Worked on these yesterday at work and was amazed the detail that appeared after wiping the piece down with a Lysol wipe! Keep some handy for sure if you are etching powder coat. Also, every powder is really different, most powder coat I have been using takes a 30% speed and 60% power while this took two passes at 20% speed and 100% power to get through the powder. Give yourself some test pieces to play with settings on!
Didn’t you just get a kid too? That’s a lot of high-maintenance things at the same time! Splitting the love between the GF, lathe and mill really isn’t going to leave a lot of time for the kid… (although knowing your skills, your kid probably already can operate a 5-axis mil… )
Yeah, so I’m working as a designer at a metal fab shop and we have a 10,000 watt laser that runs pretty much 24 hours a day but once a week or so a project comes up that I get to run on the small laser. The big laser is pretty awesome to watch cut through 1/2" plate.
What brand of 10kw laser? I used to run a 4.4kw Bystronic, and a 2.5kw Mitsubishi. The Bystronic was my favorite for its speed and adaptability, and capacitive inductance height sensing, but the clunky Mitsubishi had its’ uses, mainly for cutting non-metallic items with its mechanical height sensing spoon, and the fact it had 12" of working height.
Bwahaha! The lathe and mill were my partner’s birthday present from me. He’s using them to build robot parts and the prototypes for the total ankle replacement implant he’s designing. I wish I had some time to goof around on it, but I usually get about four total hours out of 24 when I’m not babyhandling. I’m typing this with my right hand, in fact, while Baby Isaac gnaws on my left.
I know they’re Sherlines, but I can’t remember the model. My partner bought the same lathe for his previous business (a company that designed and manufactured prosthetic feet) and really liked it. It went with the assets when the business went pear-shaped, and these were replacements. I’ll ask him later about the model.
They only have a couple of basic models, all with the same spindle motor. Sherlines are good products and what I started with 20 some years ago. One of the things that attracted me to them was that virtually all the parts are available, usually pretty inexpensively, so newbies like I was then could afford to learn without worrying too much about repairs in the event of a crash.
It is pretty easy to retrofit them to CNC if you didn’t buy them so equipped and later decide that you want the capability.