Message from @Gaius Mucius Scaevola
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I've only done manual welding so far. I haven't taken any CNC classes yet
SMAW, GMAW, GTAW welder, CNC machinist, Certified Solidworks Associate here.
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.
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.
here is a knife I am working on for the lesson section
I'll post what I have done so far later tonight.
Great! Looking forward to it, and thank you for sharing brother.
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.
I'm going to quench harden and temper the blade myself.
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
Clamps and vices?
Aerospace plant in Phoenix is shutting down, lots of CNC gear for auction. http://go.resellcnc.com/l/166542/2017-07-05/gdv6v
Nice saxon blade btw
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.
@Deleted User Do you have any advice for a guy in trade school who wants to do custom fabrication someday?
I know that's what I want to do, design and make things
And fabrication is fun.
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.
These are great to keep in your tool box. Mine have saved me many times.
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.
Curious for pins whats your perfered metal to work with I like brass, copper, and steel
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
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.
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
hey guys i'm looking to switch up current career choices, any input regarding machining?
@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.
@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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I would say craigslist. Or if you have a "regular" Facebook you could find a blacksmith group or post them on Facebook marketplace.
Rail track steel is premium steel.