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by SteveR
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: All Things CAD and CAM
Topic: Sheet metal project in Fusion 360
Replies: 7
Views: 1342

Re: Sheet metal project in Fusion 360

George, If you are going to have someone waterjet it, ask them what file format they want - you may not need to convert the file to g-code yourself. I would think you just need to sketch it in 2D, then extrude the thickness and then export the whole thing in a dxf format (again it depends on what th...
by SteveR
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: shipping engines
Replies: 14
Views: 2079

Re: shipping engines

I moved a 1" LE 040 from Milwaukee to LA using Craters and Freighters. I prearranged dropping it off and they build a crate with a floating/sprung base on a custom pallet as I instructed. Specified that the straps go through the frame and not over the top of the boiler. It showed up a week later on ...
by SteveR
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Driver machining order
Replies: 17
Views: 4054

Re: Driver machining order

Well, I did mine a bit different than everyone else, but they seem to function correctly. The procedure that I wrote down was for my Allen Consolidation and goes like this. Mount driver face out in 4 jaw chuck with inner edge of the rim centered as well as possible. This will define the cleanup groo...
by SteveR
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gluing brass to aluminum
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: Gluing brass to aluminum

Which surface does the glue not stick to? That's a surface preparation problem. Removing oils and roughening the surface may help.

Or does the glue break? Then you need a stronger adhesive. Try a 2-part epoxy.

SteveR
by SteveR
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul
Replies: 35
Views: 7637

Re: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul

I rented a full size Ford Expedition last October in Philly and strapped down a 1" LE 0-6-0 and tender to a piece of track on a piece of plywood in the back. Used Home depot tie down D-rings bolted to plywood with straps over the top and through the drivers/frame. Added 8 steel drivers and castings ...
by SteveR
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: From the ground up
Replies: 53
Views: 10543

Re: From the ground up

Build something that you can expect to finish in 1,000- 1,500 shop hours. You'll learn a super-huge amount about machining, fitting parts, welding, etc... on the smaller locomotive. All of that learning will translate into building your dream locomotive later on. Then in just 2 or 3 years or so, yo...
by SteveR
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Consolidation vs Ten Wheeler
Replies: 5
Views: 2751

Re: Allen Consolidation vs Ten Wheeler

I'm currently building the Consolidation so I can speak to it by looking at the 10 Wheeler web pages. Couple of comments and questions: 1) The 2-8-0 lead truck is equalized with the rest of the rigging - it it also on the 10 Wheeler? If no, then the 10 Wheeler is easier. 2) The 2-8-0 Baker valve gea...
by SteveR
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: VERTICAL TURRETT LATHE (CNC)? NO WAY
Replies: 19
Views: 5248

Re: VERTICAL TURRETT LATHE (CNC)? NO WAY

Idea for a poor man's VTL: Put a VFD on a rotary table and put on a mill? You would have to run oil coolant through it instead of the normal oil at least. What would the tooling be? Stationary fly cutter?

Thoughts?

SteveR
by SteveR
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: WHO NEEDS CNC?
Replies: 60
Views: 15861

Re: WHO NEEDS CNC?

Dave's work shown here (and that chucker is a real beauty) isn't really a good comparison to what CNC really brings to the table; the ability to run multiple axes simultaneously. In the video here, we see the lathe cutting in a single axis each time. On a manual mill, we (I) cut one axis at a time. ...
by SteveR
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 8891

Re: unique water pump

Troll. Agree with Bill.

SteveR
by SteveR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 8891

Re: unique water pump

Radient energy is a force we can't feel or see or measure with normal instruments because it's perfectly balanced, and yet it occupies all of space and has massive power potential just by unbalancing it a little. OK - but if we can't measure with normal instruments, we need some kind of gizmo to in...
by SteveR
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?
Replies: 13
Views: 3112

Re: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?

What Fender said. If you haven't used a roughing end mill, do this first. A high benefit/cost ratio.

SteveR