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  1. Are any of your CNC genii doing custom runs for other folks

    Time is as much my issue as space/tools, but it's definitely something to consider. The hexlab one looks great, but is more than an hour's drive away. LA is a ridiculously big place and the traffic is next level insane. I'll look into other options for sure though.
  2. This is very much an initial exploration kind of question, so bear with me. It's been 6 or 7 years since my last build. Mainly that's because of lack of space to do any building, but also time constraints. In the last year or so I taught myself how to use fusion 360 and have put together a couple of designs that I'm pretty happy with and I would love to see translated into real guitars at some point if my circumstances change. Then it occurred to me that I would just about have time, space and tools to be able to handle glue-ups, finish sanding, pore-filling, fretting, electronics, hardware installation and oil finishes. So my question is this: do any of you who are handy with you CNCs ever take on commissioned work from others. I.E. could I pay someone to machine the basic components of my guitar design from my CAD file? And if so, what would that look like cost-wise and what would I need to deliver on my end, in terms of a file, to make that possible. Not something I'm looking to do right away, but was curious about what it might look like as a process.
  3. Pariahrob's build log

    +1 for Monty's! I've know Matt's missus for knocking on 22 years, and Matt for at least 12 or 13. Lovely bloke, who is really passionate about what he does and really believes in quality craftsmanship. Lovely packaging.
  4. First time anything

    This is basically the official motto of Project Guitar
  5. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I would love to pay higher taxes and have single payer healthcare, better infrastructure. We could do with a military about 1/10 of the current size though... that's about the only area where I think govt spending is completely out of control. Reassign half the military into building the infrastructure this country needs and we'd be getting somewhere. CA indeed gives more than it takes. I'm fine with that. Seceding is a terrible idea - it would possibly be great for California but it would be throwing the LGBTQ community, people of color and women in the rest of the country to the wolves. That's not how we roll here.
  6. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    A few differing viewpoints to keep it balanced. But I think they all point to: our current healthcare system, with or without ACA is a national f**king embarrassment. We're a 1st world country with a 3rd world healthcare system. http://www.factcheck.org/2015/02/slower-premium-growth-under-obama/ http://abcnews.go.com/Health/health-care-premiums-rising-obamacare/story?id=43047190 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-premium-growth-slowed-after-obamacare/ I never really understood the libertarian viewpoint. The government and the people are - at least in theory - the same thing. I see government - especially when it comes to spending - as a form of collective bargaining. If you had to pay private companies for all the things you use - roads, schools, policing, fire departments, testing your food, testing your medications, parks, passports, etc etc, you would pay *a lot* more than you pay in taxes, and you also wouldn't get the protections that can only be provided by a society coming together - things like environmental protections so you have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, defense, border control, educational standards, the legal system, etc etc. Sure, government can be inefficient and wasteful. So can private businesses. But private businesses can also be greedy, and unscrupulous in the pursuit of profit, and will screw over consumers to answer to shareholders. Government doesn't *benefit* from being incompetent, and they have every reason to improve competence as it safeguards their jobs. Corporations benefit hugely from being greedy and they have every reason to become greedier.
  7. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    All the data seems to point to overall premiums having increased *less* under the ACA. So if you think your premium increases were crazy, they would have been worse without the ACA. Which makes sense - the mandate forced a lot more healthy younger people into the insurance pool so that reduces costs. But the premiums still went up because the insurance comapanies and healthcare providers do not answer to the consumer. You don't know how much a particular treatment costs before you have it and the costs are hugely inflated. When you see a hospital bill that includes $100 for a couple of aspirin, you have to wonder a) why the hospital sees fit to extort you and b ) why the insurance company doesn't have your back and demand cheaper prices. The ACA was not the cause of your increases. The insurance companies were the cause. The ONLY healthcare system that makes real sense is single payer. And in the US, we pay more tax per capita to fund Medicare than people in the UK pay per capita to fund the NHS. If that doesn't make you angry I don't know what will. Looks like California may press ahead with single payer and hopefully that will show the rest of the country what a con job the "insurance" industry has been all this time.
  8. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    LMK if you need any consultation on anything production-related, or opinions on gear purchases.
  9. Best entry level CNC machine.

    As in 6k well spent?
  10. Best entry level CNC machine.

    Also late to this conversation, but... No-one has mentioned the Laguna IQ mills, which seem like excellent value for money: http://lagunatools.com/cnc/iq-series/iq-24-36-cnc/ What am I missing?
  11. Inexpensive 3D cad for guitar design?

    Well, okay. It's been a couple of months and I have been having ENORMOUS fun learning Fusion360 and finishing up my first design in the program. This is actually more of a reverse engineering of the first guitar I built back in 2010, with some slightly modifications and improvements made. I'm really happy with how this came out, and now I need to start figuring out the CAM side of the software and see how feasible it is for me to generate a complete set of G-code that could, in theory, mean I could build 90% of this guitar on a CNC. Any feedback on the design gratefully received, and any thoughts/experience on using fusion360 for CAM likewise.
  12. Inexpensive 3D cad for guitar design?

    Update a month and a bit in: loving fusion360 and really starting to get the hang of it, which is incredible. One quick question for those of you more experienced than I am; I read that material options and appearance options are different because material options is all about mass calculation. Which got me thinking.... If Fusion 360 knows what material you're going to build out of, is there any way to have it calculate how a guitar will hang? Particularly, to calculate if neck-dive will be an issue. If it can, that would be amazing....
  13. Build #8: Offset-ish, surfy-ish...

    I, for one, would love to see a breakdown on how you made the L for the logo. Most of us are trying to master woodwork... metal work is another realm entirely.
  14. Mouradian-style 4 string bass

    This looks fun. Tangentially related: I once shot a piece with the Mouradians about guitar care. Lovely blokes. And Pat Badger from Extreme was hanging around in the shope while we were setting up.
  15. Inexpensive 3D cad for guitar design?

    Fusion 360 looks great and I've started dabbling. Any good tutorials around online for it, particularly covering sketching using splines?