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    LibreCAD

    You can always export your files in neutral CAD formats, like STEP, but of course that produces a dumb solid with no feature history. Better than nothing, though. At the beginning, Onshape allowed 10 private designs in a free account but people took advantage or it became too unwieldy to...
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    LibreCAD

    You might want to check out the free version of Onshape, which can apparently import 3DM files. The free version limits you to non-commercial work and public files, but that's not been a problem for my hobby work. It is a problem for some folks, though. It also runs in a browser, which means...
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    Lets Talk 6X4 Bandsaws !

    Wish I could help more then, but the closest I ever got to one was the manual. Good luck with the fix!
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    Lets Talk 6X4 Bandsaws !

    I don't know if you need it or not, but Vintage Machinery might have a manual for your saw. I have a PDF of the manual and saw blade instructions for the 4352 horizontal bandsaw if you want it. DM or PM me for a copy.
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    Hello from India

    You might be interested in building the 24-pounder cannon from Jerry Howell's plans: http://www.model-engine-plans.com/engineplans/bookshelf/cannon.htm
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    Ford 300 Inline Six

    FWIW, I've run SC 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 on my Win 7 system with no special problems. I'm about to switch to a new Win 10 system and will try SC 14 on that. One advantage to SC is that you can usually run multiple versions on the same system. A few versions back they started using the same HASP...
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    Ford 300 Inline Six

    Terry, I found that SC got much more user friendly around version 10 or so and has been getting better since. Or maybe I just learned to think more like they do. Beautiful work on the Ford engine model - very inspirational. Mike
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    Advice sought re: 3D printer purchase

    PrusaSlicer apparently runs under Linux, per the download link here: https://www.prusa3d.com/prusaslicer/ It's free, so why not try it out? It can be customized for other printer brands & models, I think but to my mind there's not much reason for anyone to look beyond Prusa for their 1st...
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    Printer Calibration

    I have a Prusa I3 Mk3s and have been printing some fairly detailed parts to make R/C vehicles. Some of the parts need to be accurate in certain features, such as the bores needed to seat radial bearings or rods that slide inside of a cylinder. I was having a lot of problems with parts fitting...
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    Precision Gauge Blocks

    I have a used Mitutuyo gauge block set of unknown quality and an import set and use them just often enough to make them worth their cost. I tend to use gauge pins a lot more often to check sizes of holes that are too small for the usual hole measuring instruments. For larger holes where...
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    Let's talk drilling...

    Thanks Rich - still learning something new every day. Looks like I'll be picking up some carbide spot drills in larger diameters.
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    Let's talk drilling...

    Hi Rich, What are your thoughts on using a spot drill to start holes that don't have sizes common to ball end mills? Mike
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    Band saws

    I have 3 band saws, a 20-yo Jet 4x6, a 50/60's era Craftsman 12-in vertical with dual WW/MW speeds and a Roll-in EF1459. The Jet gets used for round stock and small rectangular stock, the Craftsman for sheet metal and the Roll-in for plate mostly and a bit of larger diameter round stock. The...
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    Shop equipment options

    I've had a Tormach PCNC 1100 since 2006 for mostly hobby and some light job shop use and it has held up well over the years and is pretty inexpensive to maintain so far as spare parts go. If you go looking for a used one be aware that the 1100 has been released in various models over the years...
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    Linux "Q4OS"

    Can it read Alibre CAD files?
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