zodiaceng Vices back in after the wheel mods. This vice stop from Edge Tech arrived today just in time. Always been a fan of their stuff so it's good to finally throw some in the mill. Anyone else have any of their tools? 2w
  •   bmp1785 Funny, first shift still manages to cut the stops frequently 2w
  •   darron_turner Got the same vise stop. 2w
  •   sscadcam Got my first a few months back, will def be getting more of them 2w
  •   carvesmart Once you get your new IJS jaws you may find the Edge Tech items will be less useful. A carved stop is perfect to the spindle and your parallel can be integrated. Just thinking. 2w
  •   toxicfab @zodiaceng love edgetechnology 2w
  •   mrjimdo Sexy! 2w
  •   kalpay Have all kinds of their stuff! Nice pickup. 2w

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zodiaceng Set of Method Race Wheels in for a little TLC. 2" boring head in the Fadal, a few clamps and off we go. 2w
  •   oilmanmark Uh oh! Look who's doing rims! 2w
  •   kleinschuster @zodiaceng just opening the center bore? Wondering why the customer didn't ask us to do it unless you're cheaper haha 2w
  •   zodiaceng @kleinschuster yeah just the center bore. Not sure how much you guys charge but he's a local guy. Current customer of mine for other hard goods. Love these things! Makes me want a set for my C10. 2w
  •   kleinschuster @zodiaceng cool we have a $40 drill fee for any custom center boring or lug drilling. Let me know what exactly you're looking can probably work out a deal for you 2w
  •   zodiaceng @kleinschuster good to know my pricing is on point. Thanks man! I appreciate that. I'm not currently needing any but I dig what you guys have so who knows. 2w
  •   multitaskertools Can you reply to your emails please? 2w
  •   meliton.villamor I need a car wash @zodiaceng :) 1w
  •   proart_lab nice!!! 1w

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zodiaceng BMX is what originally got me into this trade so it's always good when some comes thru the shop. Head over to @relicbmx to check out some of our recent work. Have quite a few sprockets coming thru right now and a batch of stems that's been long long awaited. Anyone still ride? 2w
  •   davidmpoe @crimsonbike so true! I don't think I could ever just stop riding. My bike means a ton to me. 2w
  •   phillipranalli So amazing Kenny!! I definitely need one! So dope how you are into traditional bmx and made the stem look amazing "upside down" 2w
  •   michaeltwinter One of the first parts I designed in autocad like 10 years ago was a stem. It looked a lot like this 2w
  •   maverickworkshop @zodiaceng Cool. I've made a bunch of stems over the years... Haro, S&M Redneck, Trick Topz, & more. I'll post pics at some point. 2w
  •   bitterseth Looks amazing. I know you were one of the first to counterbore stems, does this not have that in order for it to be run flipped? 2w
  •   zodiaceng @maverickworkshop would love to see that! 2w
  •   zodiaceng @bitterseth the detail was omitted in order to be compatible with all brands of fork compression screws. They vary way too much in diameter and height for this to be a detail that comes stock, in my opinion. I feel it's best left as a custom job in order to get the best fit with any variation. That and the customer didn't request it 😬 2w
  •   bradridesbikes Any progress on the @t1stagram cyclops? 2w

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zodiaceng Quick work with @adskfusion360 on these 6061 aluminum clamps for Incase Design Corp. Anyone still working tonight? 2w
  •   michaeltwinter Sick! These for some sort of camera rail mount? 2w
  •   kalpay I'm home now, but in front of the laptop catching up on programming. Keep up the great work and sweet job learning HSM so quickly. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @kalpay thanks man! These are super simple parts but been a fun learning process with the software. 2w
  •   kalpay @zodiaceng so like Surfcam, do you create multiple layers for your different operations? 2w
  •   zodiaceng @kalpay with F360 on this part I have one model, and two "setups" in the software (counterbore/slot was in the manual mill). Each setup is a different orientation of your work offset and stock size so instead of having a bunch of layers with copies of your part rotated and additional geometry added everywhere, all your toolpaths are generated off the single model. The setups work around the model rather than your part having to be copied and rotated in different layers like with Surfcam. I'll take some screenshots for ya. 2w
  •   americanmachine It's 2:19AM and I just locked the doors. 2w
  •   worksarmament You better believe it! Midnight oil is the only thing I've got to burn! 2w
  •   seanmiksys @zodiaceng oh yea. It's ready for him 2w

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zodiaceng Anyone have any use for some #22 Hardinge collets? Looking to trade for some inspection tools ideally. Open to offers, trades, etc. 3w

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zodiaceng I've had a @knifeandflag apron since they first came on IG a couple years back. Their standard black split leg version. Awesome build, perfect pockets, length covers most my legs but while being perfect for manual machining and grinding it would soak a bit of coolant when setting up and cleaning the Fadal. So when they released the non-porous version I jumped on it. I really dig the completely sewn straps on this version and the addition to a waist strap has been a huge advantage. Stays tight against me, keeps coolant from soaking thru and is just low enough to cover my legs from the front of the mill when leaning in without being too long. Absolutely love this thing! Have had it for a few weeks now, for $70 I highly recommend it, without a doubt the best apron I've ever used. 🏻 3w

