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As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time.
It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop.
In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.
I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too.
I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation.
I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will.
Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with.
I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons.
Other than that, I will not be around.
I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
I depends on what you are making. If you are making a part that is non critical and takes little load, then anything you pick out of the junk pile will probably work. On the other end of the spectrum, for parts that go on millitary aircraft, you have to have records on the metal you are going to use that go back to the diging up of the ore, composition testing, hardness testing x-ray and mag particle or die penetrant crack inspection on every part (and sometimes the raw material before machining the part). For most of the stuff we make as hobbyist just buy known alloys from a metals dealer. This won't absolutely garuntee you quality material, but it is economical and will get you good material 99% of the time.
When materials are purchased from suppliers, the buyer can request material certifications. Material certifications have two main components. First is material composition and chemical analysis. There are primary and secondary material composition statements. The foundry of the steel may supply a primary cert or, the distributor may perform a secondary test to verify that what they received is what they ordered. Second is chain of custody that shows the shipping manifests to show that the materials were not mixed-up (or boot-legged) during shipping.
The practice of obtaining material certifications is only done in certain cases where high quality control procedures are in place.