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Nono
06-01-2005, 01:49 AM
I have lots of friends but none of them know anything about machines or machining. Tools? they say :withstupi

cncwright
09-27-2006, 02:27 PM
The is an old thread...are you still around?

I am also in the Vancouver, WA area. I started my project a year or more ago and got stalled out. I've recently started working on it again. My progress is documented at www.cncwright.com (http://www.cncwright.com).

Nono
09-28-2006, 12:23 AM
Welcome to cnczone, I watch from a distance

Hernthehunter
10-09-2006, 12:38 AM
Hey guys I'm in the Portland Vancouver area too

Nono
10-09-2006, 12:39 AM
welcome to the club

sangkyu5
10-09-2006, 03:23 PM
I also live in Portland OR but so far I've seen no one to ask about CNC.

cpy911
10-23-2006, 03:41 PM
Just wondering if any of you folks in Portland have built a machine?
I'm in Newberg and would like to take a look at anything you have...

Thanks,
cpy911

CerveloRod
10-24-2006, 12:59 PM
I'm west of Portland, and I have finished a mini-mill conversion. haven't done much with it recently, but anyone wanting to come look at it and discuss, I'll let you hear everything I know about CNC, shouldn't take more than a few minutes...

Rod
cervelorod at gmail dot com

lmartinez
12-29-2006, 08:32 PM
Very new to all this CNC stuff. what's a mini -mill?
Do we have any mentors in the area?

acondit
01-05-2007, 04:52 PM
I live in Woodburn, about 30 miles south of Portland. I am building a CNC router. I am very much a CNC newbie even though I have been reading about it for a couple of years.

Jeff Davis from HomeCNC (one of the moderators here) lives near Portland.

Also there a few people in the Portland Model Engineers club that are active in CNC. <www.portlandmodelengineers.org> PME also has a CNC Special Interest SIG within the club.

sangkyu5
01-05-2007, 05:39 PM
I currently live in SE portland OR and am also building one for my own. Mine is basically similar to Pracitical CNC or Dyna CNC type of model. It's pretty much slow to build mine though.

sangkyu5
01-05-2007, 05:45 PM
I currently live in SE portland OR and am also building one for my own. Mine is basically similar to Pracitical CNC or Dyna CNC type of model. It's pretty much slow to build mine though.

lmartinez
01-05-2007, 11:09 PM
Cool!! I don't feel lonely anymore!

moonlighttech
01-08-2007, 04:50 AM
Hi All,
West of McMinnville here. Still setting up my shop after moving so I haven't made a machine yet but I'm just about ready. I Already have bearings, rails, motors, leadscrews, drivers and port interface breakouts, and various aluminum stock. I just have to put my drill mill back together first. Hmmm, maybe I should retrofit it as a first project?

I'm a retired Senior Electronic Technologist from a research and develpoment laboratory. I'm pretty grounded in the electronics area including computers and software programming. Mechanically I do okay with my lathe, drill mill, measuring tools, books and CAD. I think I have a pretty wide knowledge base and understanding of science in general, inherited from my career and work.

I'd like to offer assistance to a CNCzone member(s) that goes beyond the questions answers development of a FAQ sheet. Well that too. I guess maybe I should ask what do you need or want to know?

acondit
01-08-2007, 11:58 AM
moonlighttech,

Thank you for responding. I have got my router put together except for wiring the home and limit switches. I have done some jogging with it and hope to have it running shortly. Here is a link to my construction thread.
http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10425

I would love to get acquainted.

moonlighttech
01-09-2007, 07:43 AM
Hi Alan!

I jumped to your construction thread and read your log and viewed the photo's of your journey. WOW!! If you're a newbie I'm Little Bo Peep!! All who have posted here should check it out as well to see what's possible with an idea as it grows. I really enjoyed it, I think it made my hands dirty!

I'm not actually sure what the discussion limits are on this forum and I've seen the dreaded (wrong) icon! I'll post further on your machine construction thread.
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Kludge
01-20-2007, 10:53 AM
Hi Guys,

I'm west of Portland, OR.

