Thread: I want one!

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    Shame I can't afford one!

    Got this link from the HSM board - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISzkt...eature=related

    6-8 weeks from first drawing to working machine is impressive, but given that's what he done for a living, it probably wasn't that hard to achieve.

    Now where to get big box sections, along with some spare time and money....

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    Amazing how DIY CNC comes alive when you stop pussy-footing about with aluminium section and round rails. Those big fat profile bearings, girt lumps of iron and state of the art software seem to help a lot.

    A true salesman, did you get the impression he was cutting beyond the machine capability to try and sell machines? That screaming noise was the motor fan? Perhaps we were not supposed to notice the great grooves left by the "hogging" tool where it dug in beyond his finishing allowance.

    I think this just goes to prove that anything is achievable if you throw enough money at it, but you have to wonder if he would have done better just to buy a big fat CNC mill :whistling:

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    Considering the column is a weldment, I'm pretty impressed by how big a cut it was taking.

    I'd be worried taking that big a cut on the big lump of iron I've got in the shed!

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    It's a brave man that stands next to that machine when the fly cutter is running. The welding didn't look too clever.

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    Wow...I want one too! Interestingly the coolant is colourless - it looks like just water. He did mention that the way covers are stainless steel so perhaps enough of the machine is stainless for water not to matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by pavlo View Post
    It's a brave man that stands next to that machine when the fly cutter is running. The welding didn't look too clever.
    Somehow I get the impression he knows what he's doing...

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    The coolant has a slight green/blue tint to it when the camera is pointed down into the enclosure from the top. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but I have seen stuff like it before, and I'd guess it's probably some kind of water based lubricant, just not the usual water soluble stuff that's more common place.

    As for the fly cutter, chances are you'd notice it bending before it done any major damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post



    Somehow I get the impression he knows what he's doing...

    Probably because the D in David is the same D that is in FaDal.
    John S -

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    Quote Originally Posted by John S View Post
    Probably because the D in David is the same D that is in FaDal.
    Ahh, yes: 'My name is David deCaussin. I am the former owner of Fadal Engineering Co'

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