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Complete Guide to Getting the Most from Your Mini, Desktop, or DIY CNC Machine

Aug 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Today’s Mini, Desktop, and DIY CNC Machines are capable of some truly amazing work…
Are you struggling to get the best performance from your mini CNC machine?
Maybe you built a DIY CNC Router Kit like a Shapeoko (CNCCookbook has one!) or Inventables X-Carve.  Perhaps you’ve converted a mini milling machine like one of the…

Fabulous Freebie: DXF plus G-Wizard Giveaway (Ends Aug 18)

Aug 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

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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 usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.
Many times, the hardest part of…

9 Helpful But Random Shop Tips

Aug 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Because we all like helpful shop tips, even the random ones, right?
Use a Sharpie to Locate Your Vacuum Fixture Gaskets
Vacuum Fixtures are the bee’s knees for a lot of jobs, but you need to be aware of where the leaks are going to appear as your part is cut out and use gaskets…

Easy Guitar Drawing for Custom Guitar Bodies, Part 1 [CNC / CAD Project]

Aug 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Need a guitar drawing so you can CNC a custom electric guitar body?
Me too!  Ever since I got in our new Shapeoko CNC Router Kit, I’ve been thinking about what projects I want to build with it.  Custom electric guitars are very high on the list.  And a little DIY CNC Router like this…

First Blog Post: How to Become a Blogger With Easy Examples

Aug 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

If a bulldog can ride a skateboard, you can write your first blog post.  It’s easy, and I’ll show you how.
If you’ve been reading my business tips and my entrepreneur blog, you’ll name I’m a huge fan of using content as your primary marketing tool.
But I’ll bet a lot of you, when you…

[CNC Chef Video] CAM Toolpath Tips to Improve Tool Life and Surface Finish

Aug 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  2 Comments
cam toolpath tips

Just released another edition of my monthly video column over on Cutting Tool Engineering magazine. This one is all about some of the ways you can optimize your CAM Toolpaths for better tool life and surface finish.

The CNC Chef: Toolpath Tips from Cutting Tool Engineering on Vimeo.
For more CAM Toolpath Tips, check out…

My Best Business Idea Research to You Via Facebook

Aug 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

What if you could get the very best marketing ideas as soon as your favorite marketing expert has them?
Imagine having a high-octane idea feed like that available for you to brainstorm on what to do next to grow your online business.  Wouldn’t it be seriously valuable?
Let me explain how I accomplish just exactly…

Have You Seen Our Ultimate Fly Cutter Page?

Aug 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
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Clickspring’s holographic fly cutter finish…
Do you use a fly cutter in your CNC work?
Maybe you’re a pro who views fly cutters as a throwback to the days when there was no CNC and we were winning a war with Bridgeport milling machines.  There is an element of truth to that, but fly cutters…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Kit: Part 2 Assembly

Jul 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Here’s the second installment of the CNCCookbook CNC Kit build.  In the first installment (unpacking the CNC Router Kit), I introduced the project, discussed why I picked the Shapeoko over other kits, included some details about how to do a time-lapse video, and gave a time-lapse video of unboxing the Shapeoko XXL we are building.…

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

Jul 26, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

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  //  8 Comments
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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 Kit: Part 1 – Unboxing

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  7 Comments

Why a DIY CNC Router Kit?

I’ve wanted to do a video project series for a while and decided building a Shapeoko CNC Router Kit 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 wanted to get a…

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…



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