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Warning! Are Small Business Failure Stories Getting You Down?

May 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Here’s another from my series to help entrepreneurs.  The original post is on my BobWarfield.com site.
Serendipity, Venture Capital, and Do Only the Paranoid Survive?
Sometimes my blog posts are motivated entirely by serendipity, and this morning that’s exactly what happened with this post.  I read a couple of small business failure stories, and they…

CNC Software Sale Extended To This Friday!

May 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I decided there were just too many folks who needed to get a little further in their free trial or get some questions answered to know if G-Wizard was right for them, so I extended the sale.
As a reminder–all CNC Software has been marked down 15%.
The sale prices don’t show up until you…

Are You Still Ignoring Tool Deflection? [We Can Help!]

May 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Are you still ignoring Tool Deflection?  You’re not alone–many CNC’ers do.  But it hurts their tool life and surface finish something fierce.
I just did a video for Cutting Tool Engineering magazine that was totally focused on Tool Deflection.  In it, you’ll learn:

What tool deflection is
How it hurts tool life
How much you…

CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey and Reviews

May 20, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router  //  No Comments

Our readers have gotten a lot of value from CNCCookbook surveys in the past.  You’ve learned things like what the most popular CAD and CAM packages are, or what users think the particular strengths and weaknesses of some of these packages are.  I’ve always felt the best reviews are from the people using the products…

The Amazing Story of a Formula One Suspension Bolt

May 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments
formula one suspension bolt

Who knew a homely bolt could be this exciting?…

Turret or Gang Tooling on a CNC Lathe?

May 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  12 Comments

This is one of the many topics that seems to engender religious fervor from one side versus the other.  I personally went through several hundred online articles and correspondences I’ve had with our G-Wizard customers about this choice.  For my upcoming Tormach CNC Lathe, I initially had ordered it set up for gang tooling based…

[Advice for Awesome Business Names]: Random Name Generators to Numerology

May 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

This article is part of my series helping entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses.  The original is over on BobWarfield.com.
Early in the history of any new business comes the naming decision.  You’ll need a name as soon as you create a website or blog.  Naming a new business is something many entrepreneurs obsess…

Best CNC Router Speeds and Feeds Calculator

May 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
cnc wood router

I had a customer contact me recently to talk about Speeds and Feeds for CNC Routers.  It was an interesting conversation because he really wanted to understand what it takes to have the Best CNC Router Speeds and Feeds Calculator.  In explaining it to him, I felt the best approach was to consider a combination…

33 Ways to Design Parts So They’re Easier to Manufacture

May 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This article was originally published a couple of years ago.  I republished it to call attention to the extensive updates to our Design for Manufacturing page which has nearly double the number of DFM recommendations from 19 to 33.
Many of our readers own or work in CNC manufacturing businesses of all sizes and many…

100 Days of Productivity From a Simple Goal Setting Worksheet?

May 8, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments

100 Days of Productivity?  What would you say if you could guarantee your next 100 days would be super productive for your business because you used a simple goal setting worksheet to decide what to do during those 100 Days?
What if you were sure you could get everything done within the time frame?
What…

[Breaking News] More Useful Calculators for CNC’ers and Machinists!

May 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
training to improve

Our mission?  Helping everyone to be Better CNC’ers.
Honestly, we’ve been on a mission for a long time to help anyone who wants to be a Better CNC’er.  Whether you’re a Beginner trying to get your arms around the basics, or a seasoned Pro who never stops improving your game, we’ve got the goods.
Part…

Parabolic vs Standard Flute Twist Drills = Better Performance

May 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  11 Comments

What Is a Parabolic Flute Drill?
The term “Parabolic Flute” applies to a specific geometry for a twist drill.  The geometry is altered to improve chip extraction, which leads to all sorts of advantages for Parabolic Drills:

Reduces the need for a peck cycle except on deepest holes.
Allows increased feed rates for better manufacturing…

Start With An Audience Not A Product If You Want To Win

May 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

This is another in my series for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  The full posting appears on my small business and entrepreneur blog, BobWarfield.com.
Many Entrepreneurs identify too much with their product or idea.  They want to go from a product idea to a plan for success.  But that’s not the best way and if…

The High Cost of Tight Tolerances

Apr 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  8 Comments
Cost of tight tolerances

We’ve all heard the stories about part drawings coming through that specify ridiculously tight tolerances.  We know that holding tight tolerances is harder, and we know it is more expensive to make a part the tighter the tolerances are.  But how much does it cost to have tighter tolerances really?
I came across this great…

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which Gives Better Results?

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
45 and 90 degree face mills

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which gives better results?
First, what are we talking about when we say 45 or 90 degrees?  The answer is fairly obvious from the photo above comparing two Glacern Face Mills.  Take a look at the angle of the cutting edge on the inserts.
Yes!  The angle is…

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