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Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:38 pm
by GeneMpls
Need more tools- Pictures and part numbers please. Thanks Gene

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:45 pm
by Adrian
What happens if you lose air pressure though?

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:04 pm
by LittleGreyMan
Need More Tools wrote:I have been reading about people using double sided tape. That to me just sounds a bit dangerous.
Double sided tape is actually a very handy and reliable solution. But it is not universal and requires some caution.

We use it to machine industrial parts, with very few glitches. These glitches have a minor cost, compared to the ease of use.

You need to use extra strong hold tape, and carefully test it. Not all tapes give a good result, and not on all materials.

Heat is your enemy. When temperature is high, adhesive melts, and your part is no more correctly held. It means you generally cannot use it for aluminum, as cutting it produces heat.

We use it for a majority of our PU board machining on melamine spoil board. For large parts, we also use vacuum on a large machine, and in particular cases, mechanical hold.

The trick is to put a heavy load for a few minutes on your raw material in order to compress the tape and increase adherence.


Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:43 pm
by Leo
We use double sided tape to hold aluminum parts down on large industrial grinders.

I have used it many times in my shop to hold down wood parts.

It does have its place.

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:18 pm
by scottp55
Fairly essential daily use here(boy will I be glad to lose it for a vacuum jig sometime soon though:)
Discovered yesterday though how much even 15F 30%humidity increase affects the residue sticking to wood fibers.
Solution was to coat the black wood with 3 coats GF Woodturners Finish(water based PU....have been using lacquer which was better than shellac), good clean release.
Solution for .19" stock was to sand backside of wood to 600G instead of 320G like at 50-70F...still plenty of hold down, but residue came off clean:)
Ace Hardware 1.88"(NOT 2" stuff which is HORRIBLE to get paper off!!) heavy-duty indoor-outdoor Fiberglass reinforced is the best out of 6 I tried.
Yep, J roller,removing dust from wood, and whacking stock with a deadblow/spacer is pretty ESSENTIAL!

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:21 pm
by LittleGreyMan
Leo wrote:We use double sided tape to hold aluminum parts down on large industrial grinders.
Sorry if there's a double post, I don't see my answer.

You're right Leo. 3M manufactures a high end product, with a very precise thickness, which can be used for mechanical use, especially grinding.

Maybe it's cheaper in the USA, but even for our professional use, we don't use it here as it is way too expensive, and we do not require such thickness precision.


Posted: Thu May 02, 2019 2:22 am
by skieva
Bagzzz wrote:I agree, I slow my cuts down alittle and the cnc does as you say "hum" along with no errors. I too used to watch the machine incase of screw ups.
I now know I can walk away and be more productive doing something else while the cnc routs alittle slower than full boar.

At my stage I am mesmerized by the action and can't stop watching!!!! I guess I will over this stage....

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 11:41 am
by CharliesWoodStuff
I set my speed to 80IPM for the most part. I do worry about the speed being too slow and the chip load being wrong. I just can’t get me head wrapped around chip load and I’m probably dulling my bits before their time...

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 1:37 am
by scottp55
Nothing wrong with your feed IF getting the cut quality you need AND the bit is room temp(or Slightly warmer) at the end of the cut.
BUT ignoring the Chip Charts, and starting slow and shallow, and watching cut quality and bit temp and getting even Small chips(look CLOSE and make sure it's not saw dust)
is where you want to start. Chip Charts aren't really as important for 80% of our machines, as they're just not rigid enough.

FEEL the machine when it's cutting at different feeds and RPM's doing Air Cuts(or even just driving it around)! IF you have vibration at certain speeds and RPM's ...avoid them.
Vibration DOES transfer to the cut.

THEN try cutting materials...It REALLY doesn't take long to find a low feed/low rpm cut with shallow passes and inspecting cut quality to get a FEEL for the Sweet Spot for YOUR machine!
THEN you can increase feed/speed proportionally Together, to find the bit and materials Sweet Spot. I like using Sugar Maple for testing as it's mid range for my work for hardness.

Depth of pass can usually be done with a Fluting test cut and inspecting cut....maybe start all cuts at 1/2Diameter of the bit passes? Pretty much won't break a bit and then increase.
When cut quality gets know you've gone to far trying to max everything out....Back off about 10%, and you'll be close to Sweet Spot.

DON'T forget that almost ALL cut quality for finished product, WILL be improved by a very small Finish pass so toolpath accordingly.

If you're doing cabinet sheets or foam...I apologize for my Hardwood thoughts :oops:
For Sugar Maple test cuts with a never used bit, I find (IPS) 1-1.5(XYFeed), .5(Plunge rate), and about 15-16K at 1/2 Diameter of bit is a good starting point...THEN move up or down.
HOT/SCREAMING bits increase feed/lower RPM.....LOUSY edge quality and tear out....reduse feed or increase RPM.

Can't stress enough how important it is to find the Smooth Spots on your machine cutting Nothing! IF it's a vibration air cut...really doesn't get better if going for top quality cuts.

THIS is not as good as it once was for Newbies...BUT found it VERY useful!! ... speeds.htm
I Tweak All my bits before I use on an actual one-of project in Maple....then go at it conservatively.

Every body, every machine, every bit, every material is different.
Find your Sweet Spot:)

HOPE I didn't confuse the Heck out of you.

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 5:25 pm
by armbrusterco
Great post, Scott. Great advice. I could not agree more.

When I was starting, it took me a while to learn that what you describe is the best way to get great results on our machines.



Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:27 pm
by tvannaman2000
I've found that clamps and screws work the best and I can't remember a time in 2 years that they have failed other than me not making it tight enough. Tape on the other hand fails me quite often and I stopped using it... until I discovered using painters tape with CA glue in-between. That stuff works pretty good but I'd only use it occassionallly.


Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:59 pm
by timon
Painter tape and hot glue works well I have never had anything come loose.
Tape on the edges and tape on the bed then glue around :P I don't run a high speed machine but never aproblem

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:35 am
by Spindle
I am new at this, but one thing I found that caused depth problems across even a small piece of wood, is when clamps were unevenly spaced around the perimeter. This caused the unclamped area to be slightly higher which caused uneven depth across the carvings.
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Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:39 am
by drewactual
"hello darkness my old friend"

... i bet you sung that. because you heard that.

there are 12 notes in music- like letters or words and it is the most expressive language on this third rock from the sun. when a symphony plays it all makes sense- in some strange mathematical arrangement that is expected- anticipated as it flows from one note to another -even as an instrument enters playing in an octave above or below the same notes, or in a complementing note, it is a surprise but something that fits and doesn't interfere with the arrangement. Music, like gcode, is not but mathematics and is collective composition that makes sounds fit.

some singers can do this. their voices are instruments unto themselves. they say the better ones can cover three full octaves and parts of those directly below or above. i can do the same thing- but without expectation- zero smoothness.. no quality of composition. some would call it terrible. i would agree.

your cnc sings.

when that bit is within its range and the air is populated with waves of a frequency no organic creature can make, it makes sense. there are smoothly ramped notes that flow into others- even, sometimes a surprise 'instrument' will enter as the bit finds its way through varying density of grains.. it makes quite a different sound when it hits the head of a screw adhering material to its bed. it sounds more like me attempting to sing when it is being shoved and not gliding in it's destructive path. drive it too deep you hear the baritones enter as the tempo slows. it's music, y'all. your ears will tell you just as much as the chips that fly, and if those are failing you a light palm far away from the mechanisms yet affixed to the machine such as the frame, will transmit those same frequencies to your hands and tickle your sensibilities in the same way music works.. it worked for Beethoven who could hear nothing of his own works in just that way.

we miss the ability to 'feel'' as we had when pushing that router through a piece of material... but it's still there when the music starts.

ears, folks.

Re: Avoiding Machine Gotchya's

Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 10:51 pm
by sharkcutup
Not my ears thank you - already wearing hearing aids!!! I turn them off act as ear plugs.

Granted yes that is a variable that tends to work but on the same token paying attention to the cutting action (dust, chips, burning using your eyes) tell the same story.

Just my opinion/thoughts!