I'm thinking about doing a CNC retrofit on an old Mill/Drill I have, so I've been just reading and learning for now.

dadcolisch
02-01-2007, 12:45 PM
Hi local PDX folks!!
I've been lurking in the background for a while now, and just found this thread today. I live in the Tualatin area (I-5/ I-205 ) .
I've been interested in CNC for years now and have been collecting parts and peices. I'm gonna' do a small "mill" type machine, as opposed to Router. I'm ready to bring it all together now, but don't know diddley about electronics. (Kinda' like riding a bike: you can read about it forever, but you don't know HOW 'till you actually DO it).
I'd love to talk to some local DIY- CNC people & maybe learn something, certianly get some inspiration. ( After 20 years, I've realized that my wife is NOT a good person to bounce my ideas off of.)
Hope to hear from you soon!
Richard.
dadcolisch@yahoo.com (Richard.dadcolisch@yahoo.com)

moonlighttech
02-03-2007, 12:31 AM
Hi Kludge and Richard. My specialty is electronics. I'll be glad to answer questions in general or specific and in depth if necessary. I try to limit my answers here to making contact but it's a public forum so I speak only for myself.

:idea:
If you're begining to build a CNC machine may I suggest you start a new thread about your project in one of the machine building logs. It's a good way to keep track of questions, answers, your efforts and personal comments about your experience building it. You can even add photo's of your progress. Plus it will be seen by those who need the picture to avoid a thousand words, like myself! What say ye?
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Kludge
02-16-2007, 10:25 AM
Hi moonlighttech,

Thank you for the kind offer.

After careful evaluation of the machine and my available time, I decided to sell the old mill/drill, and it went to a good home.
I'm now pondering the new vs retrofit-used machine question.

/Frank

Kludge
02-16-2007, 10:49 AM
Would others in the area be up for a Meet & Greet & Eat ?

I'm planning on going to the Northwest Machine Tool Expo on one of the two days (May 16 or 17).

I'm also up for getting together next month (March).

/Frank

CarlsonGuitars
03-07-2007, 02:39 PM
Hi, I am going to be enrolled in some basic drafting CAD-CAM classes this spring, and would like some hands on experience getting trained to run a CNC! I will work for FREE if you are able to take some time and teach me how to run a CNC and all the tricks behind smooth operation. I am looking to purchase a smaller CNC router, maybe a table top... In order to build guitars and other related parts. I am a fast learner, and I own my own business so I have fairly flexible hours if someone is willing to take me under their wing! If not, I would also be open to a meet and great with other CNC heads, even if just to listen to ideas, etc. I read that someone said there is a convention or something this coming middle of march? I would love to attend, as I am looking to purchase a CNC fairly soon! A meet and great would be great, either there or close by too.

You can reply to this forum for my contact info... I do not want to type in my regular email as some bots and spammers find peoples emails and send them all kinds of junk.

Best Regards,

Levi

macona
03-07-2007, 03:02 PM
Im in Beaverton.

My Toy:

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28668

moonlighttech
03-08-2007, 10:16 PM
Great idea Kludge, I'm ready! Could you provide more details or further cause this to happen at sometime and someplace?

Levi, where in this area are you? Maybe we could meet with Kludge and others(?) and discuss it.

Could be very interesting if other(s)come too!
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macona
03-08-2007, 10:36 PM
Levi: Never ever ever work for free.

Even if your just sweeping the floor your time is worth at least minimum wage. Working for free will give the idea that you are worth nothing.

Kludge
03-09-2007, 10:04 AM
Great idea Kludge, I'm ready! Could you provide more details or further cause this to happen at sometime and someplace? ....


The Northwest Machine Tool Expo is at the Oregon Convention Center on Wednesday May 16 and Thursday May 17.

Free Registration at and info at Northwest Machine Tool Expo (http://www.machinetoolexpos.com/mte/mtnw/index.po)

My plan is to go on Wednesday as the morning seminars on Wednesday look the most interesting to me.
I'm up for getting together at 1:00 for Lunch or after the show closes at 5:00.

/Frank

moonlighttech
03-10-2007, 07:48 AM
Kludge, sounds like a good plan to me. I'll mark my calendar to attend. I checked out the show a bit with the link you provided, thanks. Really looks like a great show. I agree with you, the classes look worthwhile too. I'm usually leary of the brief sales pitches the lasts way to long for a captive audience, but a few of these might really hold my interest. (resist attention span abuse!) The floor exhibits usually keep me smiling for hours. Have you gone before? it's not crowded elbow to elbow is it?

