Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tip of the Week • Be sure to organize your tools by function!

There is a huge difference between a tool designed for cutting wood and one designed for cutting aluminum. Lay them side by side in a drawer and that difference becomes nearly indistinguishable rendering each tool virtually useless.

Making a tool organizer is a fast, easy CNC project.
We did this at Techno!

Start with a block of wood and simply bore a series of holes in the top for your tools to drop into. If you want to engrave tool names into the surface, mill the top of the block first to ensure the engrave depth is uniform.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tip of the Week • Did you know that you should change your collets every six months?

Collets are manufactured from spring steel, therefore the constant use gradually changes the collets dimensions. This change then affects the accuracy of the collet which can affect the cut quality and tool grip.

If the tool is not perfectly balanced in the spindle, it will wobble (This wobble is called run-out.) and apply uneven forces to the spindle bearings which can cause premature spindle failure. Collet life can be extended by cleaning the collet and tool after each use.

Fun Fact – Keep yourself and your kids safe when carving pumpkins. Use a sheetrock knife with a serrated blade, which is safer than a kitchen knife. This will give you the best control – and remember to wear safety goggles, too!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tip of the Week • When Z zero is on top of the material, are slight variances in material thickness causing irregular depth cuts?

In your CAM package, set Z zero to the bottom of the material and on your machine set Z zero on the spoiler board.

Now your depth cut will always go to the bottom of the material.