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[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…

How Quora Launched My Website Traffic [Growth for New Sites]

Jun 26, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments
secret sauce for new website traffic

 

How do new websites get traffic?
As most of you CNCCookbook readers know, I have an entrepreneurship blog (BobWarfield.com), where I am teaching the techniques I used to grow CNCCookbook and other businesses.  I have a system that works well from absolute nothing to the 4 million plus visits a year CNCCookbook gets.  It…

Introducing Free DXF Files: Ready To Cut CNC Designs

Jun 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
free dxf files

There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects.  Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are option 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.  Sometimes we’re adding a design as a decorative element on top of…

How to Aftercool a Compressor to Remove Moisture [Easy Project]

Jun 20, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  4 Comments
compressor aftercooler

First, a little bit of the theory. If you haven’t already noticed, compressors accumulate a ton of moisture. It’s a good idea to have an electric automatic drain in the bottom of your tank. The moisture comes because the air coming out of the compressor is pretty hot–a couple of hundred degrees isn’t unusual. It…

How Lead Nurturing Fixes Your Website’s Biggest Problem

Jun 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

You’ve got a website for your business.  You’d like to have more sales from it.  What’s your biggest problem?
It’s a simple one that every website, including CNCCookbook has:

96% of visitors aren’t ready to buy anything from you when they visit
Most of your visitors and mine came to the site looking for something…

6 Things A Brand New CNC’er Should Learn to Get Started

Jun 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
diy cnc machines mill router 3d printer

So you’ve just gotten interested in CNC, and you notice the waters look a little deep.  How do you get started?
Here are 6 things you should learn about first, before you buy a CNC machine, before you do anything else, just to get oriented and see what this CNC thing is all about.  It…

CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software  //  18 Comments
CNC Machine Hourly Rate

Our G-Wizard Estimator software has a Machine Hourly Rate Calculator.   A lot of shops use the notion of hourly rate on machines to help with job cost estimation and quotation, but there’s not a lot of information available about how to calculate a good hourly rate to use.
Here’s what the CNC Machine Hourly Rate…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey, Part 2

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  10 Comments

In the first part of our 2017 CNC Router survey series, we covered:

Hobby vs Professional User Segments
CNC Router Market Share
Customer Satisfaction by Manufacturer
Size and Features of CNC Routers
Type of Materials Being Cut

In this installment, we’ll drill down a little more deeply and find out a little more about why…

Customer Spotlight: Voxel Innovations

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  2 Comments

Daniel Herrington, CEO, and Michael Bromley, Lead Engineer
Customer Spotlights are a regular CNCCookbook blog series where we tell our audience what the folks using our software are up to.  This week we are spotlighting Voxel Innovations, which has developed a unique machining process called Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM).  For this spotlight I worked with…

What is SFM’s meaning and how it is used [Surprisingly Simple Guide]

Jun 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Techniques  //  1 Comment
what is sfm

What is SFM’s meaning?  How is SFM used?
You don’t have to be fooling around with machining or CNC long to come across the abbreviation “SFM”.  In this article I’ll explain this useful concept.
Let’s get one thing out of the way quickly, SFM is an acronym for “Surface Feet per Minute”.  It’s a unit…

5 Axis CNC Benefits [There are 7 Big Ones!]

Jun 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  6 Comments
5-Axis Machining

5 axis CNC machines are the pinnacle of milling machine sophistication.  They’re the most expensive machines to purchase, and due to the complex motions involved, even more cost is involved with the need for the most sophisticated 5 axis CAM packages available.  Find out why they’re worth it here.
Let’s start by getting an idea…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments
cnc router pro versus hobby users

This year, we got 160 survey responses.  Here are the results:

72% of respondents are hobby users…
72% of respondents are hobby users, up slightly from 2016.  Overall, CNCCookbook’s audience is the reverse–70% professional and 30% hobby.

CNC Router Overall Market Share…
Compared to last year, there are a number of changes:

Carbide3D / Shapeoko…

Learn How the Marketing Masters Grew Their Businesses

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment
Top 15 Marketing Masters

Top 15 Marketing Masters: Benchmarking the World’s Best Marketers…
As an engineer and software developer, I’m a very numbers oriented kind of guy.  Heck, I created the G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator to get better feeds and speeds for my own work before I ever thought of turning it into a business.  I wanted those…

How to Use Techniques from High Reliability Organizations to Improve a CNC Shop

May 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Guest-Post, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Health care, airlines, and many other businesses are “High Reliability Organizations”…
Tom Baker is president of Steradian Laser Tag, an industry leader in designing and manufacturing professional laser tag equipment. Steradian uses a Tormach PCNC 1100 in-house to produce much of their equipment and G-Wizard for Feeds and Speeds.  We’ve profiled his business in the…

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