With the recent completion of my vacuum fixture base, with the ability to once again mount my SMW fixture plate and vise, I was able to begin experimenting with thread milling.
I had put a lot of time and effort into researching F360 thread mill machining parameters and was excited to try out a few toolpath trials. The thread milling resources provided on the NYCCNC website and their instructional YT videos were particularly helpful, especially to understanding the need to calculate and modify feed rates and pitch diameter offsets.
I am excited to share a video that shows the machining of my first successful M6 threads - first practicing in machining wax, and finally in aluminum. This is really the last of the tool paths that I needed to develop, as many of the projects I have planned have threaded holes in aluminum and acrylic. It was also one I was the most nervous about given the delicate size and geometry of the single form thread mill I am using. The following video is a bit longer (5 minutes) because it shows machining in wax and aluminum, as well as the drilling of 5 mm holes, a chamfer, and of course thread milling.
Here is the YT link for those interested: Successful thread milling - YouTube