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3D Printer Garage Style – Day 2 Notes

Building a 3D printer is certainly a test of patience and will. When building a non-standard 3D printer it becomes easily apparent what kind of undertaking it may become.   The gantry that was originally built was constructed of wood using draw slides as bearings. Threaded 1/4 – 20 rod is being used as the drive mechanism.

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3D Printer Progress — Garage Style

I won’t go through the instructions on how to build a 3D printer. They can be found pretty much everywhere online. What I will do is show the progress that has been made so far with my garage printer. The first thing is this is a Wolf / Gantry style 3D printer.   I made

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Open Hack Space — New Used Equipment

Had the privilege today of acquiring a new used tool. I was able to pick up a EMCO Compact 5 Mini-Lathe and Mill. Here is what I got off of Craigslist today for $140.   You can clearly see that it is a little beat up however nothing I can’t fix. The important part to

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Lathe Cross Slide Repair

Here is a short video of a Cross Slide Repair. Fecke – KJ4ZRZ

Lathe Cross Slide Inspection

Here is short video of what to check on a lathe cross slide and way. Fecke – KJ4ZRZ  

Advanced Micrometer Reading

On the higher quality micrometers (mics) they will often be able to measure to .0001 of an Inch. Where as a regular mic can only read to .001 of an inch. Reading this style of mic takes a certain amount of finesse and experience. In this photo below you will that on the internal barrel there is

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Change Depth Mic Rod

Depth micrometers (mic) often times have the ability to measure between 0″ – 6″ as seen in this photo above I am measuring a die with the aide of a 123 Block. The mic in this case is showing a measurement of .163 which means the die itself is 1.000 – .163 = .837. The

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123 Block

  123 Blocks are the unspoken whipping boy of the machining world. They get used for a great number of things to include clamping, spacing, bolting and many other things. The reason for this is they are hardened and surface ground to the exact specification of 1″ by 2″ by 3″ which makes them very

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6 Inch Caliper

The 6 Inch Caliper is probably the first tool any young Fabricator should probably buy. It is versatile  in a number of ways,it can measure inside diameters, outside diameters and depth.       As you can see from the above demonstration it really is not that difficult to measure various surfaces. Yet, that leaves one

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Machine Gauging

When starting out as a young machinist so many years ago, I soon discovered that a tape measure simply wasn’t going to cut it. I will be demonstrating the use of various calipers, indicators, and micrometers. If your going to make something you might as well make it right.