You are not kidding. I spent probably 50X more time on trying to learn than I have so far actually using the one I got. So far I am really good at cutting the back off the brass 12mm hollow back halfs to make sleeves for diode presses.I think you are correct on that, a steep learning curve for CNC.
Oh nice. Glad you posted that as it reminds me on one issue that has been a pain for years and I have nevrer got roundo to doing it. Keeping diode trays is impossible and an issue specially 9mm ones for the NUBM44 which I don't get any and use them up as quick as I see them because of that. I had thought about getting some made if it is not a cost that would prohibit it. Odd sizes for diode delivery that make a more professional look to the packing and small quantity trays as well. Ones that hold 10, 25, 50 and 100 pieces various diodes sizes mostly 9mm would be awesome. Wonder what they would charge per tray if I order bulk of them. I might jump on there tonight after the game.Might I make a radical suggestion. Don’t buy anything. Draw the part in a cad package and have it made for you. I use a place called shapeways. The do metal. It’s not cheap but it’s perfect and I don’t need to do it that often.
Ohh... investing in a on call machine shop.Well...Mr. K….CORRECT..... Having 4 or 5 …… " Projects " outsourced per year.....Would be cheaper !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MMMMM....???? Payback...…. Say the each job is about $ 125 bucks.....OK.....$ 500 per year..
A new mill....with DRO and FC.....mmmmm ?? $ 3600 ( This does NOT include my time.....say.....$ 50/job )
SOooooo.......$ 3600 / $ 500 = 7.2 YEARS for Break Even....7.2 YEARS !!!. Seems like a long time !!!
But...if I buy.....after 7.2 years...I still have a great Lathe ????
I dunno…..I really like machining.....SOooo....I will continue the Hunt !!!
Once you start machining....ya get " Hooked " on it !!!! It is very, very...
satisfying....But....that is me !!!...… " Vertically Integrated " !!!