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General Mach Discussion / Re: What is your trade?
« on: March 01, 2009, 12:16:28 AM »
heycorey,

Always thought being a meteorologist would be a good job, you could get out of bed, look out of the window, see rain or snow or sun, then just call in your findings and go back to bed! It must be a cut-throat business 'cause everybody wants that job.

just kidding...

CNC work is rewarding....and keeps you thinking.

Bill C.

I'm afraid I just don't have the curves for meteorology.  Well ... not in the right places anyways.

Since someone else posted a picture or two ... here's one of my corral.  I sold Big Red awhile back, but still have the others.




Along with getting a little mill, I'm also getting certified in duracoating in the near future and will likely be getting certified as a Colt Armorer as well.  I'm thinking my little mill will come in handy on the gunsmithing side.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: What is your trade?
« on: February 28, 2009, 12:52:45 AM »
I'm a recently laid-off metrologist; or more accurately, senior manager of a instrumentation/calibration department in a biotech company.  I've worked in this field for almost 20 years and it's treated me well.  But it's also a risky business and at the ripe old age of 47, I'm getting tired of having to keep starting over at yet another biotech (I've worked at six different companies). 

I've now got a calibration/validation business working at the same thing, but as a contractor.  But while the economy (and business) is slow, I've decided to spend some of my free time learning all about machining and cnc.  They'll come in handy for my hobbies of rebuilding cars and long-range shooting.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Engraving Text with Mach 3
« on: February 25, 2009, 10:39:53 AM »
I'm planning to convert all three axises.  While the X1 is pretty small, I think it will be a good experience (and challenge) to put everything together and get it to work.  I'm also planning to install a Proxxon IB/E on the mill.  I have an opportunity to make a little bit of money doing some engraving (for plaques) which is why was looking for info on a software solution for engraving text.  That would help pay for improvements to this mill and/or go towards the purchase of a bigger mill down the road.

-Corey

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Engraving Text with Mach 3
« on: February 25, 2009, 09:31:42 AM »
Thanks for the information!  I'll check both of those out. 

I installed a belt-drive on the X1 and then I picked up a Gecko G540.  Now comes the fun part ...  ;D


Thanks again - Corey

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General Mach Discussion / Engraving Text with Mach 3
« on: February 25, 2009, 12:35:48 AM »
Hello,

I'm new to this forum and, honestly, new to cnc in general.  I've recently acquired a Sieg X1 (I know ... it's tiny!) and intend to convert it to cnc with Mach 3 as the interface.  One thing I'd like to be able to use the X1 for is engraving text for small plaques (coated brass).  In searching this forum, I wasn't able to come up with anything that looks like a simple solution.  I've seen something related to a text wizards, but I'm not clear on how it works.  Is there a software solution that will interface with Mach 3?  I'd basically like to be able to print multiple text on small metal plates.

Thanks - Corey

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