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Looking for a DFW users group to help fuel my knowledge in CNC.
How about a few CNC'ers in the North Dallas area (Allen, Plano) that would be interested in talking shop?

contact me off list. i can help.
Tom Caudle
ww.CandCNC.com
direct e-mail and phone numbers on the website

I am interested in starting something
Tom
Plano Texas

I am interested as well!
North Dallas

Fantastic,
That makes three of us in the North Dallas area. I live in the Allen area, lets agree to a day to meet up and exchange experiences. I'm sure there is wisdom that each of can share.
I'm a rider (motorcycle) and on Wednesday a few of us gather up and ride out to dinner. If interested in that, I'd be happy to share dinner with you.
Lets try for a Thursday? We could meet up at a dinner joint and share stories while enjoying a meal. I'm a patio kind of person unless its hot enough to melt candle wax in the heat. I'm thinking of a place long 75. Jakes Burgers off of (Park or Parker?)comes to mind. They're off the same street as Target is there in Plano.
To give some ideas of what I have to offer as for experience:
I design with Alibre and I create my g-code with Mecsoft version 6.0. My machine is run with EMC and I've cut plastic, mdf and T6061 Aluminum with it.
Looking forward to talk shop.

I am on the S edge of Dallas. Running DIY indexer that can route 20" by 128" and turn columns 18" by 10' running MACH3.

i'm in n.e texas in paris and new to this too so any help would be nice

I am in Gladewater Texas and would be interested in meeting to talk shop

I am also from Plano. I hope it's not too late to share in the fun with ya'll. As for me, I am a Newbie trying to get my shop together.

bakerj99,
Paris, so am I.
Feel free to PM and we can meet up.

I live in Flower Mound and trying to meet up with some other CNC people. Have you guys organized anything yet?
Joe

Hi i am near the carthage , tx area and want to eventually have me a cnc machine. would be interested if ya'll have a get together to learn more about cnc. i am totally new at this. would like to make signs etc. jerryf123

I am in Gladewater Texas and would be interested in meeting to talk shop

Hi Sprint 77, i am near the carthage, tx area and am a newbie to cnc but am very interested. is there any kind of organization in longview or area where we can get together and learn more about cnc. Am interested in signs, etc. starting as a hobby maybe becoming a business. thanks. jerryf123

It seems we have a few north Texas people that want to meet up to talk shop. Any suggestions as to where w could meet or talk?
I've got a few projects that I'd like to get off my design table and actually start making. My shop isn't running at the moment and I'd be happy to share in the manufacturing of my designs with someone else
send me a PM if any of you are interested.
Thanks

I am game
Tom

JB MACHINE here in the san antonio area - working on firing up a Acra 3 axis cnc mill #30 taper - custom build mach 3 console with pc and lcd etc..
jb-machine.com for contact info
Take it easy

Now we are talking .....
I live in Forney, and have wondered how many of us are "out there"
looking for a place to happen.
I can drive just about anywhere for a get together.

My good friend and I are midway into a Joe's 4x4 Hybrid build in Las Colinas. You can check out our progress here: http://lascolinascnc.wordpress.com/ I'd love to have some sort of dinner meet with all the local CNC enthusiasts to talk shop, since we're discovering there's a lot of "community knowledge" that isn't really down on paper anywhere.
Is there some kind of central location that looks like it would work for everyone? I'm guessing the "center point" is somewhere in north Dallas along 635, maybe between the Tollway and Central. Maybe a restaurant with big tables or private rooms that would work for a good sized group. It probably all depends on how many we have, if we've got less then 10 it will be easy, if we've got 20 it will be pretty rough. I'm going to go ahead and throw out a few places I like that I know have back rooms or private rooms: Cantina Laredo (On Lovers), Celebration, Maggiano's (expensive), Royal China, Benihana (expensive). Maybe we should all agree on a cuisine first then find a place? I'll eat pretty much anything, but my build partner will probably say no to anything more exotic than Mexican or Chinese.
I'll also go ahead and open the possibility of some kind of potluck / BBQ grill out next weekend or some other time. I don't know if anyone would be willing to host this unfortunately.

