEvil> Jymmm: yup
[15:22:25] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: I like the still idea better
[15:22:35] * SpeedEvil walks without rhythm.
[15:23:20] <Jymmm> SpeedEvil: Give the mule a bit of what the still produces, then he'll have some rythm
[15:26:49] <PetefromTn_> LOL my kids were just watching the Nightmare before Christmas....
[15:27:03] <PetefromTn_> we were talking about how cool it is and how great the music is..
[15:27:18] <PetefromTn_> then I told them about who made the music IE Danny Elfman....
[15:27:25] <PetefromTn_> They were like WHO??
[15:27:37] <PetefromTn_> So I told them about his LONG history in music
[15:28:05] <PetefromTn_> I Told them how he was the head and lead singer of OINGO BOINGO...back in the 80's
[15:28:20] <PetefromTn_> Then I played them some Oingo Boingo music on youtube
[15:28:32] <PetefromTn_> they were like...MAN THAT GUY IS WEIRD!!!
[15:28:39] <PetefromTn_> I had to crack up laughing...
[15:28:53] <PetefromTn_> He IS Weird but what a musical talent he is also...
[15:29:18] <Rab> Next lesson: Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Eno
[15:29:42] <PetefromTn_> LOL yeah right there is SO much they don't know...where do you start...
[15:29:49] <PetefromTn_> God I love the 80's...
[15:30:07] <PetefromTn_> I tried to find Weird Science the movie on netflix or something so they can see that too...
[15:30:42] <PetefromTn_> I got inspired so now I am rockin' to Oingo Boingo in the shop while I am working hehe
[15:30:51] <Rab> Try Short Circuit, lots of machinist porn there.
[15:31:17] <PetefromTn_> yeah I remember that one... Gotta love the John Hughes movies tho. I love the breakfast club..
[15:31:37] <PetefromTn_> I think I even have the soundtrack from that somewhere hehe
[15:38:22] <clib21> Simpsons theme too
[15:38:32] <clib21> if anyone under 30 is still watching that is
[15:39:17] <PetefromTn_> Oh yeah he is credited for SO many themes and songs from so many movies and shows it is not even funny...
[15:39:51] <CaptHindsight> PetefromTn_: thanks, now I have Dead Mans Party in my head
[15:40:27] <PetefromTn_> LOL I'm listenin to it right now
[15:41:42] <PetefromTn_> if you go to wikipedia and search Danny elfman his musical credits read like a who's who list of what movies you wanted to see and remember fondly.. Amazing career really.
[15:42:03] <clib21> oh god back to school
[15:42:33] <PetefromTn_> Oh yeah man every 80's guilty pleasure is in there hehe
[15:43:42] <PetefromTn_> Basically anything Tim Burton he was involved with too....
[15:44:55] <clib21> forgot about the pee wee movies, jeez
[15:45:07] <clib21> talk about music to get stuck in your head
[15:45:23] <PetefromTn_> yeah he is really good at that kinda thing.
[15:46:56] <PetefromTn_> Damn I need to buy an 82 degree champfer bit MA FORD...
[15:48:45] <PetefromTn_> http://www.ebay.com/itm/M-A-FORD-CHATTERLESS-COUNTERSINK-SET-7-PCS-PLUS-CASE-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-/171483621409?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27ed386821
[15:48:50] <PetefromTn_> I need this set
[15:49:14] <PetefromTn_> They cut beautiful champfers in machines or in cordless drills in my experience.
[15:49:19] <PetefromTn_> Gotta get the six flute ones.
[15:58:55] <Tom_itx> they don't chatter in a drill?
[15:59:03] <Tom_itx> single flute work pretty good for that
[15:59:19] <PetefromTn_> no they cut GORGEOUS holes in a drill which is why I love em.
[15:59:39] <Tom_itx> i have one like that i don't use much
[15:59:49] <PetefromTn_> single flute usually have an edge that slides against to center which leaves a less than smooth hole.
[16:00:03] <PetefromTn_> in the CNC a single flute is fine of course.
[16:00:29] <PetefromTn_> there are a LOT of shitty countersinks out there I just recently bought one that looks nice but does not cut for shit..
