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Take the 2016 CAM Survey: Tell Us Which Is Best

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
cam software market share

Wow, 2016 is almost over!
We do a CAD and a CAM survey each year and it’s time for the CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Software Survye.
With over 3 million visitors a year, CNCCookbook is the most popular CNC-related Blog on the Internet, so our surveys always get lots of responses.  Product Managers at a variety…

Build a Powerful Tramp Oil Skimmer for Your Coolant

Dec 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  3 Comments

Dang that coolant is stinky today!
Flood coolant is a fact of life for many CNC operations, even relatively small machines like the Tormach 1100 in my home shop.  Another fact of life is that if left to its own devices, coolant will accumulate impurities that can leave it very stinky–your nose literally doesn’t want…

We Kicked Off Our Biggest Sale of the Year: Happy Holidays!

Dec 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

The end of the year is near, it’s the Holiday Season, and we always like to do our biggest sale of the year at this time.  So, until the Friday, January 6, you’ll get 20% off on any purchase of our CNC Software.

To see your saving, just start the Checkout process and you’ll see…

What Every CNC’er Needs to Fix CAM Glitches Quickly and Easily

Dec 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
cam glitch

I was recently reading a post on one of the boards and came across a fellow who was having a problem with Fusion 360:

Control view on the left, CAM on the right: see the problem?
The controller view of the toolpath is on the left and the CAM view is on the right.  Do…

7 Best Practices to Protect You From Your Cloud CNC Software

Dec 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  5 Comments
best practices for cloud cnc software

I just watched NYC CNC’s video on Fusion 360 Cloud Crashes and was reminded that there’s still work to do to make the Cloud safe, functional, and industrial grade for every CNC’er.  In the video, John makes the point that when the Fusion 360 Cloud crashed, he was left helpless on a lot of dimensions…

Happy Holidays + Most Popular CNC Articles for 2016

Dec 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
happy holidays cnc cookbook

Happy Holidays from CNCCookbook!
As we look toward the New Year, now is a good time to take a moment and reflect on all of the great things that happened in 2016. With that in mind, we here at CNCCookbook wish you Happy Holidays!
10 Most Popular Posts from 2016
8 Ways to Locate Part…

Learn How to Tolerance Total Runout in GD&T

Dec 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
total runout symbol callout GD&T

I just uploaded another installment to our Free GD&T Tutorial, and this article explains the Total Runout symbol.

Total Runout tolerance on a drawing…
Because Total Runout is such a tight control over every point on the surface, it is less commonly used than Circular Runout. Even so, it is still a fairly common GD&T…

Introducing Custom Tailored Help for CNC’ers Like You

Dec 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Custom Tailored

Custom tailoring: it’s above my pay grade, but those who can afford it say it is absolutely the best. Far better than buying off-the-rack clothing.
Private lessons are a little more within reach, and I’ve had the pleasure of private tutors from time to time.  They beat being part of a classroom with lots of…

14 Great Ideas for 4th Axis Fixtures to Save Time

Dec 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Fourth Axis Fixture

Our recent article that showed the math behind using 4th axis to increase your work area was very popular, so I thought I’d follow up with a bunch of pictures of fourth axis fixtures.  Hopefully these will give you some ideas you can use!

A quick way to access a lot of small parts with…

Learn How to Tolerance Cross Sections of Complex 3D Surfaces in GD&T

Dec 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Profile of a Line GD&T callout Geometric Dimensioning Tolerancing

I just uploaded another installment to our Free GD&T Tutorial.

Profile of a Line callout on a drawing…
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances is a methodical and scientific way to specify tolerances on your drawings.  It tells in a concise symbolic way how much your parts can deviate from the geometric ideal.  If you do much…

How Do Tombstones Increase Your Work Area on a VMC With 4th Axis?

Dec 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
tombstone 4th axis vmc tormach

A tombstone with fixtures on all four sides set up on a Tormach CNC Mill…
I was reading an article about Tombstones in the Tormach blog recently and it got me to thinking about how Tombstones on VMC’s can make a job more profitable.
Tombstones are par for the course on Horizontal Machine Centers, but…

5 Ideas for Schools With Limited CNC Resources to Maximize CNC Training

Nov 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Cheap CNC Machine

At CNCCookbook, we have a LOT of educational customers, and we give them a nice educational discount on our software.
I got a note from a school wanting to know how they can maximize their CNC Training the other day.  The problem is that they have 1 CNC Mill and 1 CNC Lathe (plus 6…

CNCCookbook 2016 End Mill Survey Winners (Drumroll, Please!)

Nov 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments
End Mill Market Share

Nearly 1300 votes were cast for various endmill brands in our recent survey, and there were some 93 different end mill brands represented–WOW!
The response to the survey has been amazing, and now it’s time to present the results.  I have divided those results into 3 tiers since there are so many brands to consider.…

64 Fun Non-Tactical EDC CNC Gifts You Could Make This