I visited the Carlson guitar website. It makes your mission very clear. Very nice instruments, but it's the custom guitars you want to do right? Do you design the amplifiers too? I'm very much into playing music but I've slacked off of guitars since I bought a decent synth about a year ago.

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moonlighttech
03-10-2007, 09:33 AM
Anybody else interested in the show?

Gundawg
12-17-2007, 06:55 AM
I am new to CNC I would like to find someone that would like to trade some time on my machines for some help figuring out how to build a CNC router. I have 2 lathes a Jet 1340 and a South Bend 10K and a Wells Index vertical mill with a dro. I also have a nice Miller 250 amp mig welder and large horizontal band saw for building frames. I am not a machinist by trade just a hobby guy but I have plenty of tooling for the machines and would share what I have to someone who could help me break into the CNC world.

I work rotating shifts so taking a college course would be dificult but it gives me a lot of days off and different days of the week to meet. I would like to get pointed in the right direction. I could use some help finding something to read like CNC for dummies. I have a hard time following these threads because I don't understand the basics of CNC.
Mike

Nono
12-17-2007, 11:57 AM
Gundawg
I would be happy to teach you what I know.. I will admit I do not know everything and my Gcode is a bit rusty. Im or email to work out the details
Paul

sangkyu5
12-17-2007, 04:50 PM
Hi,

I"m Derek and located near Portland downtown area. I'm not that expert in CNC either but it's been a while I studied by myself. If you are interested in CNC you can join in www.portlandmodeleingeers.org. You will meet gurus and people you can share information.
FYI, I'm also building a CNC router currently. So if you are interested in what I do let me know. You can email me at derek.sangkyu.park@gmail.com

moonlighttech
12-19-2007, 11:44 AM
Gundawg, I'm just a few miles from the Sprit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde. I'm alot like you, just a hobby guy with a 9 inch southbend lathe and an enco drill/mill and a heap of support tools.

My training is electronics so I'm not unfamilar with CNC, I just haven't built a machine yet.

acondit
12-19-2007, 12:53 PM
Hi,

Gundawg, I live in Woodburn. I don't consider myself an expert either, but I have now built two cnc machines: a cnc wood router and a 9x20 lathe cnc conversion. The router is completely usable but still a work in progress. I am still working on finishing up the lathe conversion but it is cutting under machine control now. So, I would be glad to try and help out if I can.

Alan

CarlsonGuitars
12-19-2007, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the support guys, I got the Dyna CNC back in October '07. Since then I have been learning the ropes, but I have a lot more to learn. Anyone need some help in their shop?

Are there any CNC related shows happening on the West Coast anytime soon? I am going to the next Northwest Machine Expo, and would love to go to anything similar show if it is a state or 2 away!!!

PS, I went to the Northwest Machine Expo last Spring, I looked at a couple machines but decided to go with a less expensive router to start out with. There were some helpful people as well as some stuff that I didn't know existed at the show... I really like some of the seminars-classes they had. At the show I almost picked up a Techno-Isel table top router, glad I didn't because they wanted more than a comparable router that was twice the size (dyna CNC) plus had a "mandatory loading fee" of $495... Not to complain, after haggling I moved on. The dyna router seems like a pretty solid machine, but I will let y'all know more about that as time goes on. I plan on looking into the Haas - Fadal, high quality 4 axis machines when I have enough $$$ to buy one outright, or at least pay for half of it! I am going to check out the threads on MACH3 questions since the machine uses Mach III, which I am not used to working with. Any suggestions or websites for help?

Gundawg
12-21-2007, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the replys. I will be contacting some of you after the first of the year things have gotten real busy for me right now I probably should have waited to post for help until then. The thread was old and I was not sure anyone would read it. I have ben wanting to join the Portland club for a while but it seems like every time I check into the meeting dates I am working that weekend. I will have to keep checking until I can make a meeting.
Thanks Mike

stucaruk
12-30-2007, 12:23 AM
I'm in Ridgefield, WA. Used to design and build CNC thermal machineing centers for a living (oxyfuel/plasma). Moving more to automated manufacturing now using several types of CNC equipment and 6 axis robotics. I'm always willing to help out those who have an interest in CNC, since we are rapidly losing our manufacturing expertise in this country and it would seem that fewer people are even willing to get their hands dirty anymore. Lord knows that finding decent service is almost impossible.

