Tormach Fab Lab: How to use a Companion Horizontal Spindle

  You can set up a companion spindle with our Horizontal Spindle Arm Mount for milling in the XZ (G18) or YZ (G19) plane.  This can be a great technique for doing light milling on the end of a very long workpiece.  In this episode of Tormach Fab Lab, Mike C. demonstrates how to get this setup right.   [youtube]http://youtu.be/0oBlsirN4t8[/youtube]   You can now also model this setup in SprutCAM by taking advantage of the brand new Tormach PCNC machine definitions in SputCAM 8.  Here's a video that shows how to get that started as well.   [youtube]http://youtu.be/r8l99stgL8s[/youtube]   Want to try this out for yourself?  We've got the Kress High Speed Spindle and all of the mounting clamps and brackets for sale here: Tormach eStore - Companion Spindles More Tormach Fab Lab Videos:

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Fab Lab Skill Builder: Working with Strap Clamps

  Using a set of Strap Clamps is a no-brainer, right?  Just put them in the T-slots and screw 'em down, simple as that.  Perhaps - but you'll find that crafty machinists always seem to be able to find a new riff for using an old standard.  I bet there's a few tricks in the video below that you might not have thought about.   [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS_KkHOe8dc&list=UUWnQHSxw6cbxYsSQXhBcbQg&index=1&feature=plcp[/youtube]   Have some other cool strap clamp tricks to share?  Let us know - perhaps we'll make another video of the best ideas!  And check out our other work holding products for some other handy tools as well.

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