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ER16 Collet and Nut Assembly

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Some first time Taig buyers are unfamiliar with the ER collet system. I have heard from some who believe their system has a defective collet nut because there is an eccentric machining evident inside the nut. This is intentional with ER collets as this off-center ridge or ring engages the groove in the collet.  It is off center so the col...
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Electronic Z-height Gauges and Taig Mill Beds

Z-Height Guage
The Taig mill bed presents a problem for CNC or manual users who intend to use an electrical "continuity" type Z-height setting gauge. The type that illuminate an LED in the gauge or connect directly to the CNC control system. Here is a link to a solution used in T he Hobbyist's Machine Shop . It discusses the problem illustrates how to solve it. h...
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Taig Super Micro-Mill

The 24,000 RPM water cooled spindle is now fully operational on the Taig Micro-Mill. This 1 horsepower spindle is certainly far more power than is required. Cutting my wax masters it is operating at 1/10 hp. Gosh, only ten times more power available than needed. Nothing wasted though, as the VFD does a great job at regulating power consumption. It ...
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Lost Wax Carving with a Taig CNC Micro-mill

The Taig CNC Micro-mill is a smooth and accurate wax milling system for carving master models for my lost wax cast jewelry creations. Wax carving uses tools with end diameters down to 0.003 inches with step-over of only 20 percent. This requires five passes to cut the width of the tool. Wax carving requires a tremendous amount of movement action fr...
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