I'd really like to network with any owner/operators of Integrex type turn mill machines. Especially if you happen to know how to force a bit to control an output using a macro variable.

Stu

Gearjamer
01-11-2008, 09:44 AM
Hi Folks,

I'm interested in getting into CNC equipment and machining in general. I'm an Equipment technician in Semiconductor manufacturing. I have alot of experience with electronics and robotics. My favorite hobbie is auto restoration and hot rodding. I can weld and do a fair bit of metal fabrication. I'm looking to build a CNC plasma cutter and later a CNC mill for making custom auto parts. I live in Forest Grove and would like to hook up with someone experienced with working CNC equipment in my area. I also think it would be an excellent idea for a group of us to get together sometime and share info. If you would like to share your knowlege and need an extra pair of hands drop me a line.

Thanks,
Bill

stucaruk
01-11-2008, 02:00 PM
I'm up in Ridgefield, WA and used to build CNC plasma cutters for a living. Tinkering now on setting up a cell in my garage equipped with an Integrex a VMC and a CNC lathe all fed by a Fanuc 420if Robot.

Building a CNC plasma cutting machien is really simple actually. My cousin started tinkering in my shop a few years back and recently built his own plasma table I think he's got some videos here on CNC zone. search for dslpwr for the link.

Most people are welcome to stop by, and I'd be happy to hlep out if you want to build a machine.

Stu

Bill Miller
04-06-2008, 02:49 PM
Any one interested in CNC around Portland/Vancouver area should attend the next meeting of the Portland Model Engineers the next meeting is at Grant Carson’s shop, A&G Products, 7360 SW Bonita
Road Unit C, Tigard, OR 97224 at 1pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Look up Bill Miller.

bajasoobnut
04-08-2008, 11:30 AM
well count me in as one being in the Portland area (Milwaukie to be exact) and I just got into the apprenticeship at my work (Oregon Cutting Systems) as a tool room machinist, but right now am going to school for CNC/EDM/CAD-CAM for the 3rd term classes of the series. So it is very interesting to learn new things with CNC and such. So just saying hi *waves* and maybe some of us gearheads can meet up and talk shop so to speak.

Oh btw I am starting up working on a 76 Subaru 4wd wagon that is getting quite a bit of manual/CNC machining done to it for parts because of the nature of my project (lots and lots of custom stuff lol). And also involves my capstone project for school so any help would be greatful!

Gearjamer
04-11-2008, 12:25 PM
I'll try to make it.

Gumby
04-18-2008, 07:26 PM
I'm down in Salem if anyone is interested in meeting up or perhaps taking on a student. There is always more to learn!

~Levi

jmcroft
11-29-2008, 03:29 PM
Hi all. I am in the Hillsboro area (close to Aloha) and made my own CNC machine a couple of years ago. Would like to get in touch with others in the area.

sangkyu5
12-05-2008, 11:22 AM
You can find people here at www.portlandmodelengineers.org
Or join the CNC meeting at Bob Diffley's place.
For more information, email me at derek.sangkyu.park@gmail.com
Good luck

Gumby
12-14-2008, 08:13 PM
Hi all. I am in the Hillsboro area (close to Aloha) and made my own CNC machine a couple of years ago. Would like to get in touch with others in the area.

There are several large groups of hobby machinist in your area. The portland model engineers group is probably as good of a place to start as any if you're looking to meet others with similar interests. I'm personally down in Salem if you make to down this way.

Pukwudji
05-19-2009, 09:28 PM
I'm in Hillsboro also. I'm just in the beginning stages of planning and trying to scavenge as many parts as I can to keep the 'boss' off my case about my hobbies. For those who haven't heard of it in the area, there is a place at Cornelius Pass and hwy 26 (in a center north of the hwy) called Surplus Gizmos (surplusgizmos.com). Great stuff there. I can see shopping there a lot during my build.

