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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_con View Post
    how to tap 10x 10mm deep m3 holes in 1.30mins

    (sorry for another vid of the tapping head, but its my new toy and im loving it)
    No need to apologise, keep em coming
    What make and model is your tapping head?
    I've got a project coming up with craploads of tapping to do.
    I might get one. What range of tap sizes does your one accommodate?

    Quote Originally Posted by andy_con View Post
    thanks to briggs for modding my tap, the cnc is now tapping m9x0.5 lens threads
    How did Dan mod it? Did he make it a single flute so the swarf clears better and doesn't mangle the delicate .5 thread?

    I'm really impressed with the progress you are making. Must be a satisfying feeling.

    How have you found the learning curve with Mach3 having not used CNCs before?

    I've only done a few months on CNCs years ago during my apprenticeship. Nearly all my experience in and manual mills.

    I'm interested to hear your your experience learning to use Mach3.

    Cheers for the shizzle.

    Kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitatit View Post
    How did Dan mod it? Did he make it a single flute so the swarf clears better and doesn't mangle the delicate .5 thread?
    Sorry to chirp in...
    Con's Tapmatic head only accepts M3-M7 taps; yet he wanted the M9x0.5mm tap to work. Rather than buy a new tapping head (), and as the required torque for M9x0.5 threading is low, I got the tap's shank cylindrically ground to a smaller diameter that would fit. It was HSS tool steel, so couldn't be turned on the lathe easily; grinding it was no problem.
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    the tapping head is a tapmatic which are regarded as the best, although mine is an older one.
    new ones will set you back 800 odd, but they are the tits and make tapping so so easy.
    as briggs has said it does m3-m7

    im very pleased with the cnc how and well its going
    learning mach3 and still learning, you learn something new every week. a new bit of coding here a new bit there. mach3 is pretty easy to use, although some things take a while to get ya head around.

    i would highly recommend mach3 it would seem theres nothing it cant do

    Quote Originally Posted by kitatit View Post
    No need to apologise, keep em coming
    What make and model is your tapping head?
    I've got a project coming up with craploads of tapping to do.
    I might get one. What range of tap sizes does your one accommodate?


    How did Dan mod it? Did he make it a single flute so the swarf clears better and doesn't mangle the delicate .5 thread?

    I'm really impressed with the progress you are making. Must be a satisfying feeling.

    How have you found the learning curve with Mach3 having not used CNCs before?

    I've only done a few months on CNCs years ago during my apprenticeship. Nearly all my experience in and manual mills.

    I'm interested to hear your your experience learning to use Mach3.

    Cheers for the shizzle.

    Kit
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    Hi Dan
    Ah, nice. It's a God send to have a cylindrical grinder at hand.

    What a team.

    Keep it up team UK!

    Cheers
    Kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_con View Post
    the tapping head is a tapmatic which are regarded as the best, although mine is an older one.
    new ones will set you back 800 odd, but they are the tits and make tapping so so easy.
    as briggs has said it does m3-m7

    im very pleased with the cnc how and well its going
    learning mach3 and still learning, you learn something new every week. a new bit of coding here a new bit there. mach3 is pretty easy to use, although some things take a while to get ya head around.

    i would highly recommend mach3 it would seem theres nothing it cant do
    Hi Andy

    Cheers for the clules.

    Yes, thats a very nice action your tapping head has. Yikes 800 Pounds new!! I've seen a couple of cheapies at a machine tool shop here. They were from around 100 Pounds- 250 Pounds but they have limited tapping ranges, meaning you'd have to buy a few of them to tap the range of sizes we need for laser projects. I'll have to start sniffing around to see what I can find.

    I just had a look around and found a much nicer one that can do from 2-13mm..... Bugger! it cost 660 pounds...

    I'll keep looking.

    Thanks for the insights.

    Kit

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    there are lots of tapping heads second hand on ebay.

    ideally you want one with auto reverse for a cnc, im sure when i was looking some didnt reverse

    heres the tapmatic demo video, they make it look very easy but it can be a faff getting the code right

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    Man, that thing pumps!

    Yeah, reversing ones are the go. I'll be using it on manual machine which can reverse but it requires good concentration.

    Without a clutch and flicking the machine into reverse, i'm always sweating. It's not the kindest to the machine either.

    It will be well worth the investment.

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    not put any thing in here for a while so here are

    nothing to exciting just a bit of brass machining



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    Nice werk
    Prolly a stupid question but why is copper so hard to work with ? Too soft?

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