#machining (Discord ID: 338633794896527360) in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics, page 1

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Gaius Mucius Scaevola 2017-07-29 08:12:18

I've only done manual welding so far. I haven't taken any CNC classes yet

hedlikahol 2017-07-30 20:09:40

SMAW, GMAW, GTAW welder, CNC machinist, Certified Solidworks Associate here.

hedlikahol 2017-07-30 20:11:49

Looking to make knives, if anyone is in VA I will soon have access to full manual machine shop and woodworking shop through a family member. Interested in blacksmithing and knife-making. Have many contacts at job/fab shops nationwide.

hedlikahol 2017-07-30 20:15:08

Some cufflinks I made- mild steel, GTAW. Only about a year of experience, but I am retiring from the mil next month so hoping to make this a part time job. Here to help anyway I can.


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Deleted User 2017-07-31 01:08:43

here is a knife I am working on for the lesson section

Deleted User 2017-07-31 01:09:12

I'll post what I have done so far later tonight.

hedlikahol 2017-07-31 01:22:19

Great! Looking forward to it, and thank you for sharing brother.

hedlikahol 2017-07-31 17:08:12

Do you send out for heat treatment? I really like how you pointed out how much can be done with a $20 angle grinder- extremely useful tool. Mandatory for welders and could be used for locksmithing, too.

Deleted User 2017-07-31 23:58:01

I'm going to quench harden and temper the blade myself.

Deleted User 2017-08-01 00:00:32

I'm trying to cover the basic tools a goy should have to start. if there is anything else I should cover let me know

hedlikahol 2017-08-01 01:55:49

Clamps and vices?

Deleted User 2017-08-01 17:13:50

Aerospace plant in Phoenix is shutting down, lots of CNC gear for auction. http://go.resellcnc.com/l/166542/2017-07-05/gdv6v

Lebens 2017-08-09 17:05:20

Nice saxon blade btw

Deleted User 2017-08-30 04:18:03

The quick rundown on indicating a vise is up. i"ll post somthing on edge finding soon. let me know what else you goys want to see here.

Gaius Mucius Scaevola 2017-09-01 09:06:10

@Deleted User Do you have any advice for a guy in trade school who wants to do custom fabrication someday?

Gaius Mucius Scaevola 2017-09-01 09:06:21

I know that's what I want to do, design and make things

Gaius Mucius Scaevola 2017-09-01 09:06:25

And fabrication is fun.

Deleted User 2017-09-01 17:03:25

I would say Finish school, and find a job at a shop so you can get the experience you need then get a small mill and lathe for yourself. My bosses started there business in there garage.

Deleted User 2017-09-18 23:27:18

These are great to keep in your tool box. Mine have saved me many times.

JesseJames 2017-09-23 05:03:10

I often miss machining. I went to half of a college course and started working at a machine shop setting up Cnc writing some programs and doing qc with cmm. I miss it for sure.

Serg CA 2017-11-12 07:00:13

Curious for pins whats your perfered metal to work with I like brass, copper, and steel

Deleted User 2017-11-13 14:34:30

I like softer metals for small stuff like that but 303 stainless steel would be stronger and not to much of a headache to work with

Felden - CO 2017-12-14 03:33:40

I’ve been a machinist for 7 years. It’s a great blue collar trade. Currently I’m making medical devices. If you break your leg, you may be getting one of my products.

nils 2017-12-17 00:30:19

I'm currently in technical training for manual machining and CNC and I'm loving it. Need to find a lathe to get for the basement

Goose 2018-01-29 22:54:28

hey guys i'm looking to switch up current career choices, any input regarding machining?

Goose 2018-01-29 22:57:35

@Felden - CO any advice since you've got some experience?

JesseJames 2018-01-29 23:41:04

@Goose I went to school for machining and quit after the first year for an apprenticeship position. I did Cnc setup and programming for about 3 years before I quit. I loved it and the only reason I quit was because my wife was pregnant and I was working 3rd shift with not many possibility to get 1st for a long time. I regret that decision often as I really enjoyed the work. It is very satisfying work that is not to hard and you're not stuck in a cubical every day. There are many different types of employment opportunities and different types of positions you can choose from within the field.

Felden - CO 2018-01-30 00:36:14

@Goose I’ve not done any school for my position. I did it the old fashion way of starting on super basic machines turning knobs and dials.

Felden - CO 2018-01-30 00:37:36

I know the next step in my professional development is to learn master cam and/or solid works. A lot of places want machinists that can run production and also program.

Felden - CO 2018-01-30 00:39:11

My shop hires people with zero experience. They put them on some basic stuff, like checking simple dimensions. And for me coming to this shop, I had to learn how to run these new high speed Haas machines. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos to become aquatinted with my new position.

Felden - CO 2018-01-30 00:39:50

Also, having some knowledge of advanced math does help, but it isn’t super required since we all carry super computers in our pockets (smart phones).

Goose 2018-02-02 03:13:03

Hey guys I got a weird question...
I really enjoy collecting scrap to recycle, but recently I came across 2- 4' long railroad tracks.
Rather than sell them for scrap, I've seen people turn them into anvils and was wondering if anyone knew a way to "put them on the market" for a blacksmith.

JesseJames 2018-02-02 13:54:21

I would say craigslist. Or if you have a "regular" Facebook you could find a blacksmith group or post them on Facebook marketplace.

Goose 2018-02-02 23:37:36

@JesseJames thanks man

RevStench 2018-02-02 23:40:33

Look for farriers too. @Goose

RevStench 2018-02-02 23:49:56

Rail track steel is premium steel.

John O - 2018-02-03 02:03:51

It might be hard offloading raw track steel for obvious reasons

Daniel Turch 2018-08-16 19:18:41

@here is this the place to post blacksmithing?

Deleted User 2018-08-16 20:55:14

@Daniel Turch I know a family of farriers; a father and two sons, but I don't know much about it myself

Daniel Turch 2018-08-16 21:12:19

I'm learning the trade and my fiancée is in veterinarian school for equine med, we're shooting for a family of horse people!

Daniel Turch 2018-08-16 21:13:21

Pretty much all the money in blacksmithing is in farriery

Deleted User 2018-08-16 21:17:35

She's gonna be an equine vet? That's awesome

Deleted User 2018-08-16 21:18:08

I know the farriers make good money. Just watch your ears. They're all deaf in one ear lol

Daniel Turch 2018-08-16 21:32:29

Most of the time your back will go out before your ears, most farriers end up having at least 1 back surgery

GDoctor 2018-10-08 17:55:16

I have a friend who's a CNC machinist and is trying to learn solid works. Is there anyone in here who has any experience in it and is willing to help a borther out?

John O - 2018-10-08 19:42:26
JesseJames 2018-10-09 14:13:41

I don’t have a lot of experience with solid works but I have some good resources if you want to dm me sometime.

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