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Some Space in the Attic

The BLOG for “The Hobbyist Machine Shop” has lived with it own private URL (http://thmsblog.com) since conception. It always was a bit extravagant for it to have a private domain. I was young and reckless in those days and new domain registrations were cheap.

Now retired, I look for more conservative ways to do things. A blog for “The hobbyist Machine Store” should live in a sub-domain of “The Hobbyist Machine Store”. It does not need to have it own domain and I don’t need to pay the rent for that private domain. What have I been thinking?  Ha!

A dozen mouse […] Continue reading » Some Space in the Attic

Seizure Research

I thought researching something as mundane as what type of anti-seize compound would be proper for my 3D printer nozzle would be an easy task. What I found was a few standard ingredients for a variety of applications. But then a very poor (meaning non-specific) explanation of how, when, where each “blend” of materials should be selected.

What this indicates is not many makers of the anti-seize material have taken the time and effort to publish (on the internet) a substantial product selection guide. It may exist but it is just been difficult for me to discover with a  key word search.

Suffice to say, I did find enough […] Continue reading » Seizure Research

Ramblin’ On

Creative Manufacturing Art and My Personal Philosophy Best of Both

I have one outstanding way of creating wax masters for lost wax casting. I use a high-speed spindle (up to 25,000 RPM) on a Taig Micro Mill. If I can draw it properly, I can machine it in 3D.

The limitation is the 4-axis ability of this machine. That doesn’t sound like much of a limitation to most machinist. 4 axis means X, Y, Z movement with an additional rotary A axis. There is a huge amount of work that can be accomplished with 4 axis milling.

But there are some designs that can benefit from additional movement freedom. […] Continue reading » Ramblin’ On

What I Am…

Where I spent my “allowance” in the 1950’s.

Read a comment made by an old (youngish 66 year old) dude about his involvement with 3D printing. He said he is a retired engineer. The reason he loved 3D printing wasn’t from what he made. It was the complexity and constant challenge to learn and understand the technical process. The CAD; the item design; the CNC; the process; the hardware; the mental stimulation. It had to be complex and difficult or he wouldn’t be interested.

I realized I was reading my own mind. It isn’t about what I make at all. It is all about mastering the […] Continue reading » What I Am…

All Things Plastic?

Feeling rooked?

I am writing this as I think the “blush” of a new love has worn off. The love was infatuation with the process of three-dimensional printing. I truly like using the process but now only for purposes where it makes real sense. Printed plastic parts have a place in many things I like to make. That’s not going away.

I have also made a huge box full of useless plastic junk just because it was possible. Yes, it was fun. But it is still useless junk. I gave most of it to my young granddaughter as “toys” to play with. I think that qualifies me […] Continue reading » All Things Plastic?