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Adorable Guide to Robotic Bartenders, Cocktail Machines, and Bionic Bars

Jul 26, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Robotic Bartenders, Cocktail Machines, Bionic Bars, whatever you want to call them, I am fascinated by Barbots.  You know, completely automated machines that can mix cocktails for you.
I’m interested for two reasons.  First, I like to entertain, love gadgets, and I think a Barbot would be the hit of a party.  Most folks have…

Tool Centerline Tolerances for Turning: Expert Techniques

Jul 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  7 Comments
turning tool height gage

Every machinist knows things work a whole lot better when turning if you can get your tool tip right on the centerline.  During my trip to Tormach to test their CNC lathe before I got one, I saw this first hand.  I “eyeballed” a tool tip to center and made an OD turning pass.  The…

Blog Post Ideas: How To Find the Best Ones

Jul 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

How do I discover great blog post ideas?
My last business related article about the evils of cold calling struck a chord, if your email response was any indication.  I had a lot of questions about the technique of inbound content marketing.
One of the most common was where will I get enough blog post…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Router Build: Part 1 – Unboxing

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

Why a DIY CNC Router?

I’ve wanted to do a video project series for a while and decided building a Shapeoko CNC Router was the right one.  We needed to get an entry-level CNC in, it’ll be the precursor for more project videos done with the router, and I’ve been wanting to get a DIY…

Radically Simplifying G-Wizard Startup for New Users

Jul 19, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Every software package faces an initial hurdle–what it takes for a new user to get it installed and working so they can experience the magic the package can bring for them.
Our G-Wizard Calculator is no exception.  It needs to know some things about your CNC Machine before it can give you the best Feeds…

Truth and Lies About Cold Calls, Cold Emails, and Advertising

Jul 19, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  4 Comments

Cold calls.  Advertising.  Cold Emails.
That’s Old School marketing at its finest.  It’s no wonder that guy in the photo looks so darned cold in his office.  Does your CNC-related business use these methods?  Is there a better way?
When you approach someone cold and try to sell them something, that’s called “Outbound” marketing.  That’s…

Guilloche, Rose Engines, Jeweling, & Engine Turning for Artistic Machining

Jul 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Classic engine turning by Eamonn Keogh…
Machining is often about mechanical precision and function, but not always.  There is a huge body of knowledge concerned with machining for artistic effect.  This article will sample some of the techniques involved.
Jeweling and Engine Turning
The beautiful patterns on the pieces in the image at the top…

Button Cutter, Copy Mill, or Toroidal Cutter: Round Insert Milling Cutters

Jul 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Have you ever tried a button cutter for milling?
If so, you’ll know that these versatile tools can really do a good job for you.  They’re commonly used for pocketing, die/mold roughing, face milling, slotting, step milling, and even helical interpolation of holes.
There’s a lot to recommend round inserts as they have a number…

CAM Tips: Optimize Toolpaths for Better Tool Life and Surface Finish

Jul 10, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Optimize your toolpaths for better tool life and surface finish…
How much time do you spend optimizing your CAM software toolpaths?  Do you usually just take what it gives you out of the box, provided it machines the part properly?
Don’t feel bad, most people do the same.  Not many CNC’ers realize that a few…

Dropbox: Awesome File Sharing Tool for Multiple PC’s

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  5 Comments

I wanted to pass along a quick note about Dropbox, a piece of software I’ve really become dependent on. It’s purpose is to create a folder on all of your machines that in reality exists in the “Cloud” so that it is really easy to share files between machines by copying them to the Dropbox…

Ride Your Next Case of Beer Home On a Beer Scooter

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

I got a chuckle out of this crazy YouTube video:

The bar stool racers are cool, but this beer case scooter is awesome!…

Blueprint for Growing Traffic Each Stage of a Website’s Life

Jul 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Here’s one of the most valuable pieces of insight about growing your business website’s traffic you’ll ever come across, yet I’ve never seen it stated so succinctly anywhere else.
Websites have a traffic lifecycle and they need a different growth strategy that is based on where they are in the lifecycle.
If a picture is…

Jigs and Fixtures: Show Me the Money [Video]

Jul 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

There’s an old saying among machinists–fixtures are where you make your money.  If you’re good at making fixtures that save time, you’ll turn a bigger profit.  Or so the saying goes.
But is it really true?  Is it always true?  Will every job benefit from fancy fixturing?
I put together a Free Fixture Calculator that…

[Just Launched] Firecracker CNC Software Sale

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
firecracker cnc software sale

Good news, CNC’ers:
I’ve just launched our annual Firecracker CNC Software Sale!
Here’s the deal.  You get 15% off any CNC software we sell until the sale ends, Friday, July 14.  The savings is automatically taken in the shopping cart, so you don’t have to do anything except click through to see the savings.  No…

[CNC Chef Video] Turret vs Gang Tooling on CNC Lathes

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
turret vs gang tooling

For this months Cutting Tool Engineering Video, the CNC Chef (that’d be me!) goes over the pros and cons of Turret versus Gang Tooling:

Turret vs Gang Tooling for CNC Lathes…
I’ve also got an in-depth article that goes over the material if you prefer to read text than watch a video:

[ Turret vs…



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