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4 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best T-Handle Hex Keys

Feb 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  1 Comment
Wiha T-Handle Hex Keys

I don’t know about you, but I much prefer fasteners that involve hex keys to those that require a slotted or philips head screwdriver.  There are some very fine screwdrivers available, and we’ve written about 8 of the world’s best, but I decided it was high time to track down the world’s best T-Handled Hex…

Announcing Our First CNC Software Sale of 2017-Woohoo!

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We wanted to kick sales up a notch so we’re launching our first sale of 2017.  We think it’s poised to be a great year of growth for us, so we wanted to give you an incentive to help us get some momentum rolling in 2017.
Here’s the deal: we’ve taken down prices on all…

Review: SCE TTS Toolholder Racking System

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

Note: The special offer on these racks has been extended for two weeks–it’s good until March 1st.
It’s only appropriate that our first real product review is the Santa Cruz Electronics TTS Toolholder Racking System.  SCE is one of a select few Tormach distributors, and they happen to be right in my home town of…

CNC’d Ring Box for Your Engagement Ring

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments

I was trying to think of something cool to post around Valentine’s Day, but wasn’t coming up with anything.  And then I saw this product–the Monarch Ring Box.  It’s manufactured via CNC and anodized in a number of beautiful colors.
Wow!
What a neat idea as a way to present an engagement ring to your…

14 Tips For Parts That Are Too Big For Your CNC Machine

Feb 13, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  2 Comments
cnc router aluminum cutting

It’s not always practical to have a machine that’s big enough to easily handle the job at hand.  But, with some clever fixturing and the right techniques, it is often possible to machine much larger parts than what your machine seems capable of handling.   Here’s how:
The Basic Idea, When Machining Parts Too Big For…

Better Feeds and Speeds for Shopbot CNC Routers

Feb 8, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
Shopbot CNC Router Feeds and Speeds Specs Machine Profiles

I wanted to let the Shopbot community know we’ve added some features to our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator just for you.  I have steadily heard two requests from the Shopbot users we already have:
#1:  Give us pre-defined Shopbot Machine Profiles
#2:  Give us the feedrates in inches (or mm) per second because that’s…

New: Machine Learning for Cutting Tools and Feeds and Speeds

Feb 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Machine Learning Robots

These days, it seems like Machine Learning is being talked about everywhere.  Self-driving cars, machines beating humans at every game, Google search results change based on machine learning–artificial intelligence has become much more common that it was in the past.
There’s a reason for that: Machine Learning allows software to learn new tricks without requiring…

Help: How Can I Afford to Buy a CNC Machine?

Feb 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments

Dude, have you seen what these CNC machines cost?
CNC is one of my favorite things in the world, and it is amazing that an individual these days can actually have a full-blown CNC machine that’s more powerful than the machines used to put men on the moon right in their own garage.  Heck, they’re…

How to Create a CAM Package Short List + More CAM Survey Info

Feb 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
cam package visibility

Fellow CNC’ers, there’s still more information to be gleaned from our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Package Survey, it just takes a while to crunch all the numbers with so many folks having responded.
So far, we’ve covered:

Market Share
Customer Satisfaction Awards

This week I want to delve a little bit into the murky process that…

Feedrates for Entering Cuts and Other New G-Wizard Features

Jan 31, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds for plunging

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.72 and it includes some very cool new capabilities.
Let’s start with something that every CNC’er deals with on virtually every new feature while using their CAM System:
What Feedrate Should I Use to Enter a Cut Using a Helix, Ramp, or Plunge?
Yup, CNC’ers deal with this quite…

Help: I Need to Choose the Best Machine For My CNC Business!

Jan 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

Which machine is better for your business, Machine A or Machine B?
We’ve all been there–pouring over machine catalogs and specifications.  This one is so cool–the spindle goes 86 zillion rpms, the rapids are faster than light speed, and the tool changer, oh my, THE TOOLCHANGER!!!
But is the biggest baddest machining center always the…

Major Milestone for Our Free GD&T Course

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
gd&t geometric dimensioning and tolerancing symbol symmetry

I am happy to report that since uploading the latest installment to our Free GD&T Tutorial, we now have course material for every single symbol and are close to completing the course.  There are only a couple of articles yet to be written.
This latest article explains the Symmetry Symbol:

Symmetry tolerance on a drawing……

New GW Calculator Release With More Awesome Suggestions from You!

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I just uploaded GW Calculator version 3.71, and it’s got some great features motivated directly by your suggestions.  A lot of them are detail level usability tweaks and bug fixes, but I want to cover the three most obvious ones here along with an important note for GW Editor users.
New Cheat Sheet Getting Started…

Have You Seen the Free Software and Huge Discounts We Offer to CNC’ers?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
We have some amazing deals that hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  I’m talking about both Free Software and Deep Discounts.
Free Calculators in All Shapes and Sizes
There is a huge…

CAM Survey Results 2016: Customer Satisfaction Awards

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
powermill gold customer satisfaction award cnccookbook

One of the most interesting parts of our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Survey Results is the Customer Satisfaction.  We ask respondents to rate their CAM packages on a scale of:

It Rocks
It’s OK
Not Happy

Having only 3 values keeps it simple.  In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…

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