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5 Great CNC and 3D Printing Posts From Reddit

Jun 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments
CarbobFiberShapeoko

I’ve been spending time over on Reddit lately.  It’s a great resource that uses the Wisdom of Crowds to curate content.  What I mean by that is they not only vote content up and down, but they’re very strict about posting.  Nothing too spammy or too troll-like is tolerated.  Having dealt with some online communities…

9 New User-Inspired Features That Make G-Wizard Better Than Ever

Jun 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  6 Comments
SoftwoodMenu

I love it when you give me fabulous feedback that I can use to improve our software.  The new Vacuum Fixture Mini-Calc was entirely inspired by just one conversation with someone who wasn’t even a customer–it was inspired by a problem that was preventing them from becoming a customer.  This week I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard…

GD&T Course: Plus/Minus Tolerancing

Jun 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
PlusMinusTolerances

Plus/Minus tolerances to locate a hole center…
This week’s GD&T course installment is all about plus/minus tolerancing (also called limit tolerancing).  We get into how it’s done, what it means, and even how to go about choosing what tolerances you should use for parts to achieve their intended purpose and interaction with one another.  Towards…

A Visit to Carbide3D’s Southern California Headquarters

Jun 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  3 Comments
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Robert Grzesek, Jorge (George) Sanchez, Edward Ford, and Apollo Crowe: The Carbide3D Team
A passion for excellence.  Never being satisfied.  Always exploring, looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better.  The pure unadulterated joy of designing and making very cool things–it’s more like play than work.  And maybe just a hint of…

Ultimate Man Cave Decor: Furniture Grade Cabinet for a 3D Printer

Jun 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment
SkullDoorKnocker

3D Printer in a Case?  Perfect decor for your Man Cave…
When I saw this 3D Printer cabinet posted by lsloth over on Reddit I just had to share it here.  Not only is it extremely cool, but it houses a Rostock 3D Printer just like the one CNCCookbook owns.  The Rostock has served us…

GD&T Course: Datum Feature Simulators and Datum Selection

Jun 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment
GraniteSurfacePlate

A granite surface plate can be a Datum Feature Simulator…
Just uploaded another installment in our free course on the fascinating world of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).  This one deals with:

Datum Feature Simulators:  Hint: a granite surface plate is one and we give explanations and examples of more.
How to go about choosing…

Check Out Our Massive New Guide to Vacuum Tables and Fixtures

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Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…
We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done.  It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.
With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant…

Slitting Saw Feeds and Speeds Plus 20 Slitting Saw Tips

Jun 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment
slitting saw arbors for ER collet chucks

Arbors for small slitting saws plug directly into ER Collet chucks.  Check our slitting saw page for more information…
I just seriously beefed up our Slitting Saw Feeds and Speeds page with a lot more information.  I added information about Slitting Saw Arbors, more pictures, and a huge number of additional slitting saw tips and…

GD&T Course: Datums

Jun 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
PositionOrient

Controlling 6 degrees of freedom to position and orient a part…
I just finished posting this week’s new chapter for our free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing) course.  This week’s chapter is all about Datums.  In it, we go through:

Basic definition of Datum
How they appear on drawings
Datums vs Datum Features
Datum Reference…

Quit Scrapping Parts Because They Pop Off Your Vacuum Table

Jun 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments
VacuumMC1

Do you use a vacuum table or vacuum fixtures?
If yes, then I know you’ve scrapped more than one part because it popped off the table due to too much cutting force breaking the vacuum.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick and easy way to stop that from happening?
I get all my…

The MIT Technology Review Has It Wrong About Manufacturing iPhones In the US, And They Know It

Jun 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  6 Comments
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There was a disappointingly fluffy article about the impossibility of manufacturing iPhones in the US written recently in the MIT Technology Review.  The article includes only the most minimal facts to support the author’s conclusion that you can’t make iPhones in America economically.  Commenters quickly point out that BMW makes every example of particular models…

DIY Plasma Tube Notcher

Jun 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
GoblinFrame

Suppose you had to build a bunch of space frame tube chassis like this one:

Making a bunch of space frames means notching a lot of tubes…
Making all those space frames means notching a lot of tubing.  Sounds like a little CNC-style automation is in order.  That resulted in this CNC-driven plasma cutter tube…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment
UserType

We got just under 100 responses to this survey, and it’s time to tally up the results.

About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users…
About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users and 35% are Professionals.  That’s a pretty decent mix, skewed more to the Hobby side than our usual surveys.  Overall,…

What Do Food Trucks, CNC, and Makers Have in Common? Hint: Ask Anthony Bourdain

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
AnthonyBourdain

Why should we be excited about Makers and Hobby CNC’ers?
I just saw this great quote from Anthony Bourdain on Food Trucks over on Scott Johnson’s blog, and it really hit home for me as a CNC’er and Small Business Entrepreneur:
“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs […]…

A New Cookbook is Born: Check Out Our GD&T Tutorial

Jun 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment
GD&T Terminology

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing: GD&T
We’ve just launched our new Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Cookbook.  It’s a free tutorial on GD&T.  We’re just getting started, so there are only two chapters there so far.  But, we’ll add a new one every week and before long we’ll have a very complete GD&T tutorial that’s completely…

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