-Brian

WA Toolman
05-21-2009, 10:44 PM
There seems to be a lot of activity in the Portland area. I'm a retired machinist living in Vancouver, WA. Anything around me?

CarlsonGuitars
02-27-2010, 05:23 AM
I'm down in Salem if anyone is interested in meeting up or perhaps taking on a student. There is always more to learn!

~Levi


I'm down in Salem if anyone is interested in meeting up or perhaps taking on a student. There is always more to learn!

~Levi

WOW, is your name Levi too?!? I am up in the Portland area - I would love to meet up with some fellow machinists. I started my CNC ownership back in 2007, so I am still a newbie. I write my own Gcode, at least until I find a descent program (and I can't afford mastercam's hefty price tag right now)... Anyone going to WESTEC this year (March 23-25, 2010)?

lavrgs
08-18-2010, 11:54 PM
Not much recent activity on this thread but I am looking for a Portland area group that shares an interest in machining. Is the Portland Model Engineers Group still active? Their website seems a bit dusty...:wave::cheers:
I live in Tualatin and have recently completed (is it really ever completed?) a retrofit of a Tree J325 Mill, and a Hardinge HC lathe. My focus is on making motorcycle parts and I've recently finished some fork caps. It took about 8 months from cutting a hex in a block of wood to using the lathe and mill to get a complete part. I use Mach3 as the system controller and it has a thread milling program that I was able to experiment with and get great results.

Bill

cad01
08-19-2010, 03:11 PM
I'm in Beaverton/Hillsboro area. 13+ yr machinist/programmer. I am still in the design stage of an all metal (alum. and sst) router. I have started building out of wood just for mockup, but I will wait until all CAD work is done then machine it out on the Mori's at work.

drmello
09-07-2010, 06:40 AM
Hey hows it going? I'm just getting started in the cnc world, but i built my own cnc router. It works pretty good, but i have a huge learning curve ahead of me. Just looking to learn and hang out with some folks with more excperience.

cad01
09-07-2010, 11:50 PM
drmello, what area are you in?

diyengineer
09-08-2010, 12:07 AM
I'm 30 minutes south of seattle. Anyone else close?

acondit
04-09-2011, 12:00 PM
Due to health problems, I haven't been able to work in the shop for several months. I have a rebuilt CNC router that I have basically finished but haven't cut anything with since completing.

If someone in the area is interested, I would like to recover some of my cost and see it find a new home where it will be used.

It is too heavy for me to ship. You can see it here:

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc_wood_router_project_log/86844-phoenix_rising_ashes_second_router-2.html#post849599

PM me if interested.

jas0n
07-08-2011, 10:32 AM
hey guys, im down in salem, and I am very interested in building a cnc. I could get by with 2-axis (x, y), but a 3-axis would be ideal, I am busy in the mean time but, I would love to learn and eventually meet up with some people and check out their work.

-jason

Daren-S13
07-10-2011, 09:44 PM
Looking to move to the Gresham/Portland area. i just graduated from Lcc, got my degree in CNC manufacturing. I'm currently looking for work in that area, close to MHCC if possible, any pointers, or places to stay away from?

Gumby
07-11-2011, 01:07 AM
Looking to move to the Gresham/Portland area. i just graduated from Lcc, got my degree in CNC manufacturing. I'm currently looking for work in that area, close to MHCC if possible, any pointers, or places to stay away from?

I can't recommend any place to stay away from as I've not worked at any of the local machine shops but you'll find a ton of job listings for Machinists wanted on craigslist.

