Thread: Hi from Crewe

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    Even though I have been machining for almost all my working life, I haven't yet dabbled into CNC.
    I have a small but fully manual machine equipped small workshop, with all the usual items.
    Being of rather a ripe age, CNC machining will be a complete minefield for me, when I eventually get a CNC mill into the shop.

    Even though I know John S personally, I thought I would try to at least attempt to help myself before falling on his superior knowledge.

    If things go to plan, later in the year, I will be investing in the larger of the two Sieg CNC mills, mainly because it will take most of the tooling I already have, and it should compliment the size of machines I already own.
    My workshop is used as a sort of small production unit making precision items and doing rework, but only for a minor amount of the time, just to pay for keeping the workshop running, the rest is devoted to my designing and making of small steam/air driven engines. I am hoping that the CNC mill will help take the pressure off me when I am doing production work.

    Thats about it for the moment :wave:


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    Lee Roberts's Avatar
    Lives in Wigan, United Kingdom. Current Activity: Viewing Moderator Control Panel Has been a member for 9-10 years. Has a total post count of 2,553. Received thanks 167 times, giving thanks to others 656 times. Made a monetary donation to the upkeep of the community. Referred 10 members to the community.
    Hi Bogs welcome to the site, i look forward to seeing some of these steam engine parts coming ot of your cnc once your up and running.

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    Unfortunately Lee, I doubt very much if my engines will ever be made by CNC.
    I design and make on the run, manual machining here and there where necessary. I doubt if CNC could keep up with my one off production. I don't even use CAD, just rough sketches.

    This was designed and made just like I described above.

    Or maybe a three rotor air/steam turbine will wet your whistle

    Both about 4.5" high

    I need massive help for when the CNC eventually turns up, not hardware, that is all sorted hopefully, but where to start in getting it to do what I want.

    I am looking at Dolphin and Mach III software.


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    That's neat! :clap:

  5. Fantastic work Mr Tandard

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    Nice work mate,bet that used up a good few hours.

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    HS93's Avatar
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    Hi Boggy time you introduced the brains of the partneship, Bandit


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    Hi Peter,

    I mentioned about him joining as well, but he mumbled something about becoming a physicist, and was too busy to take on anything else.

    Maybe he will change his mind a little later.


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    Hi! It's a small world - I recognise you from the Home Model Engine Machinist forum!

    I've just purchased a CNC Taig Mill and currently coming to grips with it!

    Good to see you here too!


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    I forgot to answer you before, sorry.
    Not really, the piston valve engine, I made two 'on the run', designing and making as I went along, and they took about two months. Mostly made from scrap picked up from here and there, and cost me about 10 each, and most of that was on the fastenings. The forum build for it was turned into a 'book', which should be able to be downloaded from here. A fair few have been sucessfully made.

    Hi Alan,

    I have still to purchase my machinery. I want to try to get some facts and figures and software under my belt before I take the plunge. Mainly because it will be a secondary machine in my shop, and I won't be able to spend all my time on it when it eventually arrives.
    If I can get the basics learned first, it won't be such a struggle for me when I get my grubby hands on it.


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