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Micro Drill Press

I have a customer that contacted me and is interested in a very small but accurate drill press. So am I, as I have been using my Foredom handpiece to chuck small drill bits and make tiny holes in my jewelry work. The Foredom works because I am very careful. However a small drill press would be much ...b2ap3_thumbnail_38128.jpg
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3 Buns in the Oven

I just put three flasks into the kiln. It's been preheated to 300 degrees (f) and the flasks will set in the kiln for three hours at this temperature. This is to permit as much of the wax as possible to liquefy and drain out. Sorta works OK. Then the pan on the bottom is removed (it is there to cat...b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC06232.jpg
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Rubber Molds on Holds

I did a lot of investigation into using rubber molds to increase my production. I think that process is likely in my future, but the key word here is future. I am being put off by the high entry cost for the necessary equipment compared to the amount of use it will receive at this point. The minimu...b2ap3_thumbnail_inject.png
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Production Increasing

  I whipped up a batch of new silver pendents yesterday. Three were carved on the Taig CNC mill and the heart with the celtic knot was hand carved. The top two are duplicates of what I have made previously. The bottom two are new designs. Actually it takes more than a day to make these, but I...b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC06123.jpg
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My CNC Wax Mill

This is my newer Taig CNC mill that I have set up for doing 4 axis wax carving.  I am standing in a narrow isle between the HB2 gantry CNC machine to my left (picture right) and the Taig mill. The taig has run several projects and has about 8 hours run time. The spindle bearings are actua...b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC06104.jpg
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