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New Addition To My Machine Tool Inventory

Posted 04-21-2008 at 07:35 AM by HelicopterJohn

On January 2, 2008 I received delivery on a new HAAS TM-1P 3 Axis CNC Toolroom Mill. This is my first new CNC milling machine. I also have a used Seiki XL (Bridgeport Copy) 3 Axis CNC mill that I purchased as a test to see if I had enough smarts to really comprehend all this CNC stuff at the age of 62.

I have a little workshop with numerous machine tools i.e. Bridgeport mills, Hardinge and Clausing Lathes, drill presses, cut off saws, surface grinder, air compressor, several media blast cabinets, etc.

I am retired and I currently make miscellaneous tools and accessories for the R/C Sport. It is kind of a fun thing to keep my mind occupied during my retirement.

Back to the HAAS TM-1P:

It has a 30" X travel, 12" Y travel and 16" Z travel. It has an enclosed cabinet, with programmable flood coolant, The control has the capability of rigid tapping, 6000 RPM Spindle, 10 Station Automatic Tool changer, chip conveyor, uses CAT 40 tooling, and the best option is the Renishaw Wireless Tool Setter and Wireless Probe. The Renishaw unit can automatically set the tool lenght for each tool and record it in the control for use during the running of programs. The Wireless probe that mounts in one of the CAT 40 Tool holders is able to easily determine the X,Y,Z positions for determining Work Offsets used in the machining process.

Another aspect of the CNC process is having a CAD/CAM system to draw the desired part (CAD) and then assign toolparths to the part (CAM) for actual maching of the part on the HAAS TM-1P.

I also recently purchased a CAD/CAM software package ONECNCXR2 Mill Advantage.

Learning both of these new concepts at the same time at the age of 62 is a real challenge. It is like going back to school except I am taking an elective subject which I really enjoy.

Just thought I would share this experience with my Helicopter buddies.

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  1. Old Comment
    HelicopterJohn's Avatar
    Hi TGibe,

    Check out my Website and you can see the machine in action making a few parts. Check out the 4th video on the Crankshaft Locking Tools

    Posted 09-08-2008 at 08:43 PM by HelicopterJohn HelicopterJohn is offline
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    Hi Alan,

    The ones I make slide in from the side of machine and are designed to do two things. They place the swashplate in the center of the total collective range and also place the swashplate in a position that is perpendcular to the mainshaft.
    Posted 09-08-2008 at 08:47 PM by HelicopterJohn HelicopterJohn is offline
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    Hi billbill242000,

    Thanks for your valued input.

    I have heard a lot of good feedback on the Gibbs product. The ONECNC product that I purchased has done really well for me so far. I am a novice/hobbyist machinist and haven't done any really complicated parts so far. Their documentation is very poor but they have a wonderful users website with many veteran machinists there willing and able to give me assistance in a timely manner.

    As I learn more I may decide to try a different CAD/CAM product.

    Posted 09-08-2008 at 08:54 PM by HelicopterJohn HelicopterJohn is offline
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    Looks like you are having fun John. It was great to see you at IRCHA.
    Posted 09-19-2008 at 04:59 AM by WillJames WillJames is offline

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