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Old 09-12-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Check this vid out. It's of an engine block being milled, rather than cast (most all engines are made from cast aluminum or steel.) Milling's much more expensive. This is done on a computer-controlled Matsuura mill. I love watching this stuff.


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Old 09-12-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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Holy SHITE! Someone spent *alot* of hours modelling that then designing the tool path. 1000's of hours.... wow

I've done some simple CNC work at school with the CNC lathes. It took us quite a few hours just to make a program to cut a miniature stanley cup.
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Right?! What kind of mill do you guys use? I've been wanting to get some type of fixture to 'convert' my Dremel into a mill.
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I think turning a dremel into a mill is pretty much a fruitless endeavor unless all you want to do is engraving or something. Maybe cutting vey light plastics.
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I think turning a dremel into a mill is pretty much a fruitless endeavor unless all you want to do is engraving or something. Maybe cutting vey light plastics.
i've cut some metal with my dremel it took alot of cutting discs...but...it worked
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Pity, what type of metal did you cut, and what was it used for?

IW, uses for a lathe don't come up very often for me. Of the metal-working that I do, it's really small-scale stuff, and I'd be taking narrow bites out of the material per pass. And, I've got plans to make a reduction jackshaft gearbox to increase power to the bit. But, that'd be even further after making a dremel-holding mill!
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