Opening Presents for the Shop – Christmas 2020

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It’s Christmas morning in the shop. I’ve been very good this year. Let’s see what Santa brought us! Clough42 Traditional Affiliate Christmas List: 5C Collets Set – Imperial (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/3mOcmcQ 5C Collet Set – Metric (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/3rsBz00 5C Collet Block … Continued

Rewiring Motors for 110V / 220V

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Today we’re talking about rewiring induction motors for 110V or 220V service. I’m selling some machinery that I previously rewired to run on higher voltage, and I need to reconfigure it for the new owner.

Designing Sheet Metal Parts in Fusion 360

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I’ve had some requests to show the design process I use in Fusion 360 to make bent sheet metal brackets, so that’s what we’re doing today. Stuff used in this video: 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Compact 3D Mouse (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2TSJ2q9 Focusrite Scarlett … Continued

CNC Machining a Thin Tapered Shim

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My squat rack has a little weld distortion, so we’re going to fix the alignment issue with a thin, CNC-machined shim. Tools and stuff used in this video: 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Compact 3D Mouse (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2TSJ2q9 Foot Pedal Switch with Guard … Continued

CNC Machined Squat Rack Anchor

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Today we’re making a CNC-machined anchor bracket for my squat rack. This whole thing started with a gym membership and a global pandemic, but it ends at the CNC mill. As usual. Tools and stuff used in this video: 3Dconnexion … Continued

ATC Spindle Part 11: Installation and First Chips!

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Today is the day! We’re putting the new spindle on the mill and making some test cuts. Stuff shown in this video: Knipex Pliers Wrench 3-Piece Set (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2ruzS8m Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/3jhSXzG Grizzly G0704 Mill (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/32rutgP … Continued

ATC Spindle Part 8: Assembling the Mount (Finally!)

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Today we’re installing threaded inserts and assembling the ATC spindle mount for the G0704 mill. Tools used in this video: Noga Deburring Set (Amazon*): http://amzn.to/2xMfiPz Starrett 91B Tap Wrench (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/38TUCYw Drill America 7/16-14 HSS Tap Set (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2XmIpGS HFS … Continued

Pneumatic PCB Depaneler

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Today we’re converting a hand depaneling tool to pneumatic power with a foot switch. This should make the task of depaneling the Electronic Leadscrew PC Boards much easier. And less painful. Previous PCB Depaneler Video: https://youtu.be/ughpcAJoT6M Download STL files from … Continued

20,000 Subscriber Q&A Extravaganza

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The channel just hit 20,000 subscribers, so today I’m doing a Q&A. You posted your burning questions. I’m going to provide “Answers”. If you think this video is too long, maybe you shouldn’t have asked so many questions. ūüôā Timestamps: … Continued

Making PPE for COVID-19 Response

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Maker communities around the world are coming together to make personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses, first responders and others who are unable to obtain it through normal channels. This is our hour to give back to the communities that … Continued

How do EMI Filter Chokes Work?

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Today we’re going to take a closer look at EMI filter chokes, talk about how they work to suppress electromagnetic interference on variable frequency drives, and do some testing. Filters shown and discussed: Hondark PC40 EMI Ferrite Ferrite (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/3aTO5gd … Continued

ATC Spindle Part 2: Q&A

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The intro video for the 3HP ATC spindle project generated a lot of comments and questions. Today I’m going to try to answer as many as I can. If I didn’t get to your question, or if this just creates … Continued

Panelizing PCBs Addendum: Hakko Depaneling Tool

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I found an inexpensive Hakko depaneling tool on Amazon. Let’s give it a try and see how it works. Hakko 2.4mm Depaneling Tool (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2MKoJr9 Knipex Pliers Wrench 3-Piece Set (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2ruzS8m High Temperature ESD Safe Mat (Amazon*): https://amzn.to/2Xz0n6D *These … Continued

3D Printer Dimension Tuning Revisited

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Last week’s video generated more than a few comments suggesting alternative explanations for why my parts were coming out undersize and pointing out other features of Fusion 360 and Simplify 3D that might be useful. Today, I’ll respond to a … Continued

New Tools for the Shop

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I’ve been accumulating some new tools for future projects. Today we’ll take a look at a few of the latest acquisitions. Tools shown in this video: Mega328 Transistor Tester (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2ZXZx8r DER EE DE-5000 LCR Meter (Amazon): https://amzn.to/32NaB63 Dymo Rhino … Continued

The Future of Clough42

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It’s Christmas morning, 2018. Have a great Christmas with your friends and Family and leave me some feedback on what you’d like to see from Clough42 in 2019.

