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CNCing a High Performance Yo Yo is Genius

Jul 28, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  5 Comments

Why not?  As I’ve said in the past, I love frivolous CNC projects.  What could be better than a precision machined YoYo that looks and performs way better than anything you can get at the local toy store?
I confess, this one has been on my mind ever since I came across an article about…

Since it is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, We Decided to Launch a CNCCookbook Sale

Jul 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

July 25 is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day…
Did you know there is a different food holiday being celebrated almost every day?  Neither did I.  Today’s special food holiday is that it is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.  Now why that holiday isn’t always celebrated on a Sunday (Sundae?), I don’t know, but instead, it…

Dell’s Rugged Tactical Laptops: Suitable For Shop Floors?

Jul 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  3 Comments

Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme…
It should come as no surprise that a maker of CNC Software ideal for use on the Shop Floor believes computers are important to have on the Shop Floor.  I couldn’t live without mine–they do everything from running software to letting me view my prints and other files to helping me…

What is Cryogenic Machining?

Jul 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Chilling your cutter with Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).  Image courtesy of 5ME.
Have you ever heard of Cryogenic Machining?  Better yet, can anyone reading tell us your personal experiences with it?
Cryogenic Machining is the process of using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) as the coolant for machining instead of ordinary flood or mist coolants.  It can produce…

GW Editor Adds Powerful New GCode Analysis and Documentation Tool

Jul 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products  //  No Comments

I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Editor v2.2 (click link to download) with a brand new feature called “Export Hints”.  It’s accessed from the File Menu:

Export Hints may be found on GWE’s File Menu…
Make sure you’re working with a file that has been saved at least once because Export Hints wants to take the same…

Here’s a Quick Way to Figure Out Whether to Build a Fixture

Jul 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

It’s been said more than once that great fixtures are the secret to profitability for machine shops.  But that’s not always true.  There’s the shops that leave a couple of vises permanently mounted to the table, set their work offsets to the corner of a fixed jaw, and swear by that.  Not much of a…

Greg Jackson Has Passed Away

Jul 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  12 Comments

Greg Jackson, CEOand Co-Founder of Tormach, has died in a sailing accident on Lake Michigan last night.  I know all who knew Greg are deeply saddened by this news.  He was a tremendous visionary in the CNC World, and a very brilliant and warm man to talk to about all things CNC.  I spoke with…

Say Hello to G-Wizard Estimator: Feature Based Cost Estimation

Jul 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Estimator v0.1 has been released into the wild!
We’ve finally done what we’ve talked about for a long time–we have taken the cost estimation functionality that had been in our G-Wizard Calculator and created a stand alone product we call G-Wizard Estimator.  GW Estimator will be focused entirely on Cost Estimation and Quoting for…

Best Whiskey Ice Cubes Ever

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  4 Comments

We’ve written about these Suntory ice cubes before, but they just keep coming out with more.  Seems like some exclusive bar should put a Carbide 3D or similar mini-router in their walk-in freezer and starting cranking them out to serve with high priced whiskey.  Maybe someone is already.  These were all created by TBWA\Hakuhodo for…

How to Program Tapping in GCode

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded the programming portion of our 2 part “Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines”.  In the first installment (added to our Feeds and Speeds Cookbook), we covered the mechanics of tapping including:
– Tapping heads, tension-compression holders, and rigid tapping.  We go through the pros and cons of each one.
– Types…

Shop Productivity Survey Results

Jul 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Thank you to all who participated in our Shop Productivity Survey!
Now it’s time to share the results.  We surveyed CNCCookbook readers on what they felt were the most important areas to improve in their Shop’s operations.  Here are the results:

It was a wide-ranging survey that touched on a number of topics.  Predictably, the…

Phil Abernethy’s Clocks are Modern Art

Jul 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

When I first started getting into CNC, I was surprised at how many artists have taken to the medium.  There are some truly amazing works out there that couldn’t have been done without help from CNC.  Take Phil Abernethy’s beautiful clocks, for example.  Each one is different, and they’re all done with a very modern…

New Releases of Both G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Now Available

Jul 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  5 Comments

I just uploaded new releases of both G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor with some great new features in each:
G-Wizard Calculator
For G-Wizard Calculator version 2.81, we added the following:
– Added Thread Mill Feeds and Speeds.  Just choose the new Carbide Thread Mill tool from the Tool Menu:

– Added ER Collets to the…

What Blocking and Tackling Improvements Should Your Shop Focus On?

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

What are the right areas for improvement in your Shop?
Basic Blocking and Tackling–it’s the stuff we do every day, day in and day out, to get the job done.  It’s not as sexy as the silver bullet instant fixes, but it pays the bills.  There are a bunch of basics every Shop has to…

Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Don’t you just hate breaking taps?
We’re putting together a Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines that will consist of two articles in two of our Cookbook series.  The first article, under the Feeds and Speeds Cookbook, discusses tap types, hole sizes, tapping heads, tapping fluids, and much more.  It’s available now.
The second…


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