[16:00:52] <PetefromTn_> MA FORD 6 flute work great especially in a hand drill second op
[16:01:21] <PetefromTn_> I have one here that is 5/8 inch 6 flute but it is a 90 degree angle and I need an 82 degree angle for this project.
[16:01:50] <PetefromTn_> I am trying to decide if I should just buy the set of six or a single one for almost half the price of the set. Money is always tight for tooling for me.
[16:05:24] <PetefromTn_> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVsrNcEgkNk
[16:05:28] <PetefromTn_> LOL
[16:13:51] <PetefromTn_> anyone got a current enco coupon code? Preferrably one that does not have a minimum order cost
[16:14:43] <_methods> hold one let me check
[16:15:03] <_methods> nah shit i send them to my spam
[16:15:36] <PetefromTn_> yeah I don't but they usually end up there still somehow. I will order two cutters if I can get free shipping or a good discount.
[16:22:58] <CaptHindsight> http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/10/08/pocket-sized-3d-printer-fit-pocket-budget/ it's non contact but it's still going to wobble
[16:23:33] <PetefromTn_> WTF shipping from Atlanta to Tennessee for a SINGLE champfer bit is $7.95!! I ship my rails all over the uS priority mail for less than that...jeez
[16:24:15] <kfoltman> CaptHindsight: scara style stuff?
[16:24:22] <PetefromTn_> thats nearly half the price of the cutter heh
[16:24:38] <Deejay> gn8
[16:26:09] <CaptHindsight> kfoltman: this is more like triple cantilever :)
[16:26:29] <PetefromTn_> Looks more like a piece of shit to me
[16:26:47] <kfoltman> also, where is the space for the servos and the laser head?
[16:26:52] <CaptHindsight> a folding gantry would make more sense
[16:27:58] <kfoltman> perhaps it's done using some flexible links and the motors in the base
[16:27:59] <kfoltman> still
[16:28:57] <CaptHindsight> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pocket3dprinter#home a pic of the proto
[16:28:57] <kfoltman> I'll be surprised if it actually reaches the market and does anything useful
[16:29:25] <CaptHindsight> in other words a mockery of a mock up
[16:33:34] <kfoltman> what is it with people with some silly ideas instantly starting crowdfunding campaigns?
[16:33:36] <SpeedEvil> I can see that working fine.
[16:33:56] <SpeedEvil> If it's made of high quality castings, well machined, with harmonic drives, and properly tensioned bearings.
[16:34:32] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: so far, he has a prototype made out of plastic
[16:34:44] <SpeedEvil> Quite.
[16:34:49] <SpeedEvil> And, probably lego
[16:34:50] <kfoltman> only one small pic
[16:35:21] <tekniq> no surprise he isn't using kickstarter considering their recent policy change: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/kickstarters-new-rules-creators-must-complete-projects-or-fess-n209011
[16:36:13] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: the motors... not geared, no servo feedback, right?
[16:36:33] <kfoltman> OTOH hard to tell from the pic
[16:36:45] <SpeedEvil> There is nothing physically, or mechanically impossible in the above
[16:37:08] <SpeedEvil> It's just a hell of a lot of engineering for only $25K
[16:37:27] <CaptHindsight> but but but he's a mechcnical engineer with MS in Materials Science
[16:37:32] <CaptHindsight> http://middletonsa.wix.com/portfolio#!about/component_14104
[16:37:35] <kfoltman> two wires going into each motor, so I can't see how it can get position feedback, except for some clever CV
[16:37:53] <CaptHindsight> http://middletonsa.wix.com/portfolio#!resume/c1pv7
[16:38:11] <kfoltman> and the resume is a jpg of a scan
[16:38:25] <CaptHindsight> http://middletonsa.wix.com/portfolio
[16:38:37] <kfoltman> hopefully he hires some experienced developer for the controller then ;)
[16:40:04] <PetefromTn_> jeez that is a train wreck waiting to happen...
[16:40:10] <Rab> The boom arrangement is going to require some clevar polar coordinate juggling.
[16:40:12] <SpeedEvil> It looks like some gearmotors
[16:40:15] <Rab> er, clever
[16:40:21] <SpeedEvil> Rab: yeah - that's the easy bit though
[16:40:28] <CaptHindsight> http://static.wixstatic.com/media/9caeef_234de5793488443eb00c059943694574.jpg_srz_p_465_373_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz
[16:40:44] <CaptHindsight> geared dc hobby motors
[16:41:04] <kfoltman> with no optical encoders or anything similar?