hi guys. i finally got around to registering. i've been a little too busy to make much progress on the mill lately, but i'd still love to make it out to another meet-up.
check out the mill progress at http://www.lascolinascnc.com/
-Brian

If you guys don't mind driving North of the Metroplex on a Saturday in Sept to a CNC shop with AC and a good local eatery (Ponder TX) then I will set up a FREE mini workshop and do a one hour class on "Basic Electronics for CNC Builders". It will cover the concepts of voltage, current, power supplies, motors (steppers & servos) and wiring. Non-product specific. I have a Datashow and my class will be from training classes I have given over the years. If you want to bring a USB thumb drive (Memory Stick) with pictures or short movies of your stuff in progress we can project that in living color! I will bring some motors and drives and a laptop with MACH and SheetCAM. The door prize will be a UBOB Builders Kit from CandCNC.
The drive is only about 30 to 40 minutes North of DFW Airport. It's close enough to Denton to run there for lunch if you want (or eat at the famous Ponder Steak House). I would rather help sponsor an independent group than set up something that is a stealth marketing program.
The shop has a big VMC (Vertical Machining Center) and a running CNC plasma table. If anybody has a small table/mill that is finished or just that needs the electronics to run, they are welcome to bring it. I will see if I can get one of the local guys to bring his finished router table (18 X 24) and we can have some fun with cutting some do-dads.
Elect a spokesperson and have them contact me so i can get things setup.
You may find there are builders all over Texas and South Oklahoma that are potential members.
TOM Caudle
www.CandCNC.com

Joe I hear you are coming up from San Antonio.
Look me up. Bosch color scheme 4x4......

Hi I'm in Farmers Branch, I would like to go to the next meet. I'm just getting started. I have a Taig cnc mill and a south bend lathe that I might retrofit.

BIGTEX let me know if I can call again, I have a couple more questions.
Thanks

Anyone around Denton? I'm a college student with no CnC machine (no room) but many projects over the years that need one! I know about electronics and have been looking for quite awhile for someone with a CnC machine that might share my hobby. My current projects are building a UV exposure box to help make PCBs and using an ATMEGA328 (Arduino) chip to build a word clock. Anyone around?

Big Tex is in North Dallas an I am in Lancaster on the south edge Dallas at I35E and I20. Glad to help and have a 4by4 router and 18" by 10' four axis indexer. Running Mach 3. Feel free to call 7 days 0800 to 2100 at 972-227-2741. My site www.turningaround.org.
Be glad to offer use of my machines for CAD help or a couple of soft drinks.

My advice is use your schools machine shop while you can

Big Tex is in North Dallas an I am in Lancaster on the south edge Dallas at I35E and I20. Glad to help and have a 4by4 router and 18" by 10' four axis indexer. Running Mach 3. Feel free to call 7 days 0800 to 2100 at 972-227-2741. My site www.turningaround.org.
Be glad to offer use of my machines for CAD help or a couple of soft drinks.

Art Ransom, thanks for the reply. That is a great setup you have there! I am learning CAD rapidly so I will keep this in mind.

My advice is use your schools machine shop while you can

I wish, but I don't have access to it.

I'm gonna jump in here just to say hi. I'm in Sanger, just north of Denton. I build choppers and hotrods and components for both. Been in and out of cnc zone for years but have never had or used a cnc machine. That is now changing. I just bought a Matsuura RA-1 VMC. I'm in the process of setting it up now. Hope to turn on the power button next week. I know this is not really the kind of machine that most on the Zone are into but I need production capabilities. I've been working my way through Peter Smid's books but I'm feeling a little lost at the moment. I run Alibre CAD Pro and CAM
Standard so I'm hoping that that will take some of the sting out of learning to code. Would certainly like to meet others in the area that might be able to help me along.
I know how everyone is here about pics so here's one of the machine a couple days before the riggers moved it to my shop. Still running parts.
Bob
IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/badman14/IMG_4205.jpg)

Alex, Phoenix and I are in Irving. We've got a Joe's Hybrid 4x4, and Cut2D from Vectric. PM me if you'd like to come check out our setup and maybe get some dinner.

