Looking for a mentor and a place to use machines.

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Looking for a mentor and a place to use machines.

Post by racer8412 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:29 pm

I'm a student in Palm Harbor, Fl, and am a complete beginner to machining, I need a mentor and am looking to create a scale replica of an original Curta Calculator, I can buy materials but I need access to at least a mill and a lathe, maybe a laser cutter, if you can help me please let me know it would be much appreciated!

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Post by Adirondack » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:28 am

This may be the coolest non-train related item ever posted here! WOW

http://www.vcalc.net/cu.htm

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Post by Bill Shields » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:05 pm

A very ambitious project for a beginner..
Too many things going on to bother listing them.

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Post by Adirondack » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:13 am

Bill Shields wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:05 pm
A very ambitious project for a beginner..
Bill, that would be ambitious for YOU. :P

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Post by Bill Shields » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:32 am

now there you go...making fun of my blacksmith training
Too many things going on to bother listing them.

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Post by Harold_V » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:02 pm

Heh! Fact is, it is an ambitious project for most anyone.
One thing about this troubles me. Brings to mind the time, many years ago, when the husband of one of my sister's friends called on me. I was operating my humble one man shop (commercial) at the time, engaged in the aero-space industry.

This guy, who shall remain nameless, told me he was thinking of buying some machines and making parts during the off-season (he was a school teacher). I asked him how much experience he had on machines. None, I was told.

I struggled a great deal when I first entered the machine shop, and I had an aptitude for the work. I understood what needed to be done, and how it should be done, but I lacked experience. That comes only with time. *Note that this condition isn't forever. My years away from the machines has resulted in my now not having the same skill I once had. I can still do the work, but I also make mistakes that I once never made.

I would like to remind anyone interested in reading my words-----anyone can turn on a machine and make chips---but it takes experience to make parts reliably--to print--without supervision.

Running machines isn't much different from playing a musical instrument (a talent I do not have).

H

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