Daren-S13
07-11-2011, 01:50 PM
yeah, I have seen and applied for a lot of jobs in the area, Craigslist has been great!

br1
07-11-2011, 05:47 PM
Daren-S13, Winters here are kinda rough (it can get really windy for days on end), but the Summer is worth it. Been here for over 35 years, Keep looking on the internet, (Craigslist as mentioned already) and there are jobs to be had, but there are a lot of people looking for the same thing. Manual machining with experiance in this area is a plus. Also try http://www.indeed.com/q-CNC-Machinist-l-Oregon-jobs.html

Daren-S13
07-14-2011, 03:25 PM
Well i got a call for an interview, went up, interviewed and got a call before i even made it back home to Springfield that i got the job! Its a place called Ascentek Engineering in Tualatin. Seems to be a good place, everyone seems nice, the pay is to be expected for an entry level job and it has decent benefits. Gotta find a place to live fast because i start monday!

sjh
12-27-2011, 06:52 AM
Hi dear guys,
I am a CNC Programmer & trainer with about 20 years experience(15 years in teaching of G code Programming).
Unfortunately I am living in Iran, but due to this fact that I am fluent in English language I think I can train u by internet chatting and by means of Simulator softwares.
We can start the job for a trial term and if u find it useful , u will pay my wage by means of a Bank credit.
Our Programming Courses can be according to Fanuc, Siemens Heidenhain and Fagor Controllers (Mill and or Lathe).
Best Regards
Jalal Haghi
email : infos@sjhaghi.com
s_j_haghi@yahoo.com
:wave:

acondit
07-06-2012, 05:42 PM
If anyone is interested, I just posted my 20" Woodtek Disc sander (http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/tls/3122922040.html) and my G1071 Grizzly Oscillating spindle sander (http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/tls/3122943831.html) on the Portland craigslist. These are great tools for anyone interested in doing some pattern work.

Alan

diyengineer
07-07-2012, 12:16 AM
If anyone is interested, I just posted my 20" Woodtek Disc sander (http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/tls/3122922040.html) and my G1071 Grizzly Oscillating spindle sander (http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/tls/3122943831.html) on the Portland craigslist. These are great tools for anyone interested in doing some pattern work.

Alan


Where do you live? I have stumbled upon your website before while searching for some diy casting stuff. I'm up near Tacoma, WA. I don't need any equipment, but its always nice to know people in the area!
Ill send you a friend request! :)

acondit
07-07-2012, 12:30 AM
I live in Woodburn, OR about 30 miles south of Portland on I-5.

Alan

Falcon69
07-21-2012, 10:06 PM
I am in Vancouver :) Nice to know I'm not the only tinkerer here.

bassix187
07-24-2012, 10:10 PM
I'm also in Vancouver, WA! Only know a couple other hobby cnc'ers in the area, so hearing there are more is great to know!

bassix187
07-27-2012, 03:17 PM
Hey falcon, where in the 'Couve are you? I'm off Padden 'n 205....

Falcon69
07-27-2012, 10:25 PM
not too far from ya. hwy 14 and 205

Gallchobhair
08-13-2012, 12:21 PM
I am building my CnC machine. Anyone one in this area. Is there a club or a group meeting.

If not any interest in starting something.

bassix187
08-15-2012, 09:21 PM
Oh wow! I'm slow to respond! Lol! Yeah, Falcon69, that is close! Pass by you every day going to and from work! What do you have for equipment?

Falcon69
08-15-2012, 09:34 PM
Oh wow! I'm slow to respond! Lol! Yeah, Falcon69, that is close! Pass by you every day going to and from work! What do you have for equipment?


Nothing Yet. My buld thread is in the DIY wood router section.

I'm having trouble locating a Laser Machine here in the Vancouver/Portland area that can cut out my project. Also, funds are holding up the project as well. :/

bassix187
08-16-2012, 12:45 AM
What are you looking to have lasered? Have you thought about waterjet? Either way, might know somebody....

Falcon69
08-16-2012, 12:47 AM
I thought about waterjet, but, It leaves like a 1 - 2 degree kerf. And I think it is more expensive since I'm only using 1/4" and 3/8".

bassix187
08-16-2012, 01:41 AM
True, but wasn't sure what pieces you were looking to have cut. I'll talk to a couple people I know, see if they still have their lasers. How many pieces, shapes, and sizes?

Falcon69
08-16-2012, 11:51 PM
hmm, lots of pieces. all 1/4" or 3/8" thick steel. I am also looking for a well qualified welder as well. Then, after it's all welded up, i need to find a shop to do the machining so everything is flat and square before putting it together.

