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    Repair of dead card reader

    Repairing a dead card reader. Someone posted on the Facebook group last week about their card reader not working. They were close to me so I asked them to send it over so I could have a look. In all...
  2. Thanks Michael! That was the trick I was not...

    Thanks Michael! That was the trick I was not remembering. Glad to see familiar 'faces' on the forum.
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    I had to go through this recently when upgrading...

    I had to go through this recently when upgrading to Windows 10. If you change hardware inside your PC, like installing a new hard drive, network card, etc. it can cause the generated PC ID to change....
  4. BUG - Carving List not changing to match board view

    Hello everyone long time no chat! I just updated to Designer 3 and am finishing up a project I started ages ago. One thing I noticed while working with Designer is that when you switch to the board...
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    The original CW screws are M5 and the Nylocks I...

    The original CW screws are M5 and the Nylocks I sell are 10-32. When I first pulled one of the screws out of my machine I used calipers and a thread gauge to identify the screw as a 10-32, and later...
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    I did not like the idea of using Loctite that...

    I did not like the idea of using Loctite that then made it impossible to get the Z truck back off without destroying something. I found some Allen head Nylock screws that are easy to use and the...
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    QuickChange chuck to the rescue

    The other evening I was doing a deep cleaning of my wife's fancy automatic espresso maker. I turned one part upside down, forgetting it had a checkable inside, and the checkable promptly fell in the...
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    Tightening the screw down hard enough to break it...

    Tightening the screw down hard enough to break it means your going overboard. You can distort the whole chuck by doing so, that will lead to excessive run out.
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    Hey guys, I think at some point you have to stop...

    Hey guys, I think at some point you have to stop beating a dead horse. How about we give this subject a rest and move onto more productive things?
  10. I'm not sure if it has something to do with the...

    I'm not sure if it has something to do with the resolution of the image or the type of material being used to make the litho. So far every litho I have done looks better with the 1/32" bit. Take a...
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    I would not say that 'no' editing is required. A...

    I would not say that 'no' editing is required. A lot depends on the photo. Cropping the photo to just the parts you want is the first step. Then if the photo is in JPG format you need to use...
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    Here are a few screen shots of the frame design....

    Here are a few screen shots of the frame design. This was done with just Designer using the 3D tools to do the edge of the frame. The rest of the work just used the standard Designer tools.

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    More front lit litho fun

    I have been wanting to do some more front lit lithos using the bronze colored cast acrylic. Since my wife's birthday was approaching I thought I would make her a gift (but got ill and did not get it...
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    I had a strange open cover error this weekend. It...

    I had a strange open cover error this weekend. It turned out the cause was the top cover screws were loose so it was not being held down properly and the cover was slightly askew. Snugging up the...
  15. Thread: Nixie Clock

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    You just got to love nixie tubes. If your a Star...

    You just got to love nixie tubes. If your a Star Trek fan, on the original series they started off with mechanical clack type displays on the instrument panels (think of the digital clocks from the...
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    It is a common misconception that run-out is less...

    It is a common misconception that run-out is less of an issue when working with wood. About a year ago I talked a good customer of mine, that cuts mostly balsa and aircraft plywood, into buying a...
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    As I said before, the benefit comes about when...

    As I said before, the benefit comes about when manipulating patterns on the board. An 8bit pattern can produce jaggy results, on both the screen and carving, where the 16bit won't. You want to...
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    When you add a pattern to a board in Designer and...

    When you add a pattern to a board in Designer and set the depth/height etc. you are scaling the pattern in Z. With an 8 bit pattern this can lead to rounding errors that show up as jaggies. With a...
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    It has nothing to do with the age or cost of the...

    It has nothing to do with the age or cost of the PC. I almost never have a newer PC, when I do buy a new one it is not the latest and greatest one. I'm a value shopper, I try to get the most for my...
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    Board detection can fail if the head pressure is...

    Board detection can fail if the head pressure is too high or too low. Clean the four vertical guide posts and lubricate them. Clean and lubricate the jacking screws that raise/lower the head and pull...
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    When ever I get frustrated with a machine I like...

    When ever I get frustrated with a machine I like to take a break, maybe have a cup of coffee and then start from scratch. One thing I do is always assume the problem lies between my two ears. This is...
  22. The original Pattern Editor would only let you...

    The original Pattern Editor would only let you work within the size of the image or scan you imported. So if your scan had an area on one edge that you needed to touch up you were out of luck. To...
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    [QUOTE=bergerud;199277]Someone should buy one of...

    [QUOTE=bergerud;199277]Someone should buy one of those, cut it off and give it a test. There does not, however, seem to be flats on these things for the second wrench.
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    I already have...
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    [QUOTE=Jeff_Birt;199251] They will be 'super...

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    They will be 'super stubby' ER 11 collet chucks, about 1.4" long (not including closing nut) with wrench flats just above the nut closing threads. With ER11 collets you use...
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    I had contacted the manufacturer of the USA made...

    I had contacted the manufacturer of the USA made ER11 stubby collet chucks again a few weeks ago to find out about getting some made up to fit the CarveTight (or 1/2" Rock) chuck. Their design guy...
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