[16:41:05] <SpeedEvil> Also - doesn't the extruder head vary in pitch?
[16:41:16] <SpeedEvil> I mean orientation
[16:41:26] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: as in, light direction?
[16:41:35] <CaptHindsight> he FDM printed the arms and added cheap motors to show some motion
[16:41:36] <SpeedEvil> as in direction it's pointing
[16:41:47] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: maybe it's meant to point downwards due to gravity
[16:41:48] <kfoltman> free pivot
[16:41:50] <kfoltman> or something ;)
[16:42:10] <CaptHindsight> yes it prints down using a photopolymer and 405nm led
[16:42:14] <SpeedEvil> Oh my.
[16:42:18] <SpeedEvil> What innovative stuff
[16:42:23] <CaptHindsight> it works, but not with that setup
[16:42:24] <SpeedEvil> I mean - he has a secret door.
[16:43:09] <SpeedEvil> And he makes hideous desks as gifts.
[16:43:26] <SpeedEvil> That - oddly is still in his house despite his giving it away
[16:43:52] <Rab> SpeedEvil, that's what I mean about polar coordinate juggling. Z-axis movement will require adjusting all four axes to keep the extruder head level.
[16:44:11] <Rab> (And in position.)
[16:44:27] <kfoltman> 4 axes?
[16:44:29] <kfoltman> I see 3?
[16:44:29] <SpeedEvil> And on that desk - those look really like those stamped steel right-angle things, not actually anything made with any skill
[16:44:36] <SpeedEvil> Rab: ah
[16:44:37] <kfoltman> ah no, there are 4
[16:46:04] <Rab> Hmm, that guy's right up the highway from me.
[16:46:11] <PetefromTn_> Okay just popped for two MA Ford 6 flute Chatterless countersinks. One is a 1/2 shank 3/4 diameter 90 degree and the other is the same but 82 degree. Both are $17.98 on sale on enco.com
[16:46:29] <PetefromTn_> good price for a good tool I think but I am pissed about the shipping.
[16:46:43] <PetefromTn_> apparently $7.98 is their MINIMUM shipping charge.
[16:46:53] <PetefromTn_> so getting two of them was the same price as one.
[16:47:03] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: I guess positioning accuracy and vibration are the main challenges here
[16:47:05] <PetefromTn_> Oh well I have been needing one for awhile now.
[16:47:26] <SpeedEvil> kfoltman: yeah - I could see it being just about doable with harmonic drives.
[16:47:32] <Rab> PetefromTn_, I believe that's the minimum rate for both UPS and FedEx ground. Enco probably doesn't bother with USPS.
[16:47:37] <CaptHindsight> Rab: can you invite him to the channel so we can interview him? :)
[16:47:38] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: even CV tricks are not fast enough as the only feedback mechanism for geared DC motors
[16:47:39] <SpeedEvil> kfoltman: and lots of hardware and softwareskill
[16:48:16] <Rab> CaptHindsight, I'm afraid to make contact.
[16:48:32] <kfoltman> heh
[16:48:33] <Rab> Wonder if he's been showing his prototype off at local hackerspaces.
[16:48:42] <CaptHindsight> Rab: you might wake up with a horse head in your bed?
[16:48:51] <PetefromTn_> yeah it suprised be because I ship stuff via USPS Priority all over the country in that little flat rate box for like $5.50 or something.
[16:49:06] <Rab> CaptHindsight, or a PLA turd.
[16:49:13] <kfoltman> lol
[16:49:29] <PetefromTn_> could probably fit a dozen of those cutters inside it for the same price and cost.
[16:49:39] <PetefromTn_> I know I know I know I am a cheap ass...LOL
[16:49:40] <SpeedEvil> http://www.turdtwister.com/
[16:50:38] <Rab> PetefromTn_, indeed. You people would try to order lathe chucks etc in the flat rate box. It doesn't pay from a business standpoint to offer a shipping option that's only good for certain orders.
[16:50:53] <PetefromTn_> OMG and I am struggling to sell my wares and there are folks selling TURD TWISTERS!!!! Jeez where did I go wrong...