Alex, Phoenix and I are in Irving. We've got a Joe's Hybrid 4x4, and Cut2D from Vectric. PM me if you'd like to come check out our setup and maybe get some dinner.

Hey guys, sounds like a good setup. I would definitely like to come check it out sometime soon. I really like Joe's machines!

Anyone around Denton? I'm a college student with no CnC machine (no room) but many projects over the years that need one! I know about electronics and have been looking for quite awhile for someone with a CnC machine that might share my hobby. My current projects are building a UV exposure box to help make PCBs and using an ATMEGA328 (Arduino) chip to build a word clock. Anyone around?

I am in Plano 121 and Preston Rd area. 972 3 4 2 7 6 3 3 you may call me after 6 m-f sat and sun I am open unless I am swamped with projects.

Just wanted to do a quick introduction.
I've got lot's of metal working experience, but very very little machining. I can weld; tig, mig, braze, acy/ox. Do sheetmetal work and have fabricated many car parts.
Earlier this week I bought a Vernon Mill/Jig borer. The machine is in great shape with no damage to any of the ways, runs quiet and smooth and comes with a complete set of collects upto 1" and a nice tool vice. Info on the mill here: http://www.lathes.co.uk/vernon/. The mill should be at my house in another week or so and then I've got the make a chip screen to keep the carnage somewhat contained. So it'll be a few days before I machine anything.
For now my plan is to mostly focus on making some parts to help with machining, t-nuts, clamps and maybe a larger vice. I've started collecting tooling, planning to install DRO soon and retrofitting the mill with CNC soon after.
Longer term I want to be able to do some milling of Aluminum, I've got a casting setup and want to be able to mill home cast custom or reproduction car parts.
I've started reading some books to get me up to speed on terminology and plan on finding a local machining guru to help setup the mill and give me some introduction lessons. If anyone reading this lives in the Plano/Richardson/Allen TX area and could help me with some in person tips I would like to hear from you.

Just wanted to do a quick introduction.
I've got lot's of metal working experience, but very very little machining. I can weld; tig, mig, braze, acy/ox. Do sheetmetal work and have fabricated many car parts.
Earlier this week I bought a Vernon Mill/Jig borer. The machine is in great shape with no damage to any of the ways, runs quiet and smooth and comes with a complete set of collects upto 1" and a nice tool vice. Info on the mill here: http://www.lathes.co.uk/vernon/. The mill should be at my house in another week or so and then I've got the make a chip screen to keep the carnage somewhat contained. So it'll be a few days before I machine anything.
For now my plan is to mostly focus on making some parts to help with machining, t-nuts, clamps and maybe a larger vice. I've started collecting tooling, planning to install DRO soon and retrofitting the mill with CNC soon after.
Longer term I want to be able to do some milling of Aluminum, I've got a casting setup and want to be able to mill home cast custom or reproduction car parts.
I've started reading some books to get me up to speed on terminology and plan on finding a local machining guru to help setup the mill and give me some introduction lessons. If anyone reading this lives in the Plano/Richardson/Allen TX area and could help me with some in person tips I would like to hear from you.

I'm in Farmers Branch, so Pm me if you would like to meet sometime.
Mike

Haven't heard from this group in some time now. Any meet up's on the agenda? Any interest in doing so?
I've finally got my shop built out and I'm in production. Still in the learning curve but non the less, I'm in production! I'm learning that I don't have enough time in my days to do every thing. So, I'm starting to think that taking on an apprentice might help.

