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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    LOL. My favourite I've seen was at an exhibition where they had one chipping a gold ball into a hole. It did it every time. ABB do a program called robot studio where you can link robots to get them to do that sort of thing more easily but I'm not that into it. I can do a program that moves to a position, picks something up, puts it down elsewhere and that's about it.
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    Free Solidworks licence for 'makers'

    That's handy! Only works for a year though, hopefully they continue it.
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    It's breaking me that I'm worried about.
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    Well the difference is I don't have to pay for this as it's work The concept will be something similar to this but customised to what we need to make
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    My new 'CNC' project arrived today for work. It's a 2013 robot, it can lift 130kg at it's full reach of 3.2m so could probably do an engine change . It's retired from a BMW standby production line so has less than 5,000 hours, the company we buy off buy in bulk and refurbish. You can buy just the bare robot or they will build a full production cell or anywhere inbetween. I got them to add a 7th axis as a turntable and if I can get the better of it it will use a variety of tools to shape foam. I have a piece of CAM software which will write the paths as native language, then run it through a post processor to add the extra bits, then load onto the robot... hopefully
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    Meh it'd be fine, just get some noise cancelling headphones and you won't even know it's there. I have learn't that women don't like masses of swarf trodden into the carpet.
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    I think the tools last longer because your moving more mm per cut. However I find I can never hit the theoretical speeds without problems like snapping cutters or breaking tips. I think it's because my machine isn't rigid enough for it so I end up with uneven loading etc but I'm no expert at it.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    In my experience most people who have a new vehicle take it back to the dealer for servicing, makes warranty claims easier and there is a perceived quality because of the flashy showroom and high price. My experience of a lot of the dealers across all makes I've owned is that they are swollen organisations with poor communication even between people in the same building, their customer service attitude tends to be to deflect the problem and convince the customer that it's because they're dumb and not mechanics rather than actually looking to investigate a fault. They train and employ parts fitters and will only do what the computer tells them and will not actually look for a fault because they only have one tech trained highly enough to do it who, even if he had the time to work on cars, neither they nor the customer would be willing to stand the exorbitant hourly rate they charge. Many are company cars or lease vehicles and the dealers well know that the lease companies are looking for minimum bills and don't care who long the car will last after they've sent it to auction. An example is VW who have a long and short service plan, if it's a private buyer the service interval might be set at 10,000 miles, if it's a company it might be set at 25,000 miles - for the same vehicle?! However the car usually survives the up to 5 years that that owner has it. The second owner takes it where ever is cheapest, doesn't research when things like the cambelt are due as they assume if they ask a back street garage that sees dozens of different makes to service it they will just know what needs doing. They don't realise that if you ask a back street garage to service it they will change the oil and filters, kick the brakes and give it back. These garages can be really good or really poor. I know one that won't take a shield off the bottom of an engine, they drill holes to get at what they need to, wipe spark plugs to make them look new etc etc and another that has fixed things for me that a main dealer couldn't. After a few years start getting a few problems that need money throwing at it so they just chop it in and slag it off to anyone that will listen. I've had a lot of fiats in the past which were always cheap cars compared to the competition, this tends to be the fault with them, people buy them because they're cheap, won't spend money on them because they're cheap and slag them off when they go wrong. I think another good example is air suspension, how many people say the pump burn't out so I put another one on and that burn't out so I converted it to coils. But never look for leaks etc The next owner tends to go one of two ways, they're either a bodger who buys it cheap, runs it into the ground or does home fixes with wood screws and tinfoil or they're an enthusiast who takes the time to understand it and maintain it above and beyond. I think this is where the land rovers have done well in the past as they have a huge following of enthusiasts who enjoy looking after them. Their current range are to help their margins on selling new vehicles which you can't blame them for as that's kind of important to them, but the question will be can the enthusiasts get what they want out of the current vehicle range and keep up with the technology requirements to keep them going? I read the land rover manual for the EFI on my old range rover and I understood what it did and why it did it so I was able to diagnose faults. I had to call VW assist to my Amarok a few weeks ago. It had gone into limp home mode. Basically when the soot in the DPF gets to a certain level it's supposed to go a regen, for which you have to have over 20l of fuel, the engine has to be upto a certain temperature and you have to drive over a certain speed for a certain amount of time. If these conditions haven't been met and the level of soot gets to a second trigger point it comes up with a warning on the dash telling you to go for a drive that does meet those conditions. However there is a fault in the software where that second warning doesn't always come on, then it goes to limp home and VW have to do it manually. VW (and probably the third party that write the code) know about the issue but haven't been able to find the fault and fix it yet. If they can't do it what hope would I have in 10 years time? I think when it comes to Jeep you have to give them a certain amount of credit. They make for their home market which is huge, and if you include south America enormous! OK Fiat / Chrysler are trading off the brand reputation with some of the softer models but what's different with America over the UK is that a lot of those vehicles will go off road regularly. Even if that's just unmade roads it's still a lot of vibration and dust that most Land Rovers will never see in their life. Well, apart from the potholes. That was my lunch break wasted...
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    So what did you get

    The bill. And the tax man took most of my end of year bonus so I can't even have fun with that.
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    My cnc converted mill has a steel tub around it with a polycarbonate front for access. It catches most of the chips and if you fit coolant that as well. Plus it makes a Taiwanese mill look much more serious! With a mill that size maybe you could put it in a large plastic box or something? I run mach3 because everyone runs mach3 and I've learnt it's much easier to follow a trodden path unless you have the energy to go to anorak levels of understanding. Its been fun and I've learnt a lot. I got the hang of aluminium so have moved onto steel. Im using some tool steel backplates to try mill loco wheels. The poor hobby mill really isn't happy and I'm on a whole new learning curve. I'd like to cnc convert the lathe sometime too.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Sounds about right, he was told September if he wanted the high spec but he wanted the low spec with the steel wheels so was able to get one. It was the same when I got my Amarok, I ordered it in the November and was the 7th in the queue at that dealer and didn't get it until the May. The production line takes a while to get up to speed then does a batch of right hand drive in various colours and specs, then they commissioned the line and did a batch of right hand drive in various specs and colours, and of course these were shared between UK, Australia, Thailand etc. I guess someone has looked at how many each country take as a proportion and allocate the production line accordingly. I honestly wouldn't know what proportion of Defenders were sold in the UK vs the rest of the world.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    My boss ordered a new jimny yesterday, getting it first quarter next year. I'm excited and it's not even my car The dealer has an allocation of 6 between now and September and he was number 5. I think the new defender could go the same way at the outset just for the newness and hype. Some fun details in this article https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/2020-land-rover-defender-everything-202800775.html
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    Driving lights late 2018 update please....

    I find LED is brighter but is more focused, it doesn't seem to have the spread of a filament lamp. Although I did once compare my Chinese LEDs with some genuine laser lamps and they were a world apart so perhaps there is a quality issue there.

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