[16:50:55] <kfoltman> anyway, it doesn't look like there have been any vict^H^H^H^Hinvestors to worry about
[16:51:20] <SpeedEvil> PetefromTn_: I don't think it's an atual purchaseable product. Yet.
[16:51:24] <PetefromTn_> HEY who is YOU PEOPLE!!!
[16:51:37] <PetefromTn_> I AM JUST KIDDING GUYS!!!! LOL
[16:51:58] <SpeedEvil> PetefromTn_: I have pondered making concrete tubgirl fountains.
[16:52:05] <Rab> PetefromTn_, I meant to say "People". Not totally coherent today. Mea culpa.
[16:52:36] <PetefromTn_> Mea Culpa? Jeez man its OKAY....
[16:54:31] <kfoltman> SpeedEvil: I guess abstract ones would sell better
[17:17:18] <PetefromTn_> Ooh my wife is gonna make a shrimp boil tonight!! YUMMY!! hehe
[17:26:00] <Jymmm> lol you are just like a lil kid when the wifey cooks... you get SO excited =)
[17:28:34] <PetefromTn_> yes...yes I am!!
[17:29:06] * Tom_itx munches on some fried chicken
[17:29:23] <Jymmm> PetefromTn_: now, to return the favor in kind =)
[17:29:31] <Jymmm> Tom_itx: Got Greens?
[17:33:06] * JT-Shop is making gumbo
[17:33:21] <Jymmm> is that with okra?
[17:33:25] <JT-Shop> no
[17:33:39] <Jymmm> k, me no like slime
[17:34:06] <JT-Shop> me neither, I like sassafras leaves
[17:34:22] <Jymmm> I dont think I've ever had them before.
[17:42:09] <PetefromTn_> Yes exactly..
[17:47:01] * Tom_itx contemplates a nap now
[17:48:31] <PetefromTn_> BBL
[18:28:25] <mblaszkiewicz> hey everyone. Anyone here familure with 3d printing
[18:29:22] <andypugh> The Machinkit chaps have more experience I suspect, but there are pure-LinuxCNC printers out there.
[18:29:40] <Jymmm> Hey andypugh, how the hell are ya?
[18:29:45] <mblaszkiewicz> wondering what it would take to put a printer head on my cnc mill
[18:30:16] <mblaszkiewicz> Hey andy got the brother running pretty good now.
[18:30:20] <andypugh> Jymmm: FIne, just doing different things mainly
[18:30:45] <andypugh> You need a fast mill for 3D printing.
[18:30:53] <andypugh> But then, I think you have one>
[18:30:58] <Jymmm> andypugh: Ah, did you ever finish the 1000 year roof?
[18:31:06] <mblaszkiewicz> should have 500 ipm rapids soon
[18:31:23] <andypugh> Yeah, we finshed the roof 10 years ago. Looks good so far at 1%
[18:32:07] <Jymmm> andypugh: 10 years ago?! Are the pics THAT old?
[18:32:53] <Jymmm> andypugh: I coulda sworn you had said a couple of times you were still working on it in the last coulpe of years.
[18:33:15] <andypugh> mblaszkiewicz: I think I would be looking to build an actual printer for printing. Using the Brother would be a lot of wear on the parts, and while you are printing you can’t mill. It’s probabluy fair to say that a printer is as bad a mill as a mill is a printer.
[18:33:57] <andypugh> Jymmm: I have been 250 miles from the house since 2005.
[18:34:09] <andypugh> We basically finished then.
[18:34:27] <mblaszkiewicz> just wondering might need it for 1 job.
[18:34:32] <Jymmm> andypugh: Damn, time flies.
[18:35:23] <mblaszkiewicz> wanted to put a mold roughly togther then countour the outside to finish dim's
[18:37:12] <andypugh> I still work on it a bit. I will be making a door and door frame at christmas as we are now thinking about a re-arrangement of rooms to have a downstairs bedroom and toilet. Top Tip: When building your retirement home, accept that you will be old there…
[18:38:04] <andypugh> (my dad, always stong, fit and agile, suddenly can’t walk)
[18:38:41] <andypugh> He is still strong fit and agile. He just can’t walk…
[18:39:25] <andypugh> (minor stroke, forgotten how)
[18:40:46] <andypugh> mblaszkiewicz: Printers are fun and cheap. After your Brother conversion I suspect you could build a dedicated printer in weeks.
