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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #45 on: February 16, 2019, 03:24:05 AM »
Good input Dave. The only thing I'd add to that, when it comes to reading, is to read as much as you can on this forum. I learned early on, when I started my journey several years ago, that there is a complete machining education buried in these pages. Find build threads that use the equipment you're looking at and give therm a thorough read. That's what I did.

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #46 on: February 16, 2019, 10:20:22 AM »
Hello everyone !

I didn't want to start a rumble, I must say all your advice are helpful, I see some of them useful in the short term, and other in the long term.
I realize that a Taig is not a Schaublin 70/102 but I also realize that I'll not need that schaublin for what I want to do at least at start.

Thanks a lot to all of you really, because it helps to have a lot of advice, and thanks for your last post Dave it gives a good idea of what can be done !

In the same idea I found that channel yesterday evening while youtubing in bed: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMHn1eQLofbEeOczp7qCsBw (I don't know if working with clothe on the lathe bed is the best idea in the world...) it also gives a good idea of what sherline/taig can do and what are their limits (and also how to correct some problems !)

So now I'm convinced that Taig/Sherline is certainly what I need for a start and as all of you said it's not a loss because either i'll resell it or keep it for small work later :)

I keep this thread as a reference because you indeed find a lot of "Cazeneuve/Mori Seiki or die" on the interweb and this one can help for a beginner.
So Taig it'll be (I'll also learn how to assemble it)

Look at the book link I'll certainly get some :)

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The reason I'm interested in micro ICE is because I needed a reason to learn machining (and especially using lathe) because I have an ongoing project of different kind of motor. Initially I wanted to be able to machine a Macor block to make a tiny Ionic Thruster. But I think I'll keep doing the two now/

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #47 on: February 16, 2019, 11:21:57 AM »
Hello everyone !

I didn't want to start a rumble, I must say all your advice are helpful, I see some of them useful in the short term, and other in the long term.
I realize that a Taig is not a Schaublin 70/102 but I also realize that I'll not need that schaublin for what I want to do at least at start.

Thanks a lot to all of you really, because it helps to have a lot of advice, and thanks for your last post Dave it gives a good idea of what can be done !

In the same idea I found that channel yesterday evening while youtubing in bed: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMHn1eQLofbEeOczp7qCsBw (I don't know if working with clothe on the lathe bed is the best idea in the world...) it also gives a good idea of what sherline/taig can do and what are their limits (and also how to correct some problems !)

So now I'm convinced that Taig/Sherline is certainly what I need for a start and as all of you said it's not a loss because either i'll resell it or keep it for small work later :)

I keep this thread as a reference because you indeed find a lot of "Cazeneuve/Mori Seiki or die" on the interweb and this one can help for a beginner.
So Taig it'll be (I'll also learn how to assemble it)

Look at the book link I'll certainly get some :)

PS:
The reason I'm interested in micro ICE is because I needed a reason to learn machining (and especially using lathe) because I have an ongoing project of different kind of motor. Initially I wanted to be able to machine a Macor block to make a tiny Ionic Thruster. But I think I'll keep doing the two now/


Good!   Im just glad all this didn't turn you off.  If you need any help putting the taig together, please feel free to reach out to the team here, and we'll help with advice.

Dave
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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #48 on: February 16, 2019, 03:14:03 PM »
"Initially I wanted to be able to machine a Macor block to make a tiny Ionic Thruster." Interesting  :thinking: What sort of voltage are you thinking of using? (my day job is with Megavoltage industrial electron accelerators)
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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #49 on: February 17, 2019, 06:09:33 PM »
I found some paper with micro thruster at few hundred Volt, I'll try to work on that (few mm thruster opening).
I never worked with plasma so a lot to learn in the way, the first one being able to work on prototype to test :)

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2019, 05:36:32 PM »
Hello guys !
So finally some news I just received my Lathe and I'm making some stand for it :)
But as usual you search for something and end with something different, I got a proxxon PD250E in the end because I had a good deal for a new one
and it's "ready" out of the box :)
I also got some raw material to work on, I'll post the first test :))

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #51 on: March 10, 2019, 06:08:58 PM »
Congratulations. That looks very capable. And lots of attachments available.

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #52 on: March 10, 2019, 06:56:22 PM »
Nats, congratulations. I have a similar model, PD210, although it's 20 years old. Still in working condition, but I haven't enough room to use it at the moment.

Looking forward for your future projects.   

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #53 on: March 10, 2019, 09:31:30 PM »
Looks like a great machine, Nats!  Be sure and let us know how the first swarf goes :)   :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp:
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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #54 on: March 10, 2019, 10:54:22 PM »
Congrats Nats. New machines are always fun, and I wish you many hours/years of productive use from it.

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Re: Advice on small lathes
« Reply #55 on: March 10, 2019, 10:55:36 PM »
Congratulations!
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