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    Could this be the milling machine of the future?Check this out:
    http://www.hexel.com/hexabot.htm

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    GADZOOKS!!!

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    • #3
      Yeah, that was in machine design magazine a while back. Kinda cool, actually.
      Glad I didn't have to write the control code for all those angles.

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      • #4
        Model Engineer had a while back an article on a 150 Spindle HP 6 axis made in the USA. It has laser interferometers to measure leg length. Needs a supercomputer to run it.

        But that is definitly the coolest knee mill I ever seen!

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        • #5
          Just think. With a little creative G Code you have the start of your own personal flight simulator!

          Sorry, couldn't resist.
          Jim

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          • #6
            I've seen pictures of hexipods, but this is really weird.

            I think a strange accident occured between one of the hexipods and a vertical mill, this is the result.

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            • #7
              I am going to write this company for more information for my school shop. They are about 90 miles from me - ROAD TRIP BOSS, GOING TO GO AND LOOK AT SOME TOYS!!!!!
              CCBW, MAH

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              • #8
                I didn't catch the model no. on that thihg. Was it the C3PO or the R2D2?

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                • #9
                  OK, now hook a wearable DRO to it.
                  check out www.newallusa.com/iPRO.htm
                  Jim H.

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                  • #10
                    I hope that heads up display doesn't run Windoze -that would suck. Sure is cool - think my head is too fat (that's my excuse for not buying it and I am sticking to my story)!

                    Dave

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                    • #11
                      I'm not too thrilled about the idea of having a DRO on my head,I'd quickly develop a migrane.And what's up with the microphone?I guess we can talk to our machines? Maybe someday we can surgically implant an RS232 port to the side of our heads and down load files directly to our brains.Just make sure you disconnect before you defrag your hard drive.AAaaaaha ha ha ha ha ha...

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                      • #12
                        What will they think of next? I have to wonder about the ridigity when doing a heavy cut.
                        Jim H. It is called a Stewart Platform and is used in Large flight sim trainers. You are not far off the mark about getting flying training.

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                        • #13
                          I still think it is pretty cool - curved surfaces would be easy to make smooth as a baby butt. Hate to find out what it would cost. Probably cheaper to buy a nice Huge Okuma CNC with a 2 axis table thrown in (and tooling)... Gaack!!!

                          Dave

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                          • #14
                            I seen paper work for a G&l mill using 6 leg to postion the head. they claimed they could set it up on a flat bed truck and mill tight torlance parts going down the road!!!!

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                            • #15
                              I will be at the Westec machine & tool show at the Los Angeles convention center in March.I hope to see this thing a'ma jig on display and hopefully it will make some chips.I've heard it was there last year but I did'nt get a chance to attend.I beleive it will be featured by Dimensional Control Corp.But I don't know the booth #,I'm sure I'll come across it when I'm there."Can't wait".

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