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CNC Probes and Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Sep 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
CNC Probe Usage

We had a couple hundred participate in our 2016 Probe and Toolsetter survey, which is great–it shows there is quite a lot of interest in the topic .  Let’s go over the results!
Do you use a CNC Probe?

77% of survey respondents use probes while about 23% do not.  I am suspicious the results…

39 Feeds and Speeds Hacks, Tips, and Techniques

Sep 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
scotty-meme-she-s-gonna-blow

Breaking Through Roadblocks

Sometimes you just get stuck…
Sometimes you just get stuck.  You need to do something and it doesn’t look like it’s possible.  We’ll start with a series of hacks for those situations.
#1-#3 My Spindle Won’t Run Slowly Enough for the Material and Tooling I Need
This problem happens particularly often if…

Making It Absurdly Easy to Get Started With G-Wizard Calculator

Sep 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
g-wizard social login

OK, granted, “Absurdly Easy” might be exaggerating things a bit, but I try to constantly make G-Wizard easier for everyone.  Lately, I’ve been working diligently on the very beginning of the process.  Many will have noticed the recent appearance of a brand login popup and with the latest release I uploaded there is now a…

How to Warm Up Your CNC Machine for Maximum Performance and Reliability

Sep 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Stretching

Your CNC machine needs some stretching and warmup before running hard just like any athlete…
Do you run a warm up program on your CNC machine at the beginning of your work day?
Why you need a Warm Up Program
If not, you should.  Here’s why:

It’ll help distribute way oil evenly and make sure…

Curious About Probes? Take Our 2016 CNCCookbook Probe Survey to Learn More

Sep 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
3d touch cnc probe

Here at CNCCookbook we learn a lot from our surveys.  We have a large and vibrant audience of CNC’ers (that’s you, folks!)–over 3 million visitors a year.  Our typical surveys bring in a few hundred responses, which is enough to be statistically significant.  And, they’re from all walks of life from beginning hobbyists on through…

Cylindricity: Another Installment in Our Free GD&T Course

Sep 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Cylindricity GD&T Symbol

I just uploaded the chapter covering the Cylindricity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Cylindricity defines how far the shape may differ from an ideal cylinder, so it is a very useful tolerance that’s common to use.
“What’s this Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing?”, you ask.  The short answer is that it…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Interview With Wazer Cofounder Nisan Lerea

Sep 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  6 Comments
techcrunch-unicorn

Hope you caught my original post about Wazer, the Personal Desktop Waterjet.  This afternoon I had a chance to catch up with Nisan Lerea, once of Wazer’s cofounders.  He was attending Techcrunch’s Disrupt conference, so we talked via Skype.
What’s the Wazer story?  Nothing like the 2 minute pitch from the Founders about how the…

Wazer: A Personal Desktop Waterjet

Sep 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments
wazer personal desktop waterjet

We’ve reached a point where a number of industrial CNC technologies are available for the Home Shop and small businesses.  What once was strictly limited to big companies engaged in putting Men on the Moon is becoming ubiquitous–exciting times indeed!
And along comes Wazer, which seeks to add Waterjet cutting the arsenal of cool digital…

Secrets of the Top Machine Shops: Detailed Analysis

Sep 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
topshopslogo

One of the best ways to learn how to make your business more successful is to study the practices of other businesses, especially successful businesses.  Being aware of what other businesses do and comparing your business to them goes under a lot of names, but two you’ll hear often are Benchmarking and Best Practices.
MMSOnline’s…

Total Beginners Guide to Feeds and Speeds, Part 2

Sep 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Guest-Post, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Sweet Spots for Feeds and Speeds

Part 2 of my super simple course on Feeds and Speeds for Beginners is up over on the Carbide3D Blog. Yes, that’s right, I guest posted over on their blog.
In Part 1 (also guest posted at Carbide3D), I went over the “Speeds” part of Feeds and Speeds.  That is, I talked about how to…

Announcing a New Deep Learning Guide for CNC Beginners

Sep 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Step by step guide to making CNC parts for beginners

You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make…
You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make.  You’ve been lusting after your own CNC Machine for a long time.  You just want to put the two together, but try as you might, there’s no map to guide you.  No article…

Interview With Zach Kaplan On The New X-Carve CNC Router

Sep 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
Zach Kaplan with X-Carve

Here’s Zach with the new X-Carve CNC Router…
I just did an interview with Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, to learn more about their newly upgraded X-Carve CNC Router.  In addition to getting the juicy details about the machine, Zach and I also had a chance to catch up on some other great topics.
Here’s…

Back to School Sale Ends in a Few Days!

Aug 31, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
ThankYouBW

We’re ending our Back to School Sale this Friday, just a few days left for you to save!
All our CNC Software is marked down 15%–to see your savings, just click through to the shopping cart.
Here are just a few of the deals you’ll find:
–  Get a 3 year subscription to GW Calculator…

Circularity: Another Chapter in the Free GD&T Course

Aug 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Circularity (Roundess) callout

I just uploaded a chapter covering the Circularity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Circularity, as you would expect, is commonly used for circular parts such as cylinders, cones, and spheres.  It’s important when the parts must move smoothly and with a minimum of wear, so for example, one might want…

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