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The Design Shop / Re: Surface grinder concept/project
« Last post by BillTodd on July 12, 2024, 04:12:46 PM »
Small update:

I've acquired a nice Eclipse 14 x 6 magnetic chuck  and updated the design slightly to incorporate some 40x40 and 80x40 extrusion for T slots and slide support.
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Jensen 20g Steam Engine Driven Leonardo DaVinci Mechanical Drum.
This was a lot of fun to make and to modify, the mods made the kit a real model or toy steam engine accessory. Its extremely loud in use!
It was easy to spray paint the kit before assembly and to make the drive pulley on my metal lathe out of aluminum and the drive belt is O ring super glued together. The timber plinth I routed is just plain stained pine and three coats of marine spar varnish.

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Software Tools / Re: Moving from Windows 7 to windows 10 - testing 1-2-3
« Last post by sorveltaja on July 11, 2024, 05:46:26 PM »
An update - unfortunately nothing new (yet I hope).

So, after moving not once but twice this spring, I don't have much room to set up tools for machining anymore. Hmm... what to do then?

Well, one thing that doesn't take plenty of room - playing with computer! PC is actually one of the first things I have to get working after moving.

Anyways, I decided to revisit Win10 and see what actually prevented me using it. Yes, major problem is its very limited(or prohibited) ways to modify its gui(graphical user interface).

So far I've ran it in Oracle VM (as I did previously also). It's still the same debloated W10 Ltsc 21H2 image(iso file).

Some free tools that are available to modify gui colors and such - by using them, I just can't get anything that I'd expect.

One big thing that's missing in W10 is the possibility to make active/inactive windows visually separable(although it can be done) - like it was in W7 and W2000/XP and whatever, if that makes sense.

And W10's default font sucks(my personal preference), but it just might be possible to change that. I prefer Tahoma Bold font in window's title bars.

In short, to "7 windowize" W10 gui to utilize it better. As probably mentioned earlier, it has to do with high contrast themes(also known as ease of access for visually impaired) and registry hacks.

I've done some testing, and finally W10 gui colors are closer to what I'm used to with W7. There are some quirks, though. The way that certain colors are used/applied/tied together with other objects in W10 is just weird.

As I've searched and searched on the net for possible solution, eventually I hit the bottom, or so it seems.

There are plenty of options to try out, though. Some are free and some are not.

Basically, just to get taskbar color changed to light gray as a personal preference (RGB 212 208 200), requires something (program or service)  that needs to be started with windows, and which then needs to hang all the time on the background.

One thing that might (not sure at this point) be worth tinkering with is Msstyle editor (which is free). But it has so god damn many 'classes' to go through. And every class has its own sub things called property.

I'm not interested in duplicating Win7 GUI per se, as some do. "All the start menus and 3D buttons have to be exactly like in Win7" - for what - I don't know.

But what I know (although I'm not a pro in any way) is when I'm doing some demanding things (like using several progs at a time, and dozens of windows open), that the screen I'm watching is clear, and not restricted with some dumb things like Win10's restricted color modifiability.

In other words, to forget the Windows, and do the stuff instead, as one Youtuber aptly said.

Bit of a rant, but I guess I'm not alone with this. 

Anyways, hoping to extend my ability to search more about the subject, I started using ChatGPT, as it's free (and I assume it has a large database).

I certainly don't expect it to spew any Microsoft's insider info, but rather looking ways to squeeze something useful out of it, if possible.
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Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by Dell on July 10, 2024, 02:11:50 PM »
The aluminium block is fixed but possibly just to store the bits, the bit that looks like a universal joint comes out and is a perfect fit in the graduation part and the other part with the bit that looks like a flag on just slides under the retainer spring clip not June what that is either.
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Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by philf on July 10, 2024, 12:13:24 PM »
Are you absolutely sure it's fixed?

It looks as though it may fit where the circular graduated fixture fits on the table.

It may be angled for doing the ends of slot drills or end mills.

Phil.
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Tools / Re: Any YAG laser experts here ?
« Last post by BillTodd on July 10, 2024, 05:52:14 AM »
The engraver is now in the hands of Dan from the eevblog , who has already got it working partially.
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Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by BillTodd on July 10, 2024, 05:50:21 AM »
I wonder if that 'ball turner' maybe a simple radius dresser ?
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Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by Dell on July 10, 2024, 02:58:26 AM »
I suppose you could use that part for ball turning but it is very small but then if it was for a watchmakers lathe then it would need to be small but it fits the grinder perfectly, anyway I have totally stripped, cleaned & rebuilt the grinder including replacing spindle bearings & replacing the motor & mounted it onto a box with the power supply and switch, I have ground a graver just to test it all works & it did that without any bother, I just need to work everything out & probably make some other fittings to be able to sharpen small drill bit & make D bits & sort a way to index slitting saw blades they are only 20mm diameter by 0.3mm to 0.7mm thick & Thornton type teeth cutters.
I canít work out what the ringed part is for it is fixed
Dell
 
 
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The Water Cooler / Re: Quiet around here...
« Last post by russ57 on July 07, 2024, 08:53:28 AM »
Good to hear from you all...
Fingers crossed for motivational weather and interesting projects..
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Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by shipto on July 06, 2024, 06:37:48 PM »
Last looks like a ball cutter. It all looks like a neat little machine though :thumbup:
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