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Did You Know CNCCookbook Has a CNC Dictionary?

Sep 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments

We created our CNC Dictionary a long time back, but continue to add new terms to it.  It’s part of a long line of reference materials to help beginners come up to speed on CNC. Some other great examples include:

CNC Beginner’s Cookbook:  Beginner’s get started here.  This page guides you down a path of…

Quickie Vise Pallets for Small Parts

Sep 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

The secret sauce for a lot of very clever machine work is in the fixturing and workholding, so I always pay attention when people are posting pictures of their fixtures (he’s a poet and just don’t know it, yeah right!). Here is a nice simple little fixture from Travis on CNCZone:

It’s kind of like…

11 Measurable Benefits of Having a GCode Editor for Your Shop

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

We’re back at it again listening to customers.  I consider CNCCookbook’s customers and readership (that would be you folks!) to be the biggest competitive and business advantage that we have.  There simply are very few CNC Software companies that can listen to what such a large and talented audience has to tell them.
Last week,…

A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these:

Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel…
Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …

Decimal Points: A Quick Way for the Unwary to Crash a CNC Machine

Aug 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Those of you who are relatively new to CNC but who have been around more experienced CNC’ers have probably wondered why they always add a decimal point in the GCode, even when there’s nothing following the decimal.  For example, to go to 5 inches (or mm in metric) right of the origin, they will enter…

8 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best Screwdriver

Aug 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products  //  17 Comments

As machinist’s, we use screwdrivers a lot, right?  Many of us are also major tool junkies.  So, when we get tired of the usual Craftsman or SnapOn options, where do we go for a better screwdriver?
I thought it was worth some research and came up with 9 brands.  What makes a better screwdriver?  Lots…

9 Shocking Statistics About G-Wizard We Couldn’t Make Up

Aug 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I wrote the original G-Wizard Calculator in order to save myself time and get better results machining.  I noticed I was hauling handbooks and tooling catalogs around, punching numbers into calculators, and eventually spending way too much time working through elaborate spreadsheets to get good results.  There were things I was learning from the tooling…

Are 3D Printers the Ultimate Scale Modeler’s Tool?

Aug 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

In my youth I spent hours building precision scale models of various military fighting vehicles from kits made by Tamiya.  They were intricately detailed and I would do everything I could to make them look realistic–right down to weathering them with fancy airbrushed paint jobs. Even so, I was limited to what kits were available…

A Simple Trick to Find the Most Popular Vendor for Anything Sold on the Internet

Aug 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Marketers will make all kinds of noise about how good their products are.  I know we do, for sure, LOL.  But, when you’re shopping for something, it’s helpful to make an end run around the hype.  There are a lot of ways to do this.  One thing I like to do is make my own…

I Failed And Had to Fire Another Customer

Aug 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  9 Comments

Every now and again, any business will encounter an abusive customer.  Sometimes, that customer had a real problem, they were just overly abusive in their quest to get a solution.  Other times, the customer had no legitimate problem, they were either abusive because that’s how they interact, or because they want to be unreasonable to…

Adam Savage’s Radical Alternative to Tool Boxes

Aug 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  14 Comments

What’s better: crazy crowded drawers or a nice vertical organized tool stand?
I’m a toolbox fanatic.  Almost every year when they go on sale after Father’s Day or Christmas, I look over the deals, and buy another rolling tool box.  It seems like there are never enough drawers available to really organize a shop, and…

Dude, You Want To Ride My Dinosaur?

Aug 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment

Bob the Drill-Powered T-Rex Scooter…
Every now and again we come across that guy.  You know, the one who does the coolest projects ever.  The projects that make you giggle nervously or just stare open-mouthed when you see them.  How the heck do these guys and gals even think of these things?
Take Izzy Swan,…

Only a Few Days Left for Top Deals from our CNC Software Sale

Aug 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Beware of missing out!

There’s just a few days left for our CNC Software sale–it ends this Saturday, August 8!
Be sure to check it out.  We’re offering 15% off on all software purchases over $100.  Just visit our Products page to see what all we have to offer.  You’ll see the discount taken in the Shopping Cart, so…

7 Combination or Multi-Function Tools to Save You Time and Money

Aug 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  4 Comments

A combination or multi-function tool is just what it sounds like–a single tool that can perform the functions of more than one tool.  They can save you time and money by eliminating the need for a tool change or saving you a position in your tool carousel or lathe turret.  They can take a little…

It Finally Happened: 5 Axis CNC for the DIY and Maker

Aug 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  9 Comments

If you’d asked me up until very recently whether 5 axis was practical for the CNC DIY’ers and Makers, I would’ve said “No!” without hesitation.  Not only is the hardware complex, but 5 Axis CAM was expensive.  Much of this has now changed fairly recently.  Yes, the hardware is complex and most 5 Axis CAM…


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