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Thank You Tormach for Making G-Wizard One of Your 10 Things

Nov 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

A big shout out for Tormach, who just named G-Wizard one of the 10 things they’re thankful for:
Choosing feeds and speeds can be tricky – so much so that even veteran machinists can sometimes struggle with it. CNC Cookbook has developed G-Wizard, which lowers the barrier to using the proper speeds and feeds. We’re…

Surprising Things We Learned About Cloud CAD Software (Survey Results)

Nov 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  4 Comments

We just finished our big survey on Cloud CAD Software, and the results are fascinating.
One thing before we start.  The survey was worded to encourage responses only from people who had actually tried a Cloud CAD Software package.  There are plenty of folks that have preconceived notions about what they think, but I really…

Thank You! (Our Special Thanks to You)

Nov 22, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

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Dear Friends of CNCCookbook:
As we enter the Holiday Season this 2015, I wanted to shout out a huge Thank You to all of you!
We are nowhere close to being done, but we’ve had quite a record year so far, and we couldn’t have done it without you.  By any measure, we…

Have You Tried Any of the Cloud CAD Packages Yet?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  4 Comments

We’re running a survey so we can give our readers some feedback on Cloud CAD. If you have any experience using one of these packages such as Fusion360 or Onshape, please take our survey and tell us what you thought.
The survey is short and won’t take much time at all.  Just click the button…

Can You Really Trust a Blake Coaxial Indicator?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

It’s a common problem for a machinist to need to find the center of a circular feature–either a boss or a hole.  There are a lot of ways to do this ranging from using a probe on a CNC to using one of the many tried-and-true methods that started out with manual machining.  The Blake…

Can’t Afford a CMM? Just Use a Mill With Accurate DRO

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  7 Comments

A CMM is a device used to take accurate measurements from physical objects–typically parts in your machine shop.  The letters “CMM” stand for “Coordinate Measuring Machine.”  They’re extremely useful to have around, so much so that many shops experience productivity boosts when they locate a CMM right on the shop floor where it can be…

Gorgeous W-18 Engine from Modeles Patelo

Nov 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

What if watchmakers made small model engines instead of watches?  The end result would have to be very much like the miniature engines made by Spanish machinist José Manuel Hermo Barreiro.  There are multiple designs–V-12, W-32, and this W-18–and each one is a work of art.  They’re all powered by compressed air, and so are…

Latest News as the Cloud CAD Wars Continue to Heat Up

Nov 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

We’ve covered Fusion 360 and Onshape in the past.  They’re the frontrunners so far in the race to do first class CAD in the Cloud.  We expect others will follow, chiefly from the large desktop competitors who start to see these Cloud entrants on their radars, but also from other newcomers.  Both products are making…

What Is Industrial Design Anyway?

Nov 9, 2015   //   by Mitch Pricer   //   3D Printing, Blog, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Please give a warm welcome to our newest guest contributor, Mitch Pricer.  Mitch is an industrial designer specializing in 3D design, concept work, 3D modeling/art, and 3D printing. With over 5,000 hours spent 3D printing, he knows a thing or two about it, as well as about Industrial Design.  I first became aware of Mitch…

Two More Ways to Find Out How-To

Nov 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

This week, we’ve added two new ways to find out “How-To.”  First, for all the non-blog pages (for example, click the “Cookbook” menu), we have added Google Site Search.  It will search all of www.cnccookbook.com as well as blog.cnccookbook.com.  CNCCookbook is a huge site with several thousand pages on a wealth of CNC-related topics.  If…

8 Easy Tips That Could Save Your Spindle From a Costly Rebuild

Nov 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Our article on regrinding your spindle while it’s on the machine was a popular one, but a reader raised a very good question in the comments:
How do you determine when to replace pull studs?
Great question, and one we’ll cover right below.  In this article, we’ll talk about routine preventative maintenance for spindles, toolholders,…

New Feature: 3D Surface Feeds and Speeds

Nov 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  7 Comments

While most machining is 2 1/2 D, 3D Surfacing is still very popular.  What’s the difference?
With 2 1/2D, it is rare that X and Y change at the same time as Z on the surface of an object.  It can happen during cutting, usually due to ramping or helixing down into a cut.  But…

20 Kinds of Digital Tooling to Make You a Better CNC’er

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

What’s your budget for Digital Tooling?
When I was learning to be a manual machinist, people used to say, “Budget as much for tooling as you do the machine.”  They were right–conservative even.
Then I went CNC, and I started noticing a lot of that tooling wasn’t needed any more. Though I might like to…

Can You Really Regrind Your Spindle While It’s On the Machine?

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  8 Comments

Frank Mari (Maritool.com) did.
A spindle rebuild involves fitting new bearings. Most folks will suggest that if you want to minimize runout, you will have to regrind the spindle taper while it is spinning in the bearings. This is standard procedure when manufacturing new machine tools and getting a quality rebuild. But, it’s something the…

Sale Ends Halloween Saturday: Just a Few Days Left!!!

Oct 28, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The end of our big Halloween sale is in sight–we’ll be ending it Saturday, October 31 at Midnight (scariest time).
Meanwhile, for just a few more days, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, but you can also browse our CNCCookbook Online Store…



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