I just thought I'd post and say hello. I've been lurking for around a year reading and learning. I finally bought some equipment and was wondering if there is anyone in the Atlanta or Marietta GA area intrested in using some nice equipment in exchange for teaching some basics?
I have purchased 4 machines thus far, I know thats a lot to learn with but I fealt they would be used for different purposes.
Though problably a little nuts but I bought a Tormach CNC, Bridgeport clone, a big Cadalac Lathe, and a new style Taig CNC to start with. Been buying some basic tooling while I wait delivery on the gear. I figure I'll get my money back machining my own equipment for the two cars I race if nothing else.
We have a shop in Kennesaw, GA thats 12,000 SQ' thats primary purpose is tuning cars and a general performance shop. I have 2 BMWs that I race and they are one of the things that drove me to buy the machines and start learning some of this. After I started reading I was hooked as I really enjoy making things. The shop has 2 Rotary lifts, a huge Alignment lift, an AWD DynoPak Dyno and most every thing a car shop could want, - the gear I just bought to help make up the missing machining equipment.
My real job has been as a Network Engineer for 17 years, mainly Cisco Routers (not routers as this forum discuses;-) and switches. I'm becoming burnt out working for fortune 500 companys and hope this will be an escape route one day...
Anywho, just thought I'd say hello and check in with everyone!
Just wanted to say hello from just south of you in Douglasville, GA. I would be more than willing to help you out in any way I can. I'm retired and just finished the Machine Tool Program at West Central Technical College in Carolaton. Also just completed the studies for the CNC Specialist Certificate.
I'm now in the process of finishing CNC conversions on a minimill and minilathe. Also building a CNC router.
You can email me at KPaulJ@aol.com and we can exchange Tel number if you would like.
It would be great if I could see your shop and the Tormach CNC mill when you get it. I've been thinking of buying one myself.
Just got the bug , being a mechanical most of my life am trying to self learn all this electronics bit.
I have a small woodshop and have made a living making custom furniture for the last 30 years .I have been following the varioous threads for a couple of months ,mainly Joe's machine .
I am supposed to be retired but have too active a mind to just sit around and vegitate. I hear there is a CNC club or at least a group that meets in the Norcross area from time to time . If I can help in any way or if you want to bounce anything around here is my email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi guys thanks for the replys. Let me get the equipment setup, I more than likely will shoot you both an email with small questions one day. Either of you are welcome to check out the Tormach when it gets here.
Are you still in the CNC game? If so, then I would definitely enjoy buying you coffee... I, too, am a geek that is looking for a long-term escape route, and have been toying with the idea of buying a laser engraver for about 5 years now... I have done a lot of lathe work, and think that there may be a market (or is that marquet?) that may join the two.