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looks great that uk. will try that :) did you need to use a lubricant?

rick.

 

No lube Rick, just a sharp cutter. looks great, customers are really impressed.

By the way The Pig engraved it. We nearly always do em this way, repeat orders come when they show their mates in the pub. because it is more impressive than a drag diamond. especially on brushed chrome.

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Thats why I endorse the 400's because it is easy to solve this problem, I can't speak for the m40g as I haven't used one,,, But if this machine can't be levelled up you'll have to use a nose cone.

 

Why have they taken it away if its unfixable, whats the next step. If they have taken it away I presume they are addressing the problem??

If they are addressing the problem then its unfair to give such a vague account of the problem.

 

I will ask michel if this is unfixable.

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It was unfixable in the words of the engineer.(he couldnt fix it on site in front of me?)

Ive been left with the reps machine which does the job it says it does on the tin :wink:

The machine I bought in my opinion was unfit for sale under the Sales of goods act which

 

Wherever goods are bought they must "conform to contract". This means they must be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality (i.e. not inherently faulty at the time of sale).

 

So Im not being vague, as Im trying to keep up with things as we go along.

 

Michel has been a man true to his word and I cant fault his efforts but "they" still sold me a pile of M40g

 

We will see how things turn out.

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Sorry Hibs, I didn't word the post well. what I was getting at is the fact that you didn't mention they'd left you with a machine while they fixed the "unfixable" problem.

This is good service in my opinion, and it would have been fairer on the company involved if you'd mentioned the fact that they were dealing with the problem in the correct manner :)

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This has been a common problem for me over the years, its happened on nearly every machine I've used.

 

First thing to check is the the thickness of the material, using a micrometer.

Even though the acrylic is sold at 1.6mm thick, it usually varies quite considerably. This is a massive factor when engraving at such fine depths as 0.2 of a mm and has been the cause of many a problem for myself.

 

As far as the level bed goes, I always "skim" the surface of the bed.

Using a very wide cutter and programming a filled rectangle the same size as the bed. It takes a while, but always guarantees the bed will be level with the cutting spindle. I have found this is the only way you can get the bed to be perfectly aligned with the spindle on these types of machine.

Be careful - only skim at depths of 0.2mm at a time.

You will find quite a large difference in depths at different places on the bed. Repeat the skim, unit all of the bed has had some of its surface skimmed away!

 

Hope this helps! :D

 

Kev

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Its nothing major steve, and can be sorted easily looking at your picture you only need to adjust one point.

the bed is held on by 3 points, 2 nearest the head of the machine, and one nearest to you as you stand facing your machine.

take out the screw that holds the bed in place, and you will see a brass insert that can be screwed up or down, this will alter the tilt that you seem to have.(looking at you picture)

try turning the brass insert half a turn anti clock wise, this will certainly make the problem better, then try it out, you should be able to cure it with a little trial and error.

Hope this helps.

 

Get to know your machine as best you can, you will get more confident & be able to sort most problems yourself, instead of getting frustrated and stressed and wanting to hit out at manufacturers who can't possibly be at everyones beck and call 24/7 :wink:

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Yes UK you're right.

 

I should have mentioned that all the machines I'd skimmed were at least 10 years old.

 

I remember one of my old bosses walking in on me skimming the machine once - he was absolutley livid about what I was doing to his machine that he'd paid so much for!

 

Although, to be fair, he did congratulate me once he saw the effect it had on the engraving afterwards and insisted I skimmed it once a year from then on!

 

Yes, a radical solution it may be - a great one for those with machines that are over a certain age and out of warranty, but probably not the correct one in this circumstance.

 

Try the micrometer on the material too - you'll be amazed at some of the variation over a small area

 

Kev

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