@TechnicalKO The Deed is Done. Smiffytech has been nudged back to what I really want to do, another company (letting accountant thrash that out with my boss, it’s just a paper exercise) will be doing the day gig.
So I just ordered a cheapie CNC router where you can swap the spindle motor/chuck out for a 500mW (not MW as per listing!) laser head. Plan is to get the feel with that, then split for anything bigger, a CNC’d Sieg mill, and a 40W laster cutter.
@TechnicalKO …some early photography, as in getting dirty with chemicals. From scratch.
I was on my way to this 7 years ago, before the bugs made things go pear-shaped, but I’ve woken up to boxes of - STUFF. Why, yes, I have. 240V to 18V silly Amps surplus electroplating transformer. And a 15A (at 240V!) Variac, a huge (and earth-bonded) shed. Cutting a short story long, I’ve got nearly everything I need to kick this back into action, and most definitely inviting you along for the ride.
@grumpysmiffy This sounds amazing. AMAZING.
@grumpysmiffy Have a look at what my mate made a few years ago:
@TechnicalKO Interesting. I need - to start keeping my eye open for early C20th books, along the lines of “101 incredibly dangerous things a boy can do!” as there is a wealth of (OH&S-unaware) wisdom that might be had. Also the SciAm Amateur Scientist articles, which I used to have on CD. And, of course, my ancient Machinery’s Handbook.
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