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    noahtrappier@gmail.com
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    @noahtrappier@gmail.com

    Welcome to our new UltraTec Machine Upkeep Forum! Have questions about your UltraTec machine? Post them here to receive support from our community of faceters.

    #16858

    lshyers
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    @lshyers

    I purchased my new V5 digital nearly 2 years ago. I was told by another owner that it would need to be “tuned” up in order cut “true”. I attempted to pursue that discussion, but the individual did not have the time. He did suggest that laps are not always truly flat and need to be broken in to work appropriately. He alluded that a small adjustment needs to be done so that each lap will be truly flat.

    I am a total newbbi. Does the Ultra tech need to be adjusted or the laps trued prior to using the machine appropriately. As I mentioned, the company did not inform me that before using the machine, I needed to adjust or true the laps before I can have good results.

    If this is true. Could anyone who owns the Ultra Tec new machine know anything about adjusting or trueing the machine correctly? I want to learn correctly on a machine that is set up appropriately.

    Thanks!

    Larry Shyers LEShyers@YAHOO.COM

    Larry S.

    #16861

    Bobdrbob
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    @Bobdrbob

    Hi in answer to your question no. Your machine should be fine as long as you haven’t been rough on it. Every machine has its little idiosyncrasies. Same with laps. There is not a perfectly flat lap or a perfect machine. You own one of the best most consistent machines. If you put a lap on and dop a test piece of whatever you can see the numbers change as the lap rotates. I’m not the best to explain this but I have cut with older machines and you can get great results with them also once you learn the machine. You having a great machine don’t have to learn as much. I cut on a V2 with a analog gauge that goes out 3 decimal points. I have some pretty flat laps but not a perfectly flat one in the bunch. Lol. My advice is to cut and learn the machine and as you progress you will see things and learn how to work around them. Don’t let perfectionist ways remove your Joy. Always strive for perfection but understand that you will never achieve it completely. Sometimes you will come very very close but in my personal opinion there is always something no matter how small that could be done better. Lol. Cut and enjoy and post any specific issues and we will figure them out. Feel free to email me if I can help. Bob Lawrence

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    #16917

    AiLienWU
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    @AiLienWU

    I also bought a new V5 digital product about 3 years ago, and I am considered a novice! After the friend who bought the machine for me adjusted it, the situation did not improve, and then I started to touch it again! Now even the digital watch does not appear to be in its original normal state! So now Needs major corrections and adjustments~I need help urgently! Because I have to participate in the 2024 Single Stone Competition~Thank you very much~Can I find anyone who can help?

    #17103

    hawkphoenix
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    @HawkPhoenix

    Recently I noticed that I couldn’t get an even girdle on my V5. So after doing some research I got my ceramic lap out and did some testing. I found out that there was a pretty big change in angle (.05 or .06) as I swept across the lap.
    Further research suggested that there was an adjustment point where the quill meets the mast… 3 allen screws.
    So, after an hour or so playing around with those screws the variance dropped to .00 to .01…Using my dial indicator it practically didn’t move sweeping from edge to center to edge across the lap.
    I think that’s about as good as anyone could expect. And the ceramic has practically no bounce…flattest lap I have. But at least I now have a clean baseline to work from.

    If you want to try this… have a ceramic disk, put a dop in and set for around 45 degrees. Oil the lap so it doesn’t drag. Move your mast so that when you sweep the entire lap that it gets to a safe distance from the spindle and sweep from edge to edge across the entire lap. If you have a dial indicator on your mast, set it so that you can keep very light pressure to stay in contact with the lap and read how much variance you get. Then comes the adjusting if you are off too much… Do this with the machine off… don’t rotate the lap.

    #17130

    Jeff Stover
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    @jeffstover

    I just got a V5 a couple of months ago and consider myself a new faceter. I struggled with an old MDR and about gave up on this hobby. Since I started using the V5 it’s been better than I could imagine. When things go wrong it’s usually my mistake. Things like forgetting to reset the cheater, making sure the protractor is actually set correctly when going from shaping to polishing, making sue the dop is clean and set properly in the quill. One thing that I consistently mess up is the tension on the protractor after changing the angle. If it isn’t totally free when setting the angle you can be off a bit. Hope this makes sense from somebody new.

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