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Guilloche, Rose Engines, Jeweling, & Engine Turning for Artistic Machining

Jul 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Classic engine turning by Eamonn Keogh…
Machining is often about mechanical precision and function, but not always.  There is a huge body of knowledge concerned with machining for artistic effect.  This article will sample some of the techniques involved.
Jeweling and Engine Turning
The beautiful patterns on the pieces in the image at the top…

Button Cutter, Copy Mill, or Toroidal Cutter: Round Insert Milling Cutters

Jul 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Have you ever tried a button cutter for milling?
If so, you’ll know that these versatile tools can really do a good job for you.  They’re commonly used for pocketing, die/mold roughing, face milling, slotting, step milling, and even helical interpolation of holes.
There’s a lot to recommend round inserts as they have a number…

CAM Tips: Optimize Toolpaths for Better Tool Life and Surface Finish

Jul 10, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Optimize your toolpaths for better tool life and surface finish…
How much time do you spend optimizing your CAM software toolpaths?  Do you usually just take what it gives you out of the box, provided it machines the part properly?
Don’t feel bad, most people do the same.  Not many CNC’ers realize that a few…

Dropbox: Awesome File Sharing Tool for Multiple PC’s

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  5 Comments

I wanted to pass along a quick note about Dropbox, a piece of software I’ve really become dependent on. It’s purpose is to create a folder on all of your machines that in reality exists in the “Cloud” so that it is really easy to share files between machines by copying them to the Dropbox…

Ride Your Next Case of Beer Home On a Beer Scooter

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

I got a chuckle out of this crazy YouTube video:

The bar stool racers are cool, but this beer case scooter is awesome!…

Blueprint for Growing Traffic Each Stage of a Website’s Life

Jul 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Here’s one of the most valuable pieces of insight about growing your business website’s traffic you’ll ever come across, yet I’ve never seen it stated so succinctly anywhere else.
Websites have a traffic lifecycle and they need a different growth strategy that is based on where they are in the lifecycle.
If a picture is…

Jigs and Fixtures: Show Me the Money [Video]

Jul 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

There’s an old saying among machinists–fixtures are where you make your money.  If you’re good at making fixtures that save time, you’ll turn a bigger profit.  Or so the saying goes.
But is it really true?  Is it always true?  Will every job benefit from fancy fixturing?
I put together a Free Fixture Calculator that…

[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 (, 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 usually 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  //  3 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…



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