[18:41:24] <mblaszkiewicz> was hoping to just add an extrusion head in a collet and let it go to town
[18:41:33] <mblaszkiewicz> the cheap and dirty way
[18:41:53] <roycroft> adding the print head will be easy
[18:42:13] <andypugh> With your machine, that should work. I just don’t think it is a good thing to do with the machine.
[18:42:55] <roycroft> you'll probably want a heated base to build your parts on though
[18:42:57] <andypugh> But, by all means, try it. It should be relatively easy.
[18:43:06] <mblaszkiewicz> Its for a one tie thing, that could lead to a 6k job in aluminum
[18:43:08] <roycroft> which isn't difficult, but it's a piece that folks don't always think about
[18:43:48] <andypugh> I have thought about doing the same thing myself, and also a plasma cutter.
[18:44:05] <roycroft> a 1/2" thick piece of glass with some nichrome wire underneath would do fine
[18:44:40] <roycroft> when i get my router built i want to be able to put, in addition to the spindle head, a laser head and a 3d printer head on it
[18:44:51] <andypugh> (The plasma cutter plan is a frame down to a pond on the floor next to the machine, to keep the mess away from the table slides)
[18:44:57] <mblaszkiewicz> for programming I think waterline would work, I just don't know about the feed and how to get the head to extrude
[18:45:43] <andypugh> mblaszkiewicz: Just use a normal 3D slicer. They spit out G-clde
[18:46:25] <mblaszkiewicz> where would I get one of those
[18:46:53] <andypugh> http://slic3r.org
[18:47:33] <mblaszkiewicz> why did I know you would know that. :)
[18:50:11] <mblaszkiewicz> roy, how hot does the base have to be
[18:51:13] <roycroft> i'm not sure - i don't have a 3d printer, but i have a friend who does with whom i've been speaking about it
[18:51:24] <roycroft> my impression is it's in the 120c range
[18:51:34] <roycroft> hot enough that regular plate glass would not suffice
[18:51:42] <roycroft> he strongly recommends borosilicate glass
[18:52:00] <mblaszkiewicz> wow thats over 250 f
[18:52:02] <roycroft> yes
[18:52:07] <roycroft> now glass is not all that thermally conductive
[18:52:21] <andypugh> You can ignore the heated-chamber patents for a home-build.
[18:52:30] <mblaszkiewicz> haybe an electric hot plate then for the base
[18:52:37] <roycroft> so if it's a small part that you can print fairly quickly you might get away with heating the glass plate in an oven and just putting it on something insulated
[18:53:08] <mblaszkiewicz> Its not a small job
[18:53:19] <andypugh> Heated base is just a not-quite-as-good workaround on the commerical printers to get round the patents
[18:53:26] <mblaszkiewicz> 8" dia by 7 inches tall
[18:53:51] <roycroft> that might be pushing the limits of a small 3d printer
[18:54:03] <roycroft> you'll have to keep the whole part hot while you're printing it
[18:54:14] <mblaszkiewicz> Thats in the work range of my mill
[18:54:32] <mblaszkiewicz> maybe a heat gun or 2
[18:54:37] <roycroft> is this 3d part a prototype?
[18:55:08] <roycroft> is it something you can print in parts and glue them together?
[18:55:09] <mblaszkiewicz> prototype to be later milled in aluminum
[18:55:25] <andypugh> A chap a know built a “proper” DLP printer. Servos, ballscrews, solid frame. Results look good.
[18:55:29] <mblaszkiewicz> I don't think so
[18:56:02] <roycroft> i would put it to you that if you already have a cnc mill it might be cheaper and faster to mill the prototype out of aluminium
[18:56:21] <mblaszkiewicz> material is 400 a pop
[18:56:33] <roycroft> you can't use a low grade aluminium?
