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Rapid Prototyping With ProtoLabs

Jun 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  5 Comments

ProtoLabs bills itself as the “Fastest Provider of CNC Machined and Injection Molded Parts.”  They were founded in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful computer entrepreneur who was dissatisfied with how hard it was to get injection molded parts made quickly for his computer company.  Lukis decided there had to be a better way and…

GE Angel’s Trumpet: The Toy You Wish You Had in Your Shop

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

3D Printing?  Yeah, so what.  I’ve seen lots of 3D printers.  They’re inaccurate as heck, they only produce plastic, and it takes more sanding and bondo than my mother-in-law’s crashed Vista Cruiser station wagon to get a part to look halfway decent.  I’m a real machinist.  I don’t need no stinkin’ 3D Printing, I’ve got…

Demystifying CAD File Formats

Jun 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

CAD File Formats can be a confusing mess when  you’re just starting out.  There are so many questions that come up:
–  What’s the best format to use for exchanging information between two different CAD programs?
–  Why does this file open and look like my model but it seems broken in many ways compared…

Do You Know All the Different Kinds of Digital Tooling?

Digital Tooling–that’s my catchphrase for CAD, CAM, CNC Control Software, Feeds and Speeds Calculators, G-Code Editor/Simulators, and all the rest of the CNC Software that’s out there.  We’ve had a page up for a long time that is intended to walk folks through all the different kinds of CNC Software so they know what’s available…

New 3D Printing Process is 25X Faster and Gives a Better Finish

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

I’ve said it before, having access to good chemistry is an imperative for innovation in the 3D Printing space.  This new process from Carbon3D really emphasizes that point.  It’s designed for 3D printers that rely on photo-sensitive resins (SLA or Stereolithography) rather than filament extrusion, but it can make those printers dramatically faster as well…

Learn How a Professional Dreamworks Sculptor Finishes His 3D Prints

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment

3D printing is great–it lets you produce models of almost anything reasonably easily.  It only has a few drawbacks:
–  The print material (resin or filament) can be expensive.
–  Printing can be slow compared to subtractive processes.
–  Parts require some post-processing for best finish.
This article focuses on the post-processing.  In particular, I…

3D Printing News: Formlabs Gets New Supports, Higher Resolution, Flexible, and Castable Resins

Jan 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments

It’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) season and we’re seeing tons of 3D printing news around that.  I’ll be doing several posts to bring the highlights of this news to CNCCookbook’s readers so you can see what’s significant without wading through all the other press about it.  For this installment, I want to focus on some…

3D Printing Abstract Art

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

3D Printing lends itself extremely well to printing abstract art.  Here is a gallery of some typical examples:

Mercedes Show Car…

HexaRing…

Hypnospace…

Jennifer McCurdy…

Vase made of 2 3D Printed Components:  Base + Vase…
 
Spiralis…

Harry Bishop…

Also Harry Bishop…

Ponoko…

Torolf Sauermann Moebius…
These are all pins from the CNCCookbook Pinterest Album on…

Derby the Dog Runs for the First Time With 3D Printed Prosthetics

Dec 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

The Holiday Season is all about miracles, so I wanted to run at least one story about a miracle CNCCookbook readers might appreciate.  With the help of 3D Systems personnel and 3D Printer, Derby the Dog has new prosthetics that let him run for the first time.
Derby was born with deformed front legs.  He…

3D Printing for RC Plane Modelers and Drone Builders

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

I was an avid model builder in my youth, and carried it forward into adulthood when I was much younger by building RC (Radio Controlled) Planes.  My biggest problem was that the planes took a long time to build relative to the length of time I could fly one before crashing it.  I think I…

The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments

The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M.  Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.  Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…

Secrets of Going From CAD, Image, DXF, or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

When you’re starting out with CNC or 3D Printing, the first thing you’ll want to get your arms around is creating some sort of model, drawing, or representation of your part.  Most of the time this is a function of a CAD program, but not always.  You may also need to start from images, vector…

A Bargain From Autodesk I Couldn’t Resist

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I need another CAD program like a hole in the head.  Currently I use Rhino3D and SolidWorks, and I’m very happy with them.  Rhino3D is my goto program for quick and dirty one-offs and weird shapes like rifle stocks.  SolidWorks is the lingua franca of the CNC world and the goto when I want to…

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?

Oct 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?
Many of the pundits certainly think so, and Hewlett Packard certainly has both the track record and the resources to create a game changer.  Because of that, I took the time to go through all of the information on their announcement I could, and I have…

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