Joe I hear you are coming up from San Antonio.
Look me up. Bosch color scheme 4x4......

I will be there sat. morning.
I'm trying to find your build.

Phoenix and I are going to try to make it out there today. We look forward to seeing any of you who make it. Anyone have any suggestions for a good place to eat out there? Maybe Railhead BBQ?

When is the next meeting?
Tom

Farmer's Branch, eh?
Lived in Carrollton for 35 years.
Sister lives in FB.
PM me and we can maybe setup a meet.

I think we should take a vote between Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd, then vote on area, then vote on venues. I'm personally fine with either date, so if someone has an objection say so now or we'll just schedule for Saturday.

Saturday the 22 is fine with me.
I'm in Plano, TX. So, doesn't matter to me where we meet at.
I'm in the process of finding a house with a garage for my shop. Come end of October, I plan to be in full swing cutting parts etc. I'm sharing this because I may be looking for some help in manufacturing some parts.
I enjoy the last meet up to talk shop. Looking forward to it again.
I did the work shop event and got a few things out of it. I think doing that is very beneficial to the group. I think I'd be up for teaching an entry call on Alibre CAD/CAM. I can get entry Alibre CAD/CAM CD's to hand out (80% sure). I'm no pro at it yet, but I've learned a few techniques along the way.

Hi guy's I live in the mid cities and am up for whatever & whenever. kind of got away from it but hopefully back on track. good to see some activity around town. looking forward to it
tks gary

Keep it up North, Plano would be nice............

agree with that.. Plano

its coming up on Saturday the 22 and there's response in interest but no places have been mentioned.
There is a place called:
Big Easy
www.bigeasyplano.com
1915 N Central Expy # 200
Plano, TX 75075-6984
(972) 424-5261
I mention this place because they have a back eating area. It's awesome Cajun food and the price is fairly cheap.
Anyone else suggesting a place to meet?
Say we meet about 1pm?
Or do we want to do early and meet for breakfast?

osphoto .....
I'm onboard for Bigeasy.
Think, I would prefer lunch time over breakfast.
But I'm "easy" if everyone else wants to do different.

That's two people so far that are planning to make this trip. Any more going to make it out?

schilpr
Welcome to the group. I live in Forney but still visit my sister in F.B.
Send me a pm, we can meet and I'll give you my 2 cents worth.
Aluminum Casting ?? I'm designing a blower manifold for an old Hemi motor.
How big a part can you do ?

osphoto,
pm me about your shop location, need to talk.

I'm pretty interested in the whole aluminum casting thing too. I've heard people are doing that in home shops now but it seems kind of a dangerous thing to learn without instruction.

schilpr
Welcome to the group. I live in Forney but still visit my sister in F.B.
Send me a pm, we can meet and I'll give you my 2 cents worth.
Aluminum Casting ?? I'm designing a blower manifold for an old Hemi motor.
How big a part can you do ?

I'm pretty interested in the whole aluminum casting thing too. I've heard people are doing that in home shops now but it seems kind of a dangerous thing to learn without instruction.

Not as dangerous as you think.. just think before you do. Not any worse then welding, grinding or plasma cutting.
I build my own kiln, out of a flower pot, cement and thin galvanized sheet, fired with charcoal and a hairdryer. Made a crucible out of red iron pipe.
The biggest problem I have is getting the casting sand just right.. still working on that.
The easiest method is to machine something from foam (on a CNC would be great, that's what I want my CNC mill for) put that in sand and then cast it.. it would dissolve the foam and leave an aluminum part looking exactly like the CNC form. You do have to keep in mind that Al shrinks upto 7% after casting.. so allow for shrinkage.
Materials are cheap. I have lot's of old engine parts (pistons, intakes, bellhousing, water pumps) that I melt down into ingots that I make in a muffin pan. Those ingots are then used to cast my parts.
Big thing is: Do it outside and DO NOT cast above concrete (concrete explodes when you dump molten metals on it)

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