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Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  …

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer…

The Coolest 3D Printed Project I Have Seen To Date

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

German genius Dieter Michael Krone has 3D printed a gun that automatically folds and launches paper airplanes:

Cool beans!  Don’t you just want to take that thing up to the top of the Empire State Building or something?…

The Ultimate Tony Start Inspired Workshop, Part 5

Oct 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

This is part 5 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this installment, we’ll be taking a look at what sort of 3D Printers a workshop like this might include.  There are a number of different 3D Printing technologies available, and no one process is suitable for all parts, so we’ll take a…

Hybrid Machining: Combining Additive and Subtractive in One Machine

Aug 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that there’s been a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing.  It seems like every day brings yet another new consumer 3D printer on Kickstarter of someplace else and it’s not clear what the new kid on the block can do that the old ones…

Check Out 3DHubs: A Place To Sell Your 3D Printer’s Time and Use Other 3D Printers

Aug 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments

Are you bemoaning the fact that you don’t have a 3D Printer but you’d like to have one of your designs 3D printed?  3DHubs will take your STL file, help you locate a nearby 3D Printer that’s part of their community, and pretty soon you’ll be off to visit the printer and get your part…

SOLS Systems Launches Custom 3D Printed Orthotics

Aug 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

I’ve said for a long time that a great use for 3D printing is personalization.  The disadvantages of additive manufacturing versus subtractive (traditional machine tool) manufacturing are minimized when we’re talking about making a one-off.  3D printers have been known as great prototyping tools for a long time, but there are classes of product where…

Are 3D Printers the Ultimate Burglar Tool?

Jul 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog  //  6 Comments

I came across a fascinating article in 3Ders.org that talks about using 3D printers to make keys.  Wired Magazine is talking about it too.
The trick is to use a photo of a key taken with your smartphone to produce a model suitable for a 3D printer.  From there, the rest is easy: a plastic…

GE Goes Full Throttle With Additive Manufacturing for Fuel Nozzles

Jul 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog  //  1 Comment

GE is making a $50M investment at its plant in Auburn, Alabama to enable additive manufacturing for a specific jet engine part: the fuel nozzles for their LEAP engines.  The LEAP engine will be used on a number of aircraft  such as the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC (Chinese) C919 aircraft, beginning in…

Lost Wax Casting with 3D Printers

Jun 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

One of the chief limitations of hobby scale 3D printing is its inability to print metal.  Yes, there are commercial 3D printers that can print metal, even exotic metals like Inconel.  But the cost of such 3D printers is prohibitive for all but the most high end applications.
What’s a poor 3D printing hobbyist to…

Top Blog Posts and CNC Machining Articles for First Half of 2014

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  No Comments

We’re close to the half way point on the year and as always, I like to pass along which blog posts and articles (articles being those pages outside the CNCCookbook blog proper) have been the most popular.  We have several thousand CNC articles on the site, and there are a lot of undiscovered treasures.  Hopefully…

3D Printer Tuneup: Calibrating Your Extruder Steps

Jun 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Machine tools of all kinds need adjustments from time to time and 3D Printers are no exception.  If anything, I have found mine to be quite finicky as I go through the dialing in process.  In this article I want to talk about calibrating your extruder steps.  That is, the number of steps the motor…

BuildTak: Get Your 3D Prints to Stick to the Printer Bed

Jun 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products  //  No Comments

One of the critical problems you must solve when 3D Printing is getting the print to stick to the printer bed.  Failure to do so leads to warping and all sorts of other nasty problems.  In the worst case the whole print comes lose in the middle of printing and is ruined.
People go to…

Desktop CNC Trends: From Cobbled Together to 3D Printers

Jun 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

The pace of innovation for Desktop CNC has really been flying.  First, 3D Printers rode the massive wave of hype and innovation.  Expect to see the same with Desktop CNC Routers before too long, and that evolution is what we’re here to talk about today.
Let’s start by defining the term “Desktop CNC Router” also…

BarMixvah: 3D Printing a Robotic Bartender

May 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I really love the idea of Food– and Drink-Making CNC Projects, being an amateur chef who has been a guest chef a number of times at our local restaurants.  This is the most complete project I’ve come across yet for building your own barbot–a robotic bartender that mixes drinks.  It’s called “BarMixvah” and was created…

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