Every now and then someone asks me what endmills I use, or what camera I record on. Here’s a list of some of the most common items.
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CNCs and Accessories
- SuckIt Dust Boot
- Low-Profile Oops Clamps
- Carbide3D Touch Probe
- 1/4″-20 Threaded Inserts for Workholding (Install from below wasteboard for maximum strength.)
- Trim Removal Tool – Super useful for prying workpieces off the bed if you use double-sided tape, doesn’t scratch like paint scrapers or putty knives.
- Nitto Permacel P-02 Double Sided Tape – Stronger than masking tape, less tenacious than carpet tape.
- Nikon D5300 – The D5300 is a couple years old, but still does great on a tripod with a good lens. Newer models are even better, but I wouldn’t spend any more than $8-900 on a camera you’ll be subjecting to a shop environment…
- Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 Lens for Nikon – This has become my go-to lens for recording. That wide aperture is essential in low light, and also gives that nice cinematic shallow depth of field. Also very affordable as far as lenses go.
- GoPro Hero 5 Black – Small, weather-sealed form factor lets you get up close to the action. I stick this thing on my PocketNC all the time.
- DJI Mavic Air – Huge step up from a Spark, while being cheaper and more compact than the Pro series. This is my travel drone of choice.
- DJI Osmo Mobile – I have the first gen, the second gen is better in every way. Essential for smooth handheld shots in the shop, on tours, traveling, etc. Holds a mobile device, consider the Ronin-S if you need to stabilize an SLR.
Around the Shop
- Philips Hue White Bulbs – LED bulbs are way more durable and efficient than conventional. With the Hue system I can have them programmed to turn off late at night or if I leave the house.
- Fein Vacuum, Turbo I – This is way more expensive than a shop vac, but it’s literally an order of magnitude quieter. If noise if of paramount concern, get this. Having gone the route of building an insulated box around my shop vac, I much prefer simply having a well engineered vacuum from the get-go.