Hand Scraper 5: Making a Handle

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This week we’re making a 3D-printed handle for the hand scraper. It’s shaped to fit tightly on the tapered tang we machined previously and will be locked in place using a threaded metal insert. In this video, I show some … Continued

Hand Scraper 1: Design Overview

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Today we’re looking at the next project here in the shop: a hand scraper. We look in detail at the design, the carbide inserts and the material we’re going to use. If I have carbide inserts available, they will be … Continued

How to build a Lathe VFD Enclosure

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Today, we’re putting all of the electonics into a Hammond Box to protect them when they’re installed near the lathe. We’ll start with a bare CHKO (NEMA Type 1) enclosure, cut holes for ventilation and cables, mount and wire everything … Continued

CNC Machined Pin Spanner Wrench

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This week we’re making a CNC machined pin spanner wrench for tightening the wheel flanges on the toolpost grinder.¬† This is a totally gratuitous project.¬† We could easily buy one, but making one sounds like fun and it gives us … Continued

Making Hobbed Bolts

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In this video, I show how we manufacture our 3D printer hobbed bolts. There are lots of hobbed bolts out there.¬† Some are DIY and some are manufactured in volume.¬† Some are pretty great and others not so much.¬† We … Continued

Toolpost Grinder Part 5: Spacers

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Today, we’re working on the toolpost grinder again.¬† This time, we make the brass spacers. We need the spacers because the lock rings block direct access to the inner bearing races.¬† Locking the bearings in place like this makes them … Continued

Toolpost Grinder Part 3: Bearing Caps

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In part three of the toolpost grinder build series, we make the bearing lock caps. This installment features the return of the dreaded 57/64″ YG-1 taper-shank drill, but this time it does its job without complaining.¬† Or damaging the lathe.¬† … Continued

New machine shop goodness!

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Here at Clough42, we’re trying something new.¬† Until now, we’ve been focused almost entirely on 3D printing.¬† But behind the scenes, we’ve been building up a small machine shop for product development and prototyping.¬† Today, we’re inviting you inside! We’re … Continued

The V2 Evolution Is Here

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Introducing the Itty Bitty Double FLEX V2 Extruder. ¬†This latest evolution in the Clough42 double extruder lineup adds: Tighter filament channel for better flexible filament performance Support for Hexagon AO hot ends Redesigned parts for easier printing and less cleanup … Continued

We Now Have Hobbed Extruder Bolts!

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We now have hobbed extruder bolts in stock and ready to ship. ¬†We really think you’ll like this addition to our product lineup. ¬†We mill these bolts in house, specifically for our extruders. ¬†They provide a secure grip on the … Continued

Troubleshooting FAQ

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Need a little help getting your extruder working? ¬†We get questions from users almost every day, and we’ve collected the most common ones¬†into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list to help you out. Extruder Troubleshooting FAQ  

We Now Have Stepper Motors!

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We now have NEMA 14 stepper motors available in the store. ¬†These steppers are the perfect size and deliver the torque needed for all of our extruders: Itty Bitty Belted Extruder Itty Bitty Double Extruder Itty Bitty Double FLEX Extruder … Continued

NEW! Itty Bitty Double FLEX Extruder

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Introducing the¬†Itty Bitty Double FLEX Extruder! This extruder is the result of months of design and testing. An¬†evolution of our previous double extruder design, it adds support for more hot end and filament types. The wider (27mm) nozzle spacing allows … Continued

New Z Offset Calculator

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We’ve already been getting feedback on our new firmware setup instructions and some of you have asked for clarification on the Z probe offset calculations. ¬†Admittedly, these can be a little tricky because the Marlin firmware isn’t consistent about positive … Continued

Firmware Setup

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We get questions all the time about setting up printer firmware to support our double extruders, Z-probes and auto bed leveling. ¬†Well, we’ve heard you loud and clear. ¬†Starting today, we are offering customized firmware for all of our extruders … Continued

The Store Is Now Live

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At long last, the Clough42 store is now live! Until now, the only way to get our products has been through our eBay listings. ¬†Starting today, many of our products are also available directly through our web site. ¬†We accept … Continued

Check out Our Cool Tools

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We have a lot of conversations about tools. ¬†Partly because people ask questions, and partly because we just love good tools. ¬†We have collected some of our favorites in our new Cool Tools section. We use these tools every day … Continued

Itty Bitty Double Extruder

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If you’ve been waiting for double-extruder support on your MakerFarm printer, the time has come. ¬†The Itty Bitty Double Extruder is a compact two-material, belt-driven extruder for MakerFarm and other RepRap-derived 3D printers. Features: Silent belt-driven design NEMA 14 motors … Continued

Double Extruder Calibration

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Calibrating a double extruder can be a real chore. ¬†You have to adjust the nozzles so they’re at exactly the same height, and you have to get your software configured so it knows the offsets between your extruder nozzles. If … Continued