I won't have the money for awhile though to do that. My next check, I'm going to finish buying up the electronics, racks, aluminum extrusion, and probably have those circuit boads made that John100 helped me design (well, actually he designed them, I just drew it up on a circuit program.)

bassix187
08-24-2012, 03:09 PM
Ah! I'll let you know if I find someone who can help you out with that. Being that I just got laid off, I'll be visiting many shops in the near future!

acondit
08-24-2012, 04:27 PM
I found a steel shop in Tualitin with a laser that can cut 1" steel.

Falcon69
08-24-2012, 04:46 PM
I found a steel shop in Tualitin with a laser that can cut 1" steel.

Do you know their accuracy? Do you know their cost? What I've noticed from Water-Jet machines, of businesses I've called, They have a set-up charge, then a per inch charge.

What's the name of the shop?

acondit
08-24-2012, 05:04 PM
I got a quote from them but I didn't pursue it further.

Their email address is laser@lasercuttingservices.com

Falcon69
08-24-2012, 05:06 PM
thanks acondit. I'll check em out.

alwysrit2
08-27-2012, 11:04 PM
Hi Fellow Portlanders,
I saw OMSI is hosting a Maker's Faire Sept 15th & 16th. Looks like it might be fun & interesting for DIY'rs - Maker Faire PDX | OMSI (http://www.omsi.edu/maker-faire-pdx)

Dbl_Tap
02-16-2013, 09:21 PM
I'll be joining the CNC world in a month or so. Just waiting for my machine to be delivered from our Communist Overlords across the sea :) Can't wait and would love to find others to learn from.

gigjoec
06-21-2013, 08:56 PM
Hello all,
north of Vancouver Wa.
i have been checking out the Thread here and see there quit a few "locals", but not a lot of recent posts ....

i have been since april building my CNC ROUTER PARTS 48x96 and just about have it dial in.....
software seems to be my weak spot .... any mentors close by ?

thanks

joe

Falcon69
06-21-2013, 09:00 PM
hi JOE,

my machine isn't started yet. I am still gathering parts. I still need the steel, aluminum, vaccuum motors, spindle, and the Rack for the linear motion. I have everything else bought. Those bearings and rails were so far the most spendy.

Where in 'north of Vancouver Wa' are you? I'd love to check out your CNCRP machine.

Jason

stucaruk
06-21-2013, 09:13 PM
I'm in Ridgefield about 3/4 mile NE of the I5 exit 11 interchange. If it's got a Fanuc, Mazak, Edge, Fadal, or Mach3 control, I can probably help you out. Give me a shout if you still need a hand. (360) 887-0702.


Hello all,
north of Vancouver Wa.
i have been checking out the Thread here and see there quit a few "locals", but not a lot of recent posts ....

i have been since april building my CNC ROUTER PARTS 48x96 and just about have it dial in.....
software seems to be my weak spot .... any mentors close by ?

thanks

joe

gigjoec
06-22-2013, 02:16 AM
jason and stu,
great to meet you both, i'm in woodland so i'm sure we will be getting in contact very soon.................

gigjoec
06-22-2013, 02:18 AM
@ jason ....what kind of machine are you looking to build ?

@ stu ........ what do you have for a machine ?

gigjoec
06-23-2013, 12:20 AM
just because i'm curious............. what do you consider speed & acceleration set to reasonable parameters in Mach3 to be set at, i have a 4x8 Tslot table using nema 34 motors rack and pinion. i 'm also using the PDMX-126 and eithiernet smoothstepper w/mach3 which i'm having other issues with......
so far i have just cut mdf and oak and on the oak i have noticed i have a "ridge" going from the center of the project out to the edge. i'm only guessing but i would say that my speed and acceleration are out of whack when it comes to corners.....
as far as the smoothstepper i'm losing communications with mach 3 3000 plus lines into the running program.....
any words of wisdow wold be extreamly helpful
thanks
joe

Falcon69
06-23-2013, 02:00 PM
@ jason ....what kind of machine are you looking to build ?

I'm buiding a 4'x8' 3 axis with a 4th axis for a lathe on the side. I am hoping I will be able to mill a solid oak (or maple, or whatever) column that would be 8ft tall using the lathe. I only need a few more parts, but lately my interest has gone from the machine to designing and making a circuit board for limit switches. I don't know why, but I can't stop thinking about the circuit. Having too much fun with it I guess.

