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Save on CNC Software Until Memorial Day

May 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
ChristopherWalkenCandidate

Come on, everyone wants more Cowbell, right?  Well, we don’t sell Cowbells, but we do sell CNC Software that guaranteed to make you a better CNC’er or your money back. So how about more CNC software?  In fact, we’ll make it not only easy but cheap with our Memorial Day Sale.
There’s just a few…

Get Help Narrowing the CAD Field With CADFinder

May 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
CADFinder

And now for something completely different…
We recently completed a major survey of CAD users.  It enabled us to build a unique database of hundreds of responses from folks who use these CAD programs on a daily basis.  We published the results, but then we had another idea.
What if We Could Use the CAD…

IOT and the Biggest Challenges to Data-Driven Manufacturing, Part 1

May 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
IoT and Factory Automation

I read with interest Willy Shih’s (Professor of Management Practice at Harvard) and Helmuth Ludwig’s (EVP at Siemens PLM Software) article in the Harvard Business Review on the Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing.  In it, they discuss the idea that Data-Driven Manufacturing and the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors connected to the Internet (the so-called…

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Reviews of 7 Leading CAD Programs

May 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments
UJoint

What sorts of things would you want to know before purchasing a new CAD Software Package? These packages are expensive, you’ll spend hours learning to use them effectively, and they make the difference between success or failure of your next CNC project. The choice you make will impact your productivity for a long time.
Here…

Powerful Hybrid Turning/Milling on a VMC Done Cheap

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
TormachRapidTurn

Ever used your VMC to turn parts?  Not so much I bet.  A lot of CNC Lathe users, OTOH, have probably milled parts, provided they have live tooling.  In fact, I’ve talked to many who prefer to mill on their lathes when the nature of the part makes it possible.  A lathe with bar feeder…

CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey and Reviews

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Products  //  No Comments
ShopBotDesktop

Our readers have gotten a lot of value from CNCCookbook surveys in the past.  You’ve learned things like what the most popular CAD and CAM packages are, or what users think the particular strengths and weaknesses of some of these packages are.  I’ve always felt the best reviews are from the people using the products…

CNCCookbook Memorial Day Sale: Details Here!

May 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Memorial Day Sale

We’ve marked down all our CNC Software so you save 15% on any purchase–that’s on everything we offer.
Here are just a few of the deals we have for you:
–  Get a 3 year subscription to GW Calculator for $109.99 instead of the regular $129.
–  Get a lifetime subscription to GW Calculator for…

Bootstrap Your DIY CNC Mill Conversion With a 3D Printer

May 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment
3D Printed DIY CNC Motor Mount

One of the problems with getting started with a CNC Conversion is not having a CNC to help you make the parts.  You can find kits, which are very helpful.  You can try to manually machine the parts, which is entirely doable.  I did some of both for my first CNC project–an RF-45 mill conversion.  …

HP Announces Details On Their New Line of Jet Fusion 3D Printers

May 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Products  //  4 Comments
HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers

HP’s new Jet Fusion printers range from $130,000 to over $200,000.  This is their 4200 model…
HP announced at an unveiling event at the RAPID Tech Conference in Orlando, Florida that it has launched it’s new 3D printing line and the machines can print 10 times faster and at half the cost of 3D printers…

10 CNC Plasma Cutter Project Ideas

May 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects  //  2 Comments
Plasma Cut Fire Pit

So you’re thinking about CNC Plasma Cutters (also called Plasma Tables) and you’re wondering what you might make with one.  Here’s a bunch of ideas to get the juices flowing.
Yard Art

Turn an old saw into artwork…
Signs

Business sign…

House number with brushed and rusted finishes…

A sign for your teenage daughter’s bedroom……

The Ugly Secret About Post Processors Plus 8 Custom Post Processor Ideas

May 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
What is a Post Processor?

What is a Post Processor?
Post Processors are an essential part of any CAM Software, but they’re one of those things most CNC’ers know just a little about but not a lot.  I’ve just added a new chapter to our Free G-Code Tutorial Course that’s totally focused on Post Processors.
It covers the following:

What…

How Can I Figure Out What Tool to Use on My CNC Mill Or Router? (Part 3: Pocketing)

May 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
CarbSpacer

In Part 3 of our series on how to select the right CNC Cutter we’ll be talking about pocketing.
What are Pockets?
Pockets are cavities in the top of the part.  Or, at least the face that’s on top during the milling process.  They can have a floor, or they can be open by piercing…

Want to Get More Done? Try the Pomodoro Technique

May 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
Get more done with ToDo Wizard

Photo courtesy of Entrepreneurship Life…
How I Get More Done
I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with productivity.  Like many of you, I always have more projects on my plate than I can possibly get done, but that doesn’t stop me from constantly biting off more than I can chew.  I equate success…

New Feature: Real Time Cut Width and Depth Optimization in G-Wizard Calculator

May 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
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Real Time Optimization: Part of My Evil Plans for World Domination!
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator v3.26 and it includes Real Time Cut Width and Depth Optimization.  Folks, let me tell you, Real Time is better than sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.  I say that entirely tongue in cheek because a competitor has…

Quick and Easy Waterproof LED Lighting For My Tormach CNC Lathe

May 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments
Lights3

I got tired of it being so dark in the enclosure of my Tormach CNC Lathe, so got talking about lighting with my friend John Bower, who is the local Tormach dealer in Northern California.  His store is called Santa Cruz Electronics, and he has all sorts of nifty electronic stuff on hand for projects…

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