[18:56:37] <Jymmm> Mill it out of wax
[18:56:43] <mblaszkiewicz> thats 6061
[18:56:43] <roycroft> wax would be fine too
[18:56:51] <roycroft> there is wax made specifically for that purpose
[18:57:01] <mblaszkiewicz> It needs to be made, shipped and approved
[18:57:02] <Jymmm> and can be reused too
[18:57:06] <roycroft> yes
[18:57:18] <roycroft> 3d printing is slower than milling
[18:57:22] <andypugh> i was just about to suggest wax
[18:57:26] <roycroft> and you have the expense of the print head
[18:57:31] <roycroft> and the feed mechanism
[18:57:33] <roycroft> and the heated base
[18:57:40] <andypugh> If you are demonstrating what you can machine, then machine it
[18:57:42] <Jymmm> and two sets of gcode
[18:57:43] <roycroft> look at $500 minimum for that stuff
[18:57:55] <roycroft> you can buy your good metal for $400
[18:58:04] <roycroft> so you're already saving $100 by milling it
[18:58:07] <roycroft> and wax is way cheaper
[18:58:22] <roycroft> now if you want to play with 3d printing do not let anyone here dissuade you
[18:58:25] <andypugh> ues either machinable wax (possibly make it from carrier bags) or model board
[18:58:31] <Jymmm> and if they dont approve it, they you can remelt it and try again
[18:58:43] <mblaszkiewicz> Thats for 1st mold, total of 6 to 7 to make
[18:58:45] <roycroft> but as a business plan, i don't think it's the most economical approach
[18:59:00] <Jymmm> roycroft: prototypes?
[18:59:06] <mblaszkiewicz> yes
[18:59:14] <roycroft> i'm talking about the 3d printer approach, jymmm
[18:59:22] <mblaszkiewicz> 6 total molds to be made
[18:59:30] <mblaszkiewicz> each a little different
[18:59:32] <Jymmm> roycroft: oh yeah, I'd do wx for a prototype for sure
[18:59:44] <Jymmm> mblaszkiewicz: and a prototype for EACH one?
[18:59:46] <roycroft> wax is probably the best idea
[19:00:00] <roycroft> and the 2 sets of gcode issue is a significant one
[19:00:09] <mblaszkiewicz> They need to approve each, and I have to mail each possitive mold
[19:00:22] <andypugh> Model board
[19:00:24] <roycroft> if you write gcode to mill it out of wax, you can use that same gcode with minor tweaks to mill it out of aluminium later
[19:00:30] <Jymmm> Yeah, what workds for 3D is NOT going to work for milling and coused cause havoc
[19:00:42] <Jymmm> could*
[19:00:43] <roycroft> but it will be completely different gcode for a 3d printer
[19:00:56] <roycroft> and if you think about it
[19:01:10] <Jymmm> And 3D results look like shit to me, totally unfinished appearance
[19:01:10] <roycroft> since it would be completely different gcode, they could not really approve a 3d printed prototype
[19:01:25] <roycroft> because they would have no way of knowing what the final product would be
[19:01:38] <Jymmm> Wax will have a finished look, that that WILL make a difference in approval.
[19:01:39] <andypugh> mblaszkiewicz: This stuff: http://www.easycomposites.co.uk/Category/Patterns-Moulds-and-Tooling/Tooling-Modelling-Board.aspx
[19:02:11] <roycroft> wax also has the advantage of being more crash-resiliant than making the prototype out of metal
[19:02:16] <mblaszkiewicz> I was planning on roughing the mold with the 3d printing then milling it to finish size
[19:02:32] <Jymmm> mblaszkiewicz: Eeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww
[19:02:37] <andypugh> 3D printing is a good idea, but not as a domestration as what you can mill :-)
[19:02:41] <roycroft> i'll just reiterate once more
[19:02:53] <roycroft> if you want to 3d print as a hobby, all power to you
[19:02:54] <Jymmm> mblaszkiewicz: That's WAY too much work for a prototype, unless they are going to PAY of rthe protottype approval or not.
[19:03:03] <roycroft> but this particular application makes no sense for a business
[19:03:35] <roycroft> and i'm in no way inferring that 3d printing is not suitable for production work
[19:03:44] <roycroft> just not in this application
[19:03:54] <Jymmm> roycroft: (I am =)
[19:04:08] <Jymmm> Glorified hot glue gun!
[19:04:13] <andypugh> You will find that 3D printing is an expensive way to make a blank for miling. It really only makes sense for short-run finshed-object work.