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zodiaceng Time to shake things up a bit! 3w

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zodiaceng Roughly fifteen years ago I walked into my first "drafting" class and sat at one of the drafting tables. The table was surrounded by computers and a teacher looking at me as if I was crazy. Quickly realized it wasn't an actual pencil and paper drafting class, but a CAD class teaching AutoCAD by Autodesk. Picked it up pretty quick so the teacher allowed me to work on some of my own designs which led to my machining classes, then a job at an aerospace shop where I learned the majority of my trade. Fast forward to earlier this year I'm back on Autodesk software and couldn't be happier! Ditched my old CAD/CAM software entirely and running Fusion 360 Ultimate for everything now. Thanks to @yetiman01 for the help along the way and @autodesk for making a great product at an unbeatable price. Looking forward to sharing some work being done with it both on the comp and in the mill. 3w
  •   pmthonolulu @zodiaceng have you tried #Onshape ? I was thinking that was the way but now will re investigate Fusion.... 2w
  •   zodiaceng @pmthonolulu I haven't. Originally learned AutoCAD and MasterCAM about fifteen years ago. Roughly ten years ago I picked up PartMaker for all the Swiss lathe work I was doing at my old shop. We ran PM and MC there for everything. Bout six years ago I left there and the new shop was on Catia and SurfCAM. During that time I started using Solidworks for my own stuff and continued with SC. Six months or so ago I got a seat of Fusion 360 Ultimate and have slowly moved entirely to that. I've been happier with Fusion over everything I've used in the past so far. The CAM side especially seems to be what everyone else is trying to copy. 2w
  •   harrelsontrumpets Any Inventor Pro + HSMworks users on this thread? My CAD CAM system is outdated so this is the route I'm taking next month. At $4k/year for rental software with 4/5-axis included, I'm putting Solidworks and Solidcam on the shelf. 2w
  •   zodiaceng @harrelsontrumpets any reason you want to go Inventor/HSM over just straight Fusion 360? 2w
  •   harrelsontrumpets Inventor is considerably more powerful in many ways and it includes the full pro version of hsmworks with full lathe with live tooling plus 4 and 5 axis machining. I am also using Fusion 360 for some organic features much like I've used Rhino for the past 12 years. 2w
  •   kalpay @harrelsontrumpets Inventor Pro 2016 is the shit. I've picked it up quick and am very impressed. 1w
  •   cretin_t Trying to take this same path. Love seeing your work man. Keep it up. 4d

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zodiaceng Dialing in the internal details of the Genesis flipper I started posting a few weeks back. The more I work with PB the more I prefer it over ball bearings. Takes a little longer to really dial them in but once there they feel smoother than ball bearings and build a much more solid assembly overall. What's your preference and why? 4w

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zodiaceng I've gotten a lot of emails and comments about these bike tools that @paulalfaro made since we last posted them. If you're still looking for one he has one available right now on here. Head over to his page for more info. 2mon

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Huge thanks to @kennametal today for the pizza! There are a few things here at the shop I couldn't live without, pizza being one and great tools being the other. I don't do a huge amount of turning here lately, but nearly every part I make on the lathes are turned with Kennametal inserts. Be sure to give them a follow on here. Thanks for everything! 2mon

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zodiaceng Skipping some of the proprietary milling steps, but these are done in three ops. 10" hollows are completely milled. Once milling is complete they go straight in the oven for heat treating. No additional hand work has been done to the hollows on these. Photo shows blades post heat, cryo and temper cycles. Zero distortion and very little discoloration, not bad for an EvenHeat. Next step is surface grinding to final thickness which will also remove the blend lines around the hollows and flipper tab. 2mon

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zodiaceng Now that the blades are finished, let's go over some of the steps. Starting off with 3/16" CPM154 from @trugritinc we rough surface ground down to .210" leaving .005" over final size each side. 2mon
  •   buildradstuff Ah! I understand now. Thank you. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @buildradstuff no problem. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @kingbob13 its a typical surface grinder with a 2x72" belt conversion. Contact wheel on the spindle and a tracking/tension wheel above. Hogs like hell with the right belts and finishes just as good as wheels with the right finish belts. I have a dedicated surface grinder with wheels still but I use the belt grinder the most. 2mon
  •   permandesinc Is the contact wheel pretty true though on a set up like this? 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @permandesinc I true it up every so often especially after a lot of hogging. Just throw a lathe turning tool on the magnet and turn the wheel down until it completely cleans up. 2mon
  •   permandesinc Suweeeet 2mon
  •   veco_technologies Hey @zodiaceng I'm located in fresno ca. 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @veco_technologies nice! Dig your work man. Thanks for sharing! 2mon