The machine will be built ridgid enough to mill aluminum without a problem. I'm going to be purchasing a 4kw (maybe even a 5kw) spindle motor. I'll also be placing t-tracks for holding down the aluminum, as well as a vaccum system with at least 8 zones (24"x24" area for each) I'll be buying 8 of the shopvac motors, I think each motor for each zone should be sufficient enough to suck through a 1/2" spoilboard and hold down a full sheet of 3/4 plywood or Acrylic. I'm hoping it will be enough suction that I can cut all the way through the Plywood in one pass, without leaving a skin.

rlockwood
06-30-2013, 09:27 PM
I'm in Longview, work in salmon creek. I consider myself both a trade machinist and hobby machinist, basically i'm an addict. Willing to assist or answer questions basically whenever; lots of experience with mach/linuxcnc, as well as fadal/fanuc.

Gallchobhair
07-01-2013, 10:11 AM
I live in Burien , Wa I am retired and building a hobby machine. I will be using Linuxcnc as a control software. I am very close to done. I just got all 3 axis working. My latest
problem is when I start Mymachine I get an error message about real time error. When I work this out I think I may be near ready to do a test cut. Not having anyone nearby that uses Linux or is into cnc makes things go slow. I have to ask all questions and get answers from forums. The Linuxcnc people have been great. If there are any users in the Burien Area I could use some input or help. Having contact with someone that is a cnc user would be a big help.

Thank You
Don

gigjoec
07-04-2013, 02:35 PM
I'm in Longview, work in salmon creek. I consider myself both a trade machinist and hobby machinist, basically i'm an addict. Willing to assist or answer questions basically whenever; lots of experience with mach/linuxcnc, as well as fadal/fanuc.

welcome rlockwood............ i live in woodland 1 mile off of I-5 so you drive pass twice a day feel free to stop by any time i'm home after 4 m-f , if you work in salmon creek is it possible you work at protech ?, i cant think of any place else in salmon creek that might have CNC's ...... i can be reached at 360.609.2171

joe

Grovist
09-07-2013, 11:03 PM
Hi All,

I am located near the Portland Airport. I've recently acquired a Tormach PCNC1100 Series III with 4th axis and duality lathe. After learning the basics of Sprutcam8, and setting up a basic tool library, I am just about ready to make some chips on a few parts I have been planning. However, I am new to machining, and would love some mentoring, especially with regard to tool selection and speeds/feeds. I downloaded the trial version of Gwizard, but I have found that it will give you a different result every time even if you input the exact same parameters. Therefore, I don't really trust it.

If anyone is interested in spending some time with me on the machine, I could trade some machine time, or barter something else for your time. Let me know. Thanks!

Vince

Falcon69
11-15-2013, 07:44 PM
Hi guys

I'm looking for people in the Portland/Vancouver area with working machines. I have some electronic switches I need to test against several different breakout boards. I could, in return, give some of the switches as a gift for letting me test them on your machine/breakout board. Even if you just have the break-out board, that would be good to, as long as it's hooked up somehow and working.

Let me know, and we can get together and do this!

Jason

lilmonster
01-07-2014, 10:28 AM
Hello Rlockwood. My name is Randy Guthrie. I have some questions I am trying to get answered and would like to open up a dialogue with you. I live in Yakima but am in Longview to see my mom quite often. What I am trying to do concerns Injection molding molds. My e-mail is LilMonster9@aol.com which might be easier as I don't know if I am notified of messages in here. Really hope to hear from you. Thanks much, Randy

Hey guys I'm sorry I thought this would go directly to Rlockwood. I should have sent it as a general shout- out. I am trying to find someone close to Yakima that has experience making molds for injection molding. I am looking for someone I can work with to make some money. Opportunity is there, I am trying to put my team together. Would like to talk with anyone interested.

rlockwood
01-08-2014, 03:38 PM
I'm mainly a prototype machinist, and as such have little experience with injection molds. Probably not the best fit :)

lilmonster
01-08-2014, 04:19 PM
Thanks for getting back to me. I am looking everywhere as I don't want to go to china for this. Yakima has 2 guys that could do it but the one guy I was working with basically flaked out so I'm looking everywhere .