[19:04:16] <roycroft> we can have that discussion, jymmm
[19:04:17] <Jymmm> Unless you pay $60,000+
[19:04:36] <Jymmm> roycroft: Nah, the discussion would be pointless =)
[19:04:50] <mblaszkiewicz> Ok it was just an initial idea.
[19:04:54] <roycroft> but right now we're trying to get mblaszkiewicz (i was trying to avoid spelling that) on his way to a good prototype
[19:05:08] <roycroft> i didn't say we should have that discusion
[19:05:10] <Jymmm> roycroft: tab completion baby!
[19:05:11] <roycroft> i said we could
[19:05:13] <mblaszkiewicz> Mark is fine
[19:05:28] <Jymmm> roycroft: (I tease, it's all good =)
[19:05:31] <andypugh> I don’t recall what the US-centric search term is for model board, we have different trademarks in EU
[19:05:47] <Jymmm> foam board, and is VERY expensive in the US
[19:05:59] <Jymmm> PU foam board
[19:06:01] <mblaszkiewicz> I'm sure I could fine something
[19:06:11] <andypugh> Yes, but not more expensive than Alu, and much faster to mill.
[19:06:12] <roycroft> seriously, look into millable wax
[19:06:17] <roycroft> it's not that expensive
[19:06:24] <roycroft> all the major suppliers carry it
[19:06:30] <roycroft> and you can melt it down and reuse it
[19:06:40] <mblaszkiewicz> just worried about the mail with wax.
[19:06:44] <andypugh> (and you can re-melt the swarf too)
[19:06:47] <Tom_itx> and you can make it yourself if you want
[19:06:52] <Jymmm> http://www.machinablewax.com/
[19:06:54] <Tom_itx> yup, reuseable
[19:07:03] <roycroft> are you in the southern hemisphere or something?
[19:07:20] <andypugh> I have a huge stock of HDPE carrier bags waiting to be converted :-)
[19:07:28] <roycroft> this stuff is not like candlewax
[19:07:30] <roycroft> it's a lot harder
[19:07:37] <Tom_itx> it's got plastic in it
[19:07:48] <Tom_itx> i've used machineable wax before
[19:09:36] <mblaszkiewicz> might look into it
[19:09:58] <Jymmm> mblaszkiewicz: you can find small sample size for cheap online to test with
[19:10:59] <Jymmm> mblaszkiewicz: Hit the thirft store for old stainless steel containers to remelt it in too
[19:11:32] <Jymmm> or silicon candy molds
[19:13:26] <roycroft> or candle molds
[19:13:28] <kfoltman> you can melt silicone? :|
[19:14:04] <roycroft> the point is to pour the wax into something that will not melt
[19:14:33] <roycroft> you can rough it out with a bandsaw/hacksaw
[19:14:54] <roycroft> or even chisels/carving gouges
[19:14:56] <andypugh> CO2 rarely melts :-)
[19:15:35] <kfoltman> Jymmm: ah, you mean use candy molds to melt wax, ok, that makes more sense :)
[19:15:40] <roycroft> since your intent is to do finish milling on something rough
[19:16:04] <roycroft> i bet you could rough out some wax to the same profile in ten minutes as it would take 3 hours to 3d print
[19:16:35] <roycroft> melt wax, pour into candy molds
[19:17:13] <mblaszkiewicz> give to kids on halloween
[19:17:15] <roycroft> my friend just told me 80c for abs
[19:17:26] <roycroft> 110-120c for pla
[19:17:40] <roycroft> so i had a reasonable sense of what it needs to be
[19:18:39] <mblaszkiewicz> might put a little printer togther in the future just for fun
[19:19:28] <roycroft> i definitely intend to do that
[19:19:45] <roycroft> probably for the router i'm making
[19:19:56] <roycroft> i don't have bench/floor space to dedicate to a toy
[19:20:10] <roycroft> but i have cabinet space to store some conversion parts
[19:20:20] <mblaszkiewicz> and an electric hot plate might end up being the base, make breakfast and parts at the same time
[19:21:54] <roycroft> sure
[19:22:34] <roycroft> you can run a little mapping routing every time you set it up to establish your base plane
[19:22:41] <roycroft> routine, not routing
[19:23:02] <mblaszkiewicz> well thanks for the advice I'll catch you all later
[19:25:25] <roycroft> take them as random comments, not advice :)