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zodiaceng Light Scotch-Brite and she's ready for the flip. Keeping all the feedlines on these wherever possible. 2mon
  •   thecoachbuilder Damn 2mon
  •   taclites Looks great nice work. I love making knives more than anything 2mon
  •   jerjr14 @zodiaceng thanks! They look really nice, I want to see the final product and when are they going on sale. 2mon
  •   lukesiegel302 @newyorkstoneware like this 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @taclites same here! It's been so much fun. Still my first year of knife making. Really want to explore more lights. Made some flashlights a few years back that were a ton of fun but really want to do something new. 2mon
  •   bmp1785 How are these coming along? 2w
  •   zodiaceng @bmp1785 real well actually. Should have an update this weekend. 2w
  •   bmp1785 Hopefully I can afford one 2w

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zodiaceng External details finished. Next op, internal details. What's your preference on lock bar reliefs, inside the frames or outside? 2mon
  •   atrokz What you dont 'hand' make these? 3w
  •   zodiaceng @atrokz with my bare hands! 3w
  •   atrokz You better be turning that drill bit and grinder by hand!! 3w
  •   zodiaceng @atrokz and heat treating by rubbing sticks together 3w
  •   atrokz I just use all the hot air that comes from some peoples mouths! 😈 3w
  •   atrokz Shoot me a email or msg. Have a toolmaker friend whos visiting LA and he wanted to meet you and see your shop. 3w
  •   john_spartan_81 Ohhh man!!! 3w

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng May not look like much yet but finally had a chance to squeeze these 6Al/4V frames in over the weekend. Figure I start the photos at the very beginning even though they are finished. I'll post a WIP on these since it's something I can actually show for once around here. Hope everyone has been well! 2mon

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2mon zodiaceng
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zodiaceng Double station vices are the best thing to happen to the Fadal. Working primarily on small parts here the capacity has been doubled, which will save huge amounts of time on tool changes as well as allowing more operations to be setup at a time. While these vices may seem like overkill for my little mill, they are the exact thing I've needed to maximize what little space I have in here. Glad to have number two paired up! Eric keeps improving on these vices and I'm proud to watch Orange Vice grow! 2mon
  •   makinmorestuff Nice setup. I've had the Orange vice bug for a while but not the cash to do it. I would have to buy two to make it worth while and I've been busy buying other tools instead. Orange is a good vice to have. 2mon
  •   taclites I need a new vise and I was considering and orange over a Kurt. How does 1 live without that Haimer a must once you have used 1? 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @taclites Orange & Haimer are a great pair! Just be sure to get a couple extra tips for the Haimer. Trust me 2mon
  •   multitaskertools Can you answer your email please? 2mon
  •   memachine_co Definitely wAnting to get these vices 2mon
  •   finncustomknives $$$$ so sick 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @memachine_co @finncustomknives get some! Without question the best vices available. 2mon

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zodiaceng I love this place. I spend more time here than at home so figure may as well make it feel like home. Spent most of last night dialing things in, inspired by @firehouse_fabrication recent post. 2mon

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zodiaceng When I bought my Fadal, the previous owner threw in two 6" Kurt vices. They were beat to hell, holes and tool paths in the sliding jaws and all four hard jaws were different thicknesses and heights. I've since upgraded to @orangeviseofficial and put the Kurts aside, but want to get these things in shape and pay it forward. First up, surface grinding all four hard jaws to a matched set. 3mon
  •   zodiaceng @philipmonday absolutely! Trying to rid my shop of as much cheap import stuff as possible, especially stuff where the "mfg" lies about origin. 2mon
  •   philipmonday I hear that. @zodiaceng I'm lucky to be in a small job shop and everything is all USA made and everything we buy is US also. Just like Starrett. My calipers were China. I gave them away for that reason. Never used once. 2mon
  •   burgessmotorsports @zodiaceng I am going to have to come by one of these days you got lots of cool toys to drool over 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @burgessmotorsports anytime! 2mon
  •   adam_4130 I need a newer vice for my bridgeport. I have an old Rutland vice from way back. 2mon
  •   atrokz How you liking that belt set up? Only ever used wet and dry surface grinders 2mon
  •   zodiaceng @atrokz I love it! I have two SG's. This one on 2x72 belts and one still on wheels. I keep the one on wheels for stuff like necking down endmills mainly. Building a fixture for grinding lock faces for folders. Belt conversion is dialed, can hog ten thou easily and keep heat down with the right belts. Use it for surfacing all my blades. Works especially good when the stock is way oversize. Nearly as fast as milling it down then finish grinding. 2mon
  •   bmp1785 Any finished pics? 2mon

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zodiaceng Slash Squad, from a couple weeks back with @paulalfaro. @whatever_louie you gotta join next time. Anyone else into RC? 3mon

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