I’m upgrading my Shapeoko2 500mm^2 to X-Carve 1000mm^2 and while tapping one of the makerslides I broke the golden rule of multiple passes and broke my tap in the makerslide. Any tips on getting the tap out of the makerslide? The tap is 3/4 inside the makerslide hole and the broken piece isn’t a shape I can get a good grip on with a vise pliers.
I’m going to try grinding one side down to see if I can get a better grip on it, but thought I’d ask the group is anyone has some tricks of getting a tap out.
You can try heating up Maker Slide might help. But in the reality, that will give you a problem all the time, if you can’t make one good solid connection. I suggest a replacement. You can buy single side coast $31.14 if it is Black Anodized.
I knew I asked the right folks. Thank for all the replies! Lot’s of good ideas. I think I might start with the weld a piece of metal to it. Although the kitchen chemistry sounds like more fun… I know I’m going to take it easy on the rest and this one when I get it done…
No, the small piece sticking out of the makerslide broke-off when I tried to turn it. The cold steel tap broke so easy, we didn’t try welding to it out of fear that it would just break. Guitar strings didn’t work as I cannot get the string down the reliefs in the tap (must be jammed with cuttings). Even tried drilling the relief taps with a small bit, it was a no go.
I know it’s not right, but I’m using the makerslide with 3 of the 4 bolts right now. Soon as I get ahold of an old coffee pot I’m going to try the Alum mixers w/ kitchen chemistry.