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Combine Modular Fixturing With Simple G-Code For Big Time Savings

Mar 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  No Comments
modular fixturing machining vises

Modular Fixturing can be a huge time saver when setting up different fixtures you use over and over again. For example, most of us use milling vises frequently, but we alternate them with various kinds of plate fixtures for holding multiple parts. Throw in the desire to set up a 4th Axis every now and…

Announcing Our Big Spring 2017 CNC Software Sale!

Mar 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I just rolled out our Spring Sale–all CNC Software has been marked down 15%.
The sale prices don’t show up until you get into the shopping cart, so click through to see what your savings will be.
If you want to look quickly at our most popular packages, just go to our CNC Software Sale …

Brand New Business. No Customers. What Do I Do?

Mar 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments
Empty Party

What if you threw a party and nobody came?
My wife and I love to entertain.  We throw lots of parties, and are famous in our town for certain themed parties we do every year.  The parties are always well attended and we have met many new people as our friends bring their friends to…

Easy Multiple Spindle Options for G-Wizard

Mar 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
auxilliary high speed spindle

It’s fairly common to find machines that have multiple spindle options available.  I don’t mean that you can specify multiple, options, but that there are actual multiple options delivered with the machine.  A very simple example would be multiple pulley ratios.  More exotic would be sub-spindles, for example a high-speed auxiliary spindle or speeder on…

G-Wizard Bonus: Lifetime Free Features – You Savvy?

Mar 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We do a terrible job advertising it, but most of G-Wizard Calculator is free.  Seriously.  You sign up for the 30-day free trial, and when that ends, even if you don’t purchase, most of the tabs will go right on working for you.  There’s a giant treasure trove of useful calculators, utilities, and reference information…

15 – Tools for Manual Work that CNC’ers Won’t Need

Mar 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  9 Comments
Rotary Table

When I bought my first machine tools, they were a manual lathe and then a manual mill. Took me a while to save up enough cash, and then I came to realize that the old saying that the tooling will cost as much as the machines was also true.
Then, along came CNC, not very…

Good News: I’m Going to Be Helping You Start a Business!

Mar 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I read a great quote somewhere:
Making good decisions requires experience.  Experience requires making bad decisions.
I’ve been an entrepreneur who has constantly been starting new businesses across my 30+ year long career.  I’ve found that quote to be true, if a little painful to actually live through.

Netflix founder was one of my mentors……

How Well Do You Know GD&T [Important for Pro CNC’ers!]

Mar 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

A simple GD&T drawing…
If you work from prints that 3rd parties send you to make parts from, chances are you’ve seen some Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols on them.  GD&T is the industry standard to communicate size, location, orientation, and form requirements on an engineering drawing.
We offer a free mini-course on just…

[CNC Chef Video] Chip Thinning: Clear and Present Danger if Ignored

Mar 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
radial chip thinning formula

Just launched my this month’s video with Cutting Tool Engineering for my “CNC Chef” column (a playful reference to the CNCCookbook).  In the first video, I covered the subject of Tool Rubbing.  It comes as a surprise to some that if you try to slow down a cut too much, it is actually much worse…

[Review] Tosa Tool’s ER Tightening Fixture: Great CNC Shop Tool

Mar 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
Tosa Tool TTS Compatible Tool Mount

I’ve  got a fair few products to review in my backlog, so I’m going to try to get these out to you every week or two until I am caught up.  This week, I’ve got Tosa Tool’s (Dan Bye’s excellent company) TTS Compatible Tool Mount.  It’s an ER Collet Chuck Tightening Fixture.  In fact, both…

New Optional G-Wizard Calculator Release Available

Mar 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.83.  This is an optional release, PC only (not Mac), which means I won’t be turning on the auto-update right away.  I do optional releases when I want folks who want the latest and greatest to check things out a bit before the mainstream gets hold of it.  If…

[Vise Stop Review] Imaginetool’s Way Cool New SideStop

Mar 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
ImagineTool SideStop Work Stop Vise Stop

I just got my hands on a new product for review.  It’s the SideStop, a next-generation vise stop (work stop) made by the good folks at ImagineTool:

The SideStop is a next-generation vise work stop…
The SideStop is one of those “Better  Mousetrap” kinds of products.  Better mouse traps are great–we all love to find…

Mommas Don’t Let Your Studs Jack Up Your T-Bolts!

Mar 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  10 Comments
Broken T-Slot

With appologies to Waylon Jennings and his iconic, “Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys,” I present this bad day in the shop:

Fixing a broken T-Slot is darned near impossible…
Fixing a broken T-Slot is darned near impossible.  Your best bet is to use it as an excuse to buy a…

G-Wizard’s Tips: Your Expert Mentor and Assistant

Mar 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Personalized service, advice, and mentorship is great.  Having the hotel concierge advise you on the best place to find food you’ll like in a city that’s new to you can really make for a memorable dinner.  Having a good friend who’s been doing CNC for their entire career and is a master can really help…

Shopmade Tool: Accurately Measure Bores With an Indi-Calipers

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  6 Comments
shopmade dial bore gage

One of the most accurate ways to measure a bore is with a dial bore gage, but these can be really expensive and seldom used tools.  A nice Mitutoyo dial bore gage set is almost $400 as I write this.
I loved this gadget by gbritnell I saw on HMEM to adapt a DTI to…

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