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I would like to Thank my family for helping me throughout the years and for putting up with all of my mess :):):) I would also like to thank the many people who have helped in my education and helped me become skilled in these great hobbies. This is my 4th attempt at putting together a website, mainly concentrating on "what I looked for as a beginner and never found" as I jumped head first into machining. Hopefully this website can help you on your way to CNC machining and/or RC helicopters.
I finished my undergrad at U of I in Champaign-Urbana (IL). I graduated from Optometry School, May 2002, and am FINALLY done with school "forever!" Now I get to see my "own" patients! I have a private practice located in Joliet, IL and its website is www.jolieteyecare.com. Come on over and take a look.
I started taking everything apart around the age of 7 or 8. The concept of "if it ain't broke don't fix it" just never stuck with me :) I started flying RC airplanes at the age of 13 with the help of my brothers and added RC helicopters about 5 years later. My love of aviation did not stop there! I obtained my single engine private license for REAL airplanes when I was 19, flying Cessna 152 and 182s. There is no other feeling like your first takeoff and landing! I am currently not flying real aircrafts but am trying to fly RC more and more each day.
I have always dreamed of learning the art of machining and began my adventure on April 25, 2000. The idea of being able to cut metal with precision fascinates me! I knew NOTHING about machining or what type of machines existed. Beginners, take it from me, it is very possible and this site proves it. I did not know what an endmill, gib, leadscrew, steppers, or anything of that stuff was. After much reading, I started with a manual mill and lathe, retrofitting my mill to CNC approximately 5 months later. With a GREAT deal of learning and MANY hours I built drivers, set up my stepper motors, learned the basics of G-Code, CAD programs, CAM programs, and then began the long process of actually learning how to machine!!
Every day I learn. The lathe is a lot of fun and almost a "relaxing" machine to use. Watching the chips fly off aluminum, steel, brass, plastic, wax, etc. is great! The CNC machine, while more work, is just beautiful and to hear the stepper motors run is like smooth synchronized music! Watching the machine come to life is simply amazing. Thank you again, please feel free to contact me, I'd love to hear from you.
Me with my Raptor 50 back in 2004
Welcome to the New Updated Website !
As many of you may have noted I have updated my website (since 2004) to be more friendly, quicker to navigate and to give it a fresh new look. While my site transfer from old to new is still not complete I hope you learned something and/or it gave you some new fresh ides on cnc machining. Have a great day !
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