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Cheap one off engineering work

Post by Burtle » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:29 pm

Not sure how it happend, but I've just bought a Bridgeport Milling machine with DRO and motorized beds.

It cost me £400 so I would like it to earn it's keep and pay for it's self. Need anything making?

Basically it's one of these, stands about 8' tall and weighs about 1.5 tonne.

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Re: Cheap one off engineering work

Post by Gemini Bob » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:04 pm

Nice, what can you make with it NAth?


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Re: Cheap one off engineering work

Post by Gelcoat » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:27 pm

Bloody hell ,beast of a machine Nath, Ill await for your offerring of special parts :mrgreen:
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Post by Burtle » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:16 pm

GEMINI BOB wrote:Nice, what can you make with it NAth?
Well, adaptor and spacer plates for: engine to gearboxs, Propshafts, wheels, you name it really. Also one off's for what ever you need, even just normal drilling can be done on it, but very accurately using the digital read out (DRO). The DRO can be set to give you XY cordinates from point to point so you know your milling in the correct place. I also have a rotary table for it so you can machine curves, cut holes on a radius, what ever really.


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Post by philhoward » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:21 pm

I might be sending you a little list over the coming months, Nath...i'm assuming you've got a supplier of steel/Aluminium plate? Are MDF/plywood templates acceptable, or would you want an engineering drawing (on the back of a cigarette packet, naturally)? Is it a "posh" one with the RS232 hookup to a CAD system?


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Post by Burtle » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:31 pm

No RS232 hook up I'm afraid, this one is manual, but digitally monitored, I have a steel and aluminium stock supplier if you know the grade you require I can get it, alternatively tell me what it's for and I'll grade it accordingly.

MDF templates are fine, but drawings are cheaper to send / email.

I need to order a variable frequency drive (VFD) to convert single phase to three phase to run it and a full set of R8 collets. Now if anyone out there can supply me with either I'll be very interested.


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Re: Cheap one off engineering work

Post by scimjim » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:32 pm

Gillsfan uses this kind of kit at work - he's just looking at making a couple of stainless SS1 fuse box base plates for us. There's a limit to the number he can make though, perhaps we'll get the details over to you for the next batch? :D


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Post by philhoward » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:34 pm

What power of inverter do you need, Nath? Might be able to "find" one...


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Post by Burtle » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:45 pm

philhoward wrote:What power of inverter do you need, Nath? Might be able to "find" one...

I've been looking at 3kw (4hp) rated ones on ebay, new with postage from china for around £180. I'll be very interested Phil if you can source one for me.

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Post by Burtle » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:51 pm

scimjim wrote:Gillsfan uses this kind of kit at work - he's just looking at making a couple of stainless SS1 fuse box base plates for us. There's a limit to the number he can make though, perhaps we'll get the details over to you for the next batch? :D

Yeh, not a problem at all, a "softer" grade of stainless would be better as it would machine far easier and give a nicer finish. I'd be tempted to make a trial one out of aluminium first. I'll need to rig up a motor buffing wheel at this rate.


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Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:28 am

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Re: Cheap one off engineering work

Post by hylton1806 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:32 pm

Hi,
may be worth looking at www.bedetools.com and giving them a ring can be very helpfull
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Re: Cheap one off engineering work

Post by Gillsfan » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:24 pm

Just to avoid any duplication I am making some ss1 fuse box brackets. The miller we use at work is cnc so once I've written the program it's just a matter of putting some metal on and letting it run. I'm on to mark 3 just fine tuning the hole positions, some real work has come up so hopefully later this week or early next one will be available of trail fit to one of jims fleet.


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Post by Burtle » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:50 pm

Gillsfan wrote:Just to avoid any duplication I am making some ss1 fuse box brackets. The miller we use at work is cnc so once I've written the program it's just a matter of putting some metal on and letting it run. I'm on to mark 3 just fine tuning the hole positions, some real work has come up so hopefully later this week or early next one will be available of trail fit to one of jims fleet.
My machine is manual, with powered bed's so your already ahead of me, though for £400 I still think it's very good value, especially with the digital read outs. I've never had chance to play with a CNC machine, we've got 8 where I work but there always in full-time use so no chance to learn on them. What I've bought I've used many times so I'm ready to run once it's set-up.

We'll have to check with each other at each noggin what the following months milling plans are and see if we are about to duplicate. :D

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Re: Cheap one off engineering work

Post by scimjim » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:58 pm

Burtle wrote: We'll have to check with each other at each noggin what the following months milling plans are and see if we are about to duplicate. :D
Blimey - when was the last time both of you made the noggin together?

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