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Halloween Sale Ends Tomorrow: Last Chance to Save on CNC Software

Oct 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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We’re giving 15% off any purchase over $99 for our Halloween sale, but the sale ends tomorrow on Halloween Friday.  To get your savings, just place the order and you’ll see the discount automatically taken in the shopping cart.
Here are just a few of the great deals you can get with this sale:
G-Wizard Calculator: 3 Year Subscription is $109.65.  So if you were thinking of a 1 year for $69, you can get 2 more years for just $40.65.  If you prefer a lifetime versus subscription, you can get a GW Calculator lifetime for just $211.65.  Boo!
G-Wizard Editor:  3 year subscriptions are $169.15, save $29.85.  … Read the rest

Machinist Improve Thy Machines

Oct 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  3 Comments
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(With appologies for borrowing and paraphrasing the old phrase “Physician heal thyself.”)
I met my first machinist when I was 9 years old in the Third Grade.  I was interested in Astronomy and my Dad and I were trying to build an improved equatorial (meaning it would follow the stars in their paths) mounting for a telescope I had.  We were making the mount out of plumbing fittings and pillow block bearings, a practice that is still in vogue today (see diagram to the right).  But, we needed the shafts cut to fit the pillow blocks.  At that age, I had no idea how that could be done, but my Dad was sure we needed a machinist, and he proceeded to visit shop after shop until he found one who was willing to take some time on a money losing project to help a 9 year old with an odd project.  … Read the rest

Intro Feeds and Speeds for Mills and CNC Routers: More G-Wizard University Videos

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded two new G-Wizard University Videos.  G-Wizard University is a series of short 10-15 minute training videos that specialize in different aspects of using the G-Wizard Calculator and Editor software.  Videos are a fast way to learn for most people and these bit-sized videos make it easier to find one specific to what you need and go through it quickly.
The two new videos are part of the Feeds and Speeds section and are:
– Feeds and Speeds for Milling Machines:  Covers all the basics of how to use G-Wizard Calculator’s Feeds and Speeds app for Milling Machines. Topics include searching the Materials Database, Tool Selection, Tool Geometry, Stickout, Deflection, Climb vs Conventional Milling, and more.… Read the rest

Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
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It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  Pick your favorite movie superhero and someone somewhere in the wacky world of Cosplay is doing an amazing job recreating the movie props they need to look just like that character.
In this article we’ll survey some of the more amazing results so you can get an idea of what’s possible and where to get started on your own Cosplay project.  … Read the rest

10 Most Popular CNCCookbook Posts for the Past 12 Months

Oct 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

It’s been almost a year since we did a “most popular posts” article.  I like to do them from time to time because sometimes people miss the good stuff and because I like to know what really turns our readers on so I can research and write more of the same.
Here are the Top 10:
#1 – 10 Tips for CNC Router Aluminum Cutting Success
This has been one of our all-time most popular articles.  People want to be able to cut aluminum on their routers, including mini-routers and the new generation of small CNC mills.  It’s all doable if you know the secrets and frustrating as heck if you don’t.… Read the rest

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
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I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before, and we know co-founder Rob G. well because he makes the MeshCam CAM software CNCCookbook sells (on sale for 15% off as we speak).  In fact, integrating MeshCam with the Nomad is one of their many secrets to making a far better mousetrap for non-machinists to get their feet wet with CNC.… Read the rest

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment
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There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer this cheap?
Time will tell, but I did sign up for the $249 unit.  I have no idea what I’ll use it for, but it was just too cute to pass up.  It’ll go nicely with my miniature CNC Router.
This little 3D printer is called the iBox Nano, and is a Kickstarter project.  … Read the rest

Installing a Tool Turret on the Tormach Lathe: Part 1

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Products  //  1 Comment
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I’ve been using my Tormach Lathe a bit more lately and got tired of tripping over the crated tool turret, so I decided it was time to get it installed on the machine.  In Part 1, we’re just rigging it into the position.  The turret is substantial and you wouldn’t want to do this without a hoist:

An engine hoist works great to rig it onto the slide.  Chuck guard was removed for this task.

And here it is in position with the chuck guard reinstalled…
An engine hoist works great to rig it onto the slide.  It’s held in place by 6 M8 x 50 socket head cap screws on hardened washers.  … Read the rest

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 6

Oct 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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This is part 6 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
You didn’t think we were done building a Tony Stark-inspired workshop, did you?  I just needed a little break to do the research involved for the next installment.  That’s really what the series is about–looking out for the way cool products that any Super Hero’s Workshop would have, but that most of won’t be able to afford.  At least not right away. Prices keep coming down on things and one day, maybe, just maybe, they’ll finally be within reach.
For Part 6, we’re going to talk about Metrology gadgets.  … Read the rest

Halloween Sale: No Tricks Only Treats!

Oct 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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Hey, nothing spooky about 15% off is there?  We’re giving 15% off any purchase over $99 for our Halloween sale.  Just place the order and you’ll see the discount automatically taken in the shopping cart.  Sale ends when Halloween ends, Oct 31.
Here are just a few of the great deals you can get with this sale:
G-Wizard Calculator: 3 Year Subscription is $109.65.  So if you were thinking of a 1 year for $69, you can get 2 more years for just $40.65.  If you prefer a lifetime versus subscription, you can get a GW Calculator lifetime for just $211.65.  … Read the rest

Introducing G-Wizard University: Video Training for G-Wizard Software

Oct 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

We’re embarking on a new program to make training for our software fully available as short easily digested YouTube videos.  The plan is to do one or two new videos each week until we’ve covered our products top to bottom.  The first video is up and is an introduction and basic walk through of G-Wizard Calculator for new comers:

There are two new home pages:
G-Wizard University for Calculator
G-Wizard University for Editor
I’ll do a certain amount of jumping around to try to cover the most common questions and newly introduced features.  Hopefully a steady regimen of releasing a video or two a week will enable us to reach a helpful critical mass fairly soon.… Read the rest

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.56 for PC and Mac users.  There are a couple of nice goodies in this release that have been widely requested by the user base:
Manual Recalculation for CADCAM Wizards
Folks on machines that are a little slower have never really liked the automatic recalculation for CADCAM Wizards.  It can be a little slow and distracting if you’re trying to change more than one parameter at once.  Well, no more.  Recalculation is now manual.  There’s a big recalc button in the top right corner.  The “Recalc” label turns red when it needs to recalculate, like this:

Recalc button is right above the graphical “Pocket” icon…
Take your time filling out all the parameters you like and press “Recalc” when done to get CADCAM Wizard to do its thing.  … Read the rest

The Coolest 3D Printed Project I Have Seen To Date

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

German genius Dieter Michael Krone has 3D printed a gun that automatically folds and launches paper airplanes:

Cool beans!  Don’t you just want to take that thing up to the top of the Empire State Building or something?… Read the rest

Secrets of How to Use Customers to Validate Your Business Ideas

Oct 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  3 Comments
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Whether you’re trying to put together a Kickstarter project, launch a new product another way, or start a new business, it’s important to find some way of validating your idea before you get too much invested in it.  I’ve written an article over on my business strategy blog, Smoothspan, that talks about how to do that.  While it is oriented towards software companies, it’s principles are just as applicable to almost any other business idea you might want to test.
Here is the article:
Secrets of When and How to Talk to Customers at a Startup
Give it a read and I hope you’ll find it helpful for your own business needs.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Tony Start Inspired Workshop, Part 5

Oct 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
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This is part 5 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this installment, we’ll be taking a look at what sort of 3D Printers a workshop like this might include.  There are a number of different 3D Printing technologies available, and no one process is suitable for all parts, so we’ll take a look at two different categories: plastic and metal printers.
Why Do We Need a 3D Printer?
Aside from the cool factor (which is undeniable), why would a workshop like this even need a 3D printer, let alone two?
There are two strong answers to that question.… Read the rest

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