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Is Hustling Harder the Answer to Getting The Job Done?

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

We’re all used to hustling harder.  Machinists often work a lot of ours to push parts out the door.
But is hustling even harder the way to get ahead?
It’s not, and the reason is that hustling harder gets you a one time benefit.  It doesn’t build for the long haul.  And the downside is…

12 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles of Last 12 Months

Apr 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments

I read a lot of blogs in my quest to keep learning new things–over 200 at last count.  One thing that always troubles me when I find a new blog is, “Which great articles have I missed?”  You know that just because you found one good article it doesn’t mean you’ve found them all, right?…

Video: Runout — The #1 Tool Life Issue for Micromachining

Apr 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
micromachining runout

Check out the latest video in my monthly “CNC Chef” series for Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine:

In this video I talk about runout in depth and it’s impact on tool life when micromachining.  You’ll learn about:

What is the definition of Micromachining?
What are the applications of Micromachining?
How the physics of cutting change at…

Do Me a Favor? + Bob’s New Small Business Blog

Apr 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Can you help?
I have been working feverishly for the past week to put together a new blog and website.  It’s called “BobWarfield.com“, and I could really use a little help with it.  But first, let me tell you what it’s all about and why I created the site.
As you, my loyal readers, will…

Improve CNC Machine Performance With a Z-Axis Counterbalance

Apr 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments
hurco z-axis counterbalance

Have you ever considered a Z-Axis counterbalance for your CNC machine?
Most commercial VMC’s use one.  Here’s a Hurco VM1:

Twin roller changes connect the Hurco VM1’s Z-Axis counterbalance…
Or, here’s a schematic from the DIY Haas site showing how Haas uses an air-over-oil system as a counterbalance:

Air-over-oil hydraulic Z-axis counterbalance on a Haas…

Big Guide: 17 Tips for Minimizing Breakage When Micromachining and More

Apr 10, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
micromachining

Here at CNCCookbook, we do extremely in-depth research on our articles.  We want to be sure that when we publish a guide to something, we’ve done as much of the work for you as possible.  We’re pretty good at it, or we wouldn’t see 4.5 million CNC’ers visiting our site every year–roughly the same as…

CNC Software Sale Ends This Friday, April 14th!!!

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Good news, I’m extending our Spring Sale one more week–it ends Friday, April 14.
Until then, you can save 15% off every piece of CNC Software we offer.  Some of the best deals are listed on our CNC Software Sale page.
Remember, the sale prices don’t show up until you get into the shopping cart,…

Desperate to Find Marketing Help For Your Small Business?

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Desperate to find marketing help for your small business?  I don’t blame you.  It’s really tough to do.  Almost impossible, in fact.
Your choices are not happy ones:

Go with the Big Name Firm, realizing that you’re such a small fish to them you’re going to get their B-, C-, or even the D-Team working…

Handy Tool: Expanding Mandrels for Turning

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments

We have a great page that summarizes workholding solutions for turning and lathes.   One of the best things about it is a nifty table right at the top that lets you compare and contrast the different workholding solutions from various perspectives.  The page goes into some depth on each solution and has great information on:…

Entrepreneurs: Don’t Quit Your Day Job. Yet.

Apr 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

For those of you who desperately want to start your own business, I want to caution you about the worst possible thing you will be tempted to do:
You are going to want to quit your Day Job and go all in.  Don’t do it!
I know.  I know.
The classic image of the entrepreneur…

New Diamond + Bucky Tube Nano Coating Promises Infinite Tool Life

Apr 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments

Researchers at the Institute for Fifth Generation Manufacturing are reporting that a novel tool coating has increased tool life to near infinity.  The coating uses a heretofore-unknown carbon state that has properties of both diamond and Bucky Tubes.
Recall that Bucky Tubes (also referred to as Fullerene) have the following properties according to Wikipedia:
A…

Combine Modular Fixturing With Simple G-Code For Big Time Savings

Mar 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  No Comments
modular fixturing machining vises

Modular Fixturing can be a huge time saver when setting up different fixtures you use over and over again. For example, most of us use milling vises frequently, but we alternate them with various kinds of plate fixtures for holding multiple parts. Throw in the desire to set up a 4th Axis every now and…

Brand New Business. No Customers. What Do I Do?

Mar 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  5 Comments
Empty Party

What if you threw a party and nobody came?
My wife and I love to entertain.  We throw lots of parties, and are famous in our town for certain themed parties we do every year.  The parties are always well attended and we have met many new people as our friends bring their friends to…

Easy Multiple Spindle Options for G-Wizard

Mar 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
auxilliary high speed spindle

It’s fairly common to find machines that have multiple spindle options available.  I don’t mean that you can specify multiple, options, but that there are actual multiple options delivered with the machine.  A very simple example would be multiple pulley ratios.  More exotic would be sub-spindles, for example a high-speed auxiliary spindle or speeder on…

G-Wizard Bonus: Lifetime Free Features – You Savvy?

Mar 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We do a terrible job advertising it, but most of G-Wizard Calculator is free.  Seriously.  You sign up for the 30-day free trial, and when that ends, even if you don’t purchase, most of the tabs will go right on working for you.  There’s a giant treasure trove of useful calculators, utilities, and reference information…

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