Chris Fox

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Probing and Edge-Finding - Best Tools to Find Your Work

02/ 24/ 2021

While CNC machines are capable of an awful lot of amazing things, the machine itself is only as capable as its operator and code. That means proper programming and tooling setups are necessary to get the most out of your machine.

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The Basics of Making Threads

02/ 10/ 2021

There is an old adage explaining all machining as plates with holes. While orientations change and hole sizes and shapes vary, at the end of the day, it’s all plates with holes. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of the complex process that is subtractive manufacturing, but it’s an amusing old chestnut.

In those series of holes, a specific type of hole that is much more challenging to create, even though it seems pretty straightforward - threaded holes.

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ER Collet Basics - Things You Need to Know to Get Started

01/ 27/ 2021

Since their development in 1973, ER Collets have become an essential element of every machine shop. Whether you’re looking to hold tooling or even round stock, these collets are an industry-standard for machine work.

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What Is CAD, CAM and G-Code?

01/ 19/ 2021

In the world of CNC (Computer Numerical Control), there are three software elements needed to go from idea to part: CAD, CAM, and G-code. Even though there are some software companies that provide combinations of these, they each serve specific roles when working with CNC.

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Save Cash on Machine Tools with Section 179

01/ 14/ 2021

General

As we round the corner into 2021, businesses need to start considering year-end expenditures and what taxes will look like for 2020.

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Last Second Gifts for Machinists

12/ 22/ 2020

Holiday Workholding

Some people are hard to buy gifts for. Machinist- and engineer-types are especially difficult because they often want things for their shop, which many family members and friends aren’t privy to. 

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