I'm taking machining/casting classes

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  1. d mc gee

    d mc gee Been here awhile

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    Figure out something you need for your model A/T project.:thumb
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  2. Driver72

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    1. Take a block of aluminum (or whatever you like) and machine a cube with dimensions of 2.000" x 2.000" plus/minus .001

    2. Locate center of each side and bore a 1.000" diameter round hole on each side of the cube to a depth of .500"

    Make sure your set-up is rock solid and the soon to created inside cube is well clamped and supported. Good set-up practice...

    Finish up with a boring bar set-up to clean up. Hand manipulation of the mill table will be needed.

    3. The resulting cube inside of a cube will mess with the average persons mind. Truly fitting a square peg through a round hole.

    Don't forget to break all edges and de-burr as required and use all appropriate PPE.
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  3. P B G

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    I'd bet he's made a turner's cube already
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  7. Cumminsman76

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    But he could cast one.:evil
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  8. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    (Model A) That's not a bad idea.. but I just bought a huge batch of parts and can't think of anything else. :lol3 A skull shift knob isn't a bad idea, though.

    I just recently bought a 100 year old line shaft lathe. The only thing broken on it is an edge of one knob for the cross feed. I was thinking of casting a new one, but I figured I could just machine one out of scrap I have laying around the shop.

    That's the dilema. I couldn't think of anything (small) that would be cool to cast, and not easy enough to just machine up in an hour.
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  9. P B G

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    What about an oil or gas cap for your A?

    You might have to machine it to final fit, but you could cast close for the course.

    Can you get any detail into the casting with the course foam? Maybe with a soldering iron you could burn something into the cap?
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  10. PoundSand

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    seems like you care enough to take a class only if it "counts" - i.e. took this for a 3rd minor... ;D

    btw, what are you going to do after you graduate? maybe make something related to aerospace if you want a job in that field...
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  11. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Nope. Music Appreciation, Music Theory 1, Music Theory 2, Guitar 1, Guitar 2, English 2, and probably a couple others don't count for anything. I was taking them for fun while I built up my math since my degree starts counting math at Calculus 1. Since I placed in Beginning Algebra (:lol3), I had like 2 years of fluff classes surrounding my math (Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry) up to Calc 1.

    I got a math minor because it was just 2 more math classes outside my degree. My degree counts Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, Diff Eq, and one more of the students choice. Since I transferred to the university, I had a year of schedule juggling to get on their course. I took Linear Algebra, Engineering Statistics, and Math Modeling. I had time to finish this and;

    My explosives minor (and certificate) has absolutely nothing in common with any other minor or my major. That's for the sheer enjoyment of blowing shit up and having that particular teacher.

    What sparked my interest in a Materials minor was the Manufacturing Technology class. Then, I heard some girl talking about taking a glass blowing class. I though that'd be cool, but in the search for finding it, I saw Metals Casting. So, I chose that.

    In other words, these are classes I want to (and do) take, but I might as well make them count for something, right?

    I hope to become a rich and famous musician.

    :lol3

    /life story
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  12. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    I was gonna work at the foundry but just couldn't cope. Just as well, as I found it all to be a drag. :D
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  14. crazydrummerdude

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    "[Machining] seriously takes absolutely no skill at all. It's so easy." said the guy with the popped collar standing next to me. Both labs, he's been the one who shuffles his feet the loudest (why do people do that on bare concrete?), doesn't wear the lab jacket, and is the only one in class who puts his safety glasses on the top of his head.

    Week 3: I cast my little styrofoam shot glass. We set it up in the same cope/drag, with the green sand. We didn't jolt/squeeze it, though, but packed it in by hand. It's pretty rough, so I think I'm going to put it on the lathe on my own at home. Some other kid made a plum bob, someone made a cube (:lol3) and I couldn't really tell what the other stuff was. I'll post some pictures (and a video) Friday.
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  15. BubbaZanetti

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    so you've been in school for about 12 years is what you're trying to say:lol3

    i don't think i ever took a class in college that required standing up. fyi, minors count for nothing outside college, not that it matters, its why i switched one to a dual major and only took history and political science classes for 2 straight years.
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  17. TeneRay

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    rolla...i'm guessing you go to UMR/MS&T. There's a wire EDM somewhere on campus that some of the design team students have access to for cutting their parts. when i took ME153, some had access to the EDM so they made cool things like their greek frat letters. for designing, i think you just use autocad. probably won't have access unless you're on a team (join baja :evil). just cast the entire block and take it to a recycling center for some cash.

    is randall teaching the class?
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  19. PoundSand

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    i can't help with that, but i couldda maybe helped w/ that ae thing. ;D

    except for languages.
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  20. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Maybe.

    :D

    I believe so.

    :huh

    Who are you talking to?

    Pretty much. Started off half time at the community college.

    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though.

    My math minor might not count for anything. But, my explosives minor and what little I have of my materials minor so far, have actually both led to job leads.

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    I will end up machining it. I suppose I could have used a soldering gun or something on the original styrofoam mold, but I didn't have any on hand.
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