A few project pics and comments below from the past couple months with my Nomad. I recently took the entire Nomad apart and quite easily put it back together with NO parts left over (always the sign of a successful tear-down/build-up). It is always nice to have a tool that can be easily upgraded or repaired.
As a tool chain test, I made a simple PCB in Eagle to provide USB power to my iPhone in my car, but to disable the data connections, then I milled a soft plastic iPhone holder:
after some shrink wrap:
and a small mod to the Nomad itself:
what does the little key do?? Ah… light !
Not that the LED light strip really needed a lock-out key… it was the only SPST switch I had in my parts that was deep enough to reach through the hole milled in the HDPE wall… and it looks very cool and intimidating
While waiting for the vice to arrive I cannot say enough good things about this AMAZING tape (Nitto tape) - - it has an amazing hold (I milled this holder for a hobbed bolt out of 6061 aluminum using this tape):
The tape is double-sided, but really seems like it is all glue, with no inner “paper” to delaminate. It does have a center liner but is negligible, and with constant pressure from a putty knife or similar, will allow parts to come off the bed with no reside whatsoever. I clean the bed and part with acetone or alcohol (either direct on the aluminum plate or the MDF), and about 10 seconds of hard pressure to set the glue on the tape and it holds for hours of milling… Here is a link to Amazon… probably available at other stores too… (Nitto makes many kinds of tape, so make sure you’re getting this Permacel P-02)
I also use it to hold machineable wax and I’ve done some deep molds and never had the wax block budge at all: