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How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!


well, this ought to keep him there for at least 5 hours...
(Nobody forced him to do this lol, he wanted to)

after about a half an hour, and about a quarter of an inch of a cut, we really needed to use the bandsaw for other things.
so me and one of my fellow teammates broke "the beast" out of its hiding place, and spent a good 10 minutes oiling it and making it run good...

this is "the beast":



Estimated time for freshman to cut block: 5 hours.
Actual time for the beast to cut the block: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Oil used: about a quart. Almost every seal on the machine leaks constantly...there was a nice puddle on the cart that it sits on when it was done.
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

o_O 5 hours I wonder how fun that was.
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

He didnt actually sit there for 5 hours and cut the whole thing...
we only needed one slice cut off.
I thought I said that after a half an hour, we booted him off and fed the chunk to the beast...

It was kinda funny watching him attempt to cut it though
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

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He didnt actually sit there for 5 hours and cut the whole thing...
we only needed one slice cut off.
I thought I said that after a half an hour, we booted him off and fed the chunk to the beast...

It was kinda funny watching him attempt to cut it though
What did you even use that slice of metal for?
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

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What did you even use that slice of metal for?
we had to machine some pillow blocks.
The slice took alot less time to cut into squares once it was thin enough.

we also made spacers, and some other parts that have a purpose, but I am not sure what for yet...

we usually have smaller blocks of aluminum stock around the shop, but we used most of them last year, and never got around to buying more.
this was the only piece of raw stock we had left lol

my team does ALOT of custom machining.

every moving part on our robot this year is held on with a custom milled block or bracket.
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

We have a power hacksaw almost like that too. Beast is an appropriate name, but the darn thing DOES work.
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

Hahah, I wish we had a way to keep our freshmen busy like that. But hey, at least they learned what NOT to cut huge metal blocks with.
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

Keeping the freshman busy is to have them cut drive shaft that has the special coating and the hard stuff, not soft. She got about 1/8 into it before I had to take over and I got another 1/8 into before I had to leave. We only have a hacksaw. And then they decided not to use it altogether so that was a waste of an evening for me but it was fun.

Sorting out the drill bits is another fun task!
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

That brings me back! My freshman year, I made the mistake of trying to do that with a bandsaw meant for wood. That was a lesson.
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

One of these days we'll have to see if we can get this thing running....
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

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What did you even use that slice of metal for?
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

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One of these days we'll have to see if we can get this thing running....
It is a great off-season activity.

These machines are a GODSEND!
They will cut basically ANYTHING.
We cut a frozen loaf of bread with ours once for a little fun video our website guy was making.
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That brings me back! My freshman year, I made the mistake of trying to do that with a bandsaw meant for wood. That was a lesson.
Our bandsaw IS meant for wood lol
well, not really anymore...we got a new blade.
It still cuts VERY SLOW
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Keeping the freshman busy is to have them cut drive shaft that has the special coating and the hard stuff, not soft. She got about 1/8 into it before I had to take over and I got another 1/8 into before I had to leave. We only have a hacksaw. And then they decided not to use it altogether so that was a waste of an evening for me but it was fun.

Sorting out the drill bits is another fun task!
I had to cut the hardened steel shaft of a cim last year with a dremel...I think I broke like 7 disks...
but it was necessary to the design of the cool helical gearbox I designed for our conveyor system...
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Re: How to keep a freshman busy: an easy HOW-TO guide!

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One of these days we'll have to see if we can get this thing running....
where would you get a monster saw like that? my team only has access to miter saws and band saws on a regularly and even with proper blades its not pretty cutting thick metal
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