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Old 10-07-2008, 02:24 PM   #21
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They do most of their assembly on N Hou Rosslyn, but they also have a shop in navasota where I think they do some more machining.... I unno.
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They do most of their assembly on N Hou Rosslyn, but they also have a shop in navasota where I think they do some more machining.... I unno.
actually, the Navasota and Bryan facilities are no longer operating, Navasota shut down several months ago and Bryan is in the process of moving all surplus materials to anyone who will take it. i have some pretty close ties with several people there. have a couple of family members employed there.
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actually, the Navasota and Bryan facilities are no longer operating, Navasota shut down several months ago and Bryan is in the process of moving all surplus materials to anyone who will take it. i have some pretty close ties with several people there. have a couple of family members employed there.
well ! lol

Its been since dec since Ive been around those places.
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I work for a little mom and pop place called Littlecrest. We've been a complete manual shop since 1964. That's right still making money and not a single NC machine in the place. In fact these guys are so old school that the engine lathes don't even have digital readouts, they do it all on the collar. They call it the "ear and fear" method of machining. What we do is all the one off special feature in one or two piece orders. Super tight tolerance (usually +.001/-.000), hangers. Lots of special setup work that a CNC just simply can't hang with as far as production hours. I know that seems bass ackwards but the fixtures and jigs we have made over time and the simple know how of the worlds best machinists keeps us alive year in and year out. Kind of a cool place to work too. Less than 30 employees, six engine lathes from 14" swing up to 39" swing(the big daddy in the video), four big honkin' horizontal boring mills(the moneymakers), some wacky radial arm drill presses, and a 60" swing vertical turret lathe. Oh, and some regular turret lathes for the roughing. To give you an idea of the size of that manual lathe, the operator in the video is six foot tall slouching. Now watch it again and get some perspective for that machine.
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i know of little crest, vetco has used them for countless years now.
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I work for a little mom and pop place called Littlecrest. We've been a complete manual shop since 1964. That's right still making money and not a single NC machine in the place. In fact these guys are so old school that the engine lathes don't even have digital readouts, they do it all on the collar. They call it the "ear and fear" method of machining. What we do is all the one off special feature in one or two piece orders. Super tight tolerance (usually +.001/-.000), hangers. Lots of special setup work that a CNC just simply can't hang with as far as production hours. I know that seems bass ackwards but the fixtures and jigs we have made over time and the simple know how of the worlds best machinists keeps us alive year in and year out. Kind of a cool place to work too. Less than 30 employees, six engine lathes from 14" swing up to 39" swing(the big daddy in the video), four big honkin' horizontal boring mills(the moneymakers), some wacky radial arm drill presses, and a 60" swing vertical turret lathe. Oh, and some regular turret lathes for the roughing. To give you an idea of the size of that manual lathe, the operator in the video is six foot tall slouching. Now watch it again and get some perspective for that machine.

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shops still use manual machines????
I used a manual lathe to fix our CNC mill last night.

Once you have the fixtures and g-code you can train a monkey to run a CNC machine
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I used a manual lathe to fix our CNC mill last night.

Once you have the fixtures and g-code you can train a monkey to run a CNC machine

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