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Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Techniques  //  No Comments
brokentap

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…

Rapid Prototyping With ProtoLabs

Jun 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments
ProtoLabsER20TTS

ProtoLabs bills itself as the “Fastest Provider of CNC Machined and Injection Molded Parts.”  They were founded in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful computer entrepreneur who was dissatisfied with how hard it was to get injection molded parts made quickly for his computer company.  Lukis decided there had to be a better way and…

The Secret of Choosing CNC Software for Pros vs Hobbyists and Beginners

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
big-vs-little-sumo

I get asked this question all the time by Hobbyists:
How do I know CNCCookbook’s software is right for me?  It looks like it is more for Professionals.
The Pros ask a little different questions aimed at whether it is suitable for the particular kind of work their shop does.  Clearly, each one is thinking…

Take Our CNC Safety Quiz

Jun 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
safetyfirst

Safety is so important around CNC Machines because they can be very dangerous.  No quiz can make you safe by eliminating that danger, but knowing more about safety sure can’t hurt. We’ve put together a quiz with 20 questions to help you review some good safety practices for CNC Shops.  Take the quiz and see…

Clever Stickvise from a CNCCookbook Customer

Jun 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Products  //  2 Comments
Stickvise

I love hearing all the fun stuff our customers do.  Stickvise is a neat product created and sold by Alex Rich, a long-time CNCCookbook reader and G-Wizard Calculator user.  I’ll let Alex tell the Stickvise story in his own words:
I am a long time customer of yours, I work at a company called BriarTek…

The 5 Hardest Things About CNC Feeds and Speeds

Jun 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
WhatsHardAboutLearningCNC

When we recently did our What’s Hard About Learning CNC survey, the area that came out ahead of all the others was Feeds and Speeds:

What’s Hard About Learning CNC?
It was rated the hardest category by beginners, intermediate, and advanced CNC’ers–everyone has trouble with Feeds and Speeds, at least some of the time.  In…

Conversational CNC OD Taper Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
ConversationalCNCLatheMenu

Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…

Carlos Zilzer’s Ultra-Precise CNC Clock

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds  //  1 Comment
CarlosZilzerPythagoras1

I got a nice note from Carlos the other day mentioning how much G-Wizard Calculator had helped him on his CNC Router projects.  I always like to run articles about what customers are doing, and in this case, Carlos has a fascinating project.
He talks about how wood and brass clocks have a hard time…

GE Angel’s Trumpet: The Toy You Wish You Had in Your Shop

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
GEAngelsTrumpet

3D Printing?  Yeah, so what.  I’ve seen lots of 3D printers.  They’re inaccurate as heck, they only produce plastic, and it takes more sanding and bondo than my mother-in-law’s crashed Vista Cruiser station wagon to get a part to look halfway decent.  I’m a real machinist.  I don’t need no stinkin’ 3D Printing, I’ve got…

We’ve Extended Our Sale One More Week

Jun 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
signs-1

I’ve gotten a ton of notes from folks who had only been able to run the free trial a couple of days who wanted to know how they could get a few more days of trial and still buy at the sale price.  It only made sense to extend the sale for one more week…

Conversational CNC Radius Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

Jun 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
ConversationalCNCLatheMenu

Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…

Sales Ends Sunday: Just a Few Days Left!!!

Jun 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Photo courtesy of John Morgan

The end of our big sale is in sight–we’ll be ending it Sunday, June 21 (was June 14, but we extended it for 1 more week).
Meanwhile, for just a few more days, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, but you can…

Demystifying CAD File Formats

Jun 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
BobsNo1SteamEngine1

CAD File Formats can be a confusing mess when  you’re just starting out.  There are so many questions that come up:
–  What’s the best format to use for exchanging information between two different CAD programs?
–  Why does this file open and look like my model but it seems broken in many ways compared…

4 Totally Awesome Things To Make on a CNC Mini Router

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
Shapeoko3

The new Shapeoko 3…
CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days.  Whether you’re talking about inexpensive kits like the Shapeoko or finished ready-to-go-to-work units like the Nomad, there are a bunch of choices available to makers and CNC enthusiasts looking for a good way to start out with CNC. I got to see…

See How You Score on the Basic GCode Programming Quiz

Jun 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  4 Comments
standardtest

We’ve put together a quiz on the subject matter of Basic GCode Programming as covered in our free GCode Tutorial Course.
There are 25 questions and each question has a link to the appropriate chapter of the GCode Tutorial.  Take the quiz and then review just the material you missed.  It’s a great way to…

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