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Save 15% On All CNCCookbook Software!!!

Feb 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
juicy-burger

C’mon, admit it–there’s nothing quite so satisfying as saving money.  Especially when you’re saving on something you were already thinking about buying anyway.  Something that will save you even more money as you use it to become a better CNC’er.  Take that savings and have a great Valentine’s Day dinner with your honey.  Or, plow…

11 Feeds and Speeds Considerations for Lightweight CNC Routers

Feb 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds  //  No Comments
Shapeoko3

Today’s lightweight CNC Routers are capable of some truly amazing work…
I got a note recently from a new G-Wizard Calculator user who is also a CNC beginner.  He has a lightweight CNC Router and was about to make his first cuts.  He wanted to know if I had any special suggestions for him before…

7 Machines to Start Your CNC Journey Today (Infographic)

Feb 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products  //  2 Comments
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Have you been itching to try your hand at CNC? Well, you’re going to need a CNC machine to get started with. Here’s your chance:

For more resources to help you get started with CNC, try our CNC Beginner’s Cookbook.
 …

Tormach 440 Spotted in the Wild

Feb 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
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I was just over at Santa Cruz Electronics, our local Tormach dealer in Northern California, when I happened to spy a happy little CNC mill in their back room.  Seems they’d just taken delivery on one of the new Tormach 440’s.  I have to say, it is just the cutest little CNC mill ever, and…

Poka-Yoke: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 11

Feb 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
TooManyWrongMistakes

This is Part 11 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Poka-Yoke is a Japanese term meaning “mistake proofing.”  A poka-yoke is any mechanism or technique in a lean manufacturing process that helps the operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka). In so doing, poka-yoke seeks to eliminate or at least minimize defects that are due to…

CNC, Ghost Guns, and Why the Genie Can’t Be Put Back Into the Bottle

Feb 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router  //  3 Comments
HMCStyle

An acquaintance of mine recently got in touch.  Our conversation went something like this:
Acquaintance:  “Bob, you’re involved with CNC, aren’t you?”
Bob:  “Yes, I run a business that offers Software and Information to CNC’ers.  How can I help?”
Acquaintance:  “Oh good.  I broke a cutter on my CNC and I’m wondering if you know…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey Results, Part 1: Market Share

Jan 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  7 Comments
TopOverallShare

We’ve just hit a critical mass of hundreds of responses to our 2016 CAD Survey, so it’s time to find out how everyone voted.  We’ve done CAD Surveys in 2013 and 2015, so we’ll be able to see a little market trending here too.
As with our CAM Software Survey, we’ll be doing one every…

[AMA] Ask Me Anything About Feeds and Speeds or G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds  //  20 Comments
askMeAnything

Hi, I’m Bob Warfield, Founder of CNCCookbook and author of G-Wizard Calculator.  If you’ve got questions about Feeds and Speeds or G-Wizard Calculator, now is your chance to Ask Me Anything.  This is something that’s been popular elsewhere on the Internet, but is totally new for us here at CNCCookbook.
We’ll use the comment section…

Appologies for the Mailchimp Email Newsletter Screw Up

Jan 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  5 Comments
MailChimp-Send-Email-Campaign

Right now, Plain Text CNCCookbook Newsletters are broken due to a Mailchimp bug…
Folks, we’ve had recent problems with at least the last 2 email newsletters.  Links in the Plain Text version of the newsletter were bad.  They either took you to a page that said the requested page was non-existent or they took you…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
UJoint

It’s time for another major CNCCookbook survey–the CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey.  Each year, we do a number of surveys that provide valuable results to our readers.  The two biggest and most popular by far are the CAD Survey and the CAM Survey.  We do the CAD survey at the beginning of the year and the…

New Feature: G-Wizard Calculator UI Mock Up Available For Feedback

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  10 Comments
Gen1ToolDef

I just uploaded G-Wizard version 3.04 for G-Wizard Calculator users to play with.  It contains a UI Mock Up for your comment and feedback.  This isn’t something we do very often, but it’s important when there are major changes afoot to some aspect of a product’s User Interface.
In this case, the change we’re contemplating…

37 Things Your CAM Won’t Do For You That GCode Programming Can

Jan 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
MarkTwain

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated — Mark Twain
Myth: G-Code Programming is a Thing of the Past
Reality:  G-Code Programming Compliments CAM Extremely Well
Like Mark Twain sort of said, “The reports of GCode’s death are greatly exaggerated.”  Even MMSOnline agrees that the idea G-Code programming by people instead of CAM software…

New Usability Features for G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products  //  No Comments
PickardFacePalm

Yes, we should of thought of it but didn’t–DOH!  Thank you for thinking of it for us!
We’re blessed at CNCCookbook with a tremendous amount of valuable user feedback on our software–it’s audience is quite large, quite friendly, and quite willing to pitch in and help us make the software better.  Thank you!
I just…

What’s An Entry Level CNC Machine Capable Of?

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router  //  2 Comments
RubberBandM9

I’m fond of saying there’s not much you can’t make with a CNC machine, but I’ve got access to some pretty nice hardware.  People want to know what it all costs and what can someone just getting started do.  The answer is not much different.  If you’re patient and can work around the limitations of…

5 Secrets to Buying Indexable Tooling on eBay

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
HM90Facemill

There are some great deals on indexable tooling and inserts on eBay…
I’ve bought a lot of tooling from eBay at great prices. It can be a great resource for Pros and Hobbyists alike. There are some tricks of the trade to know that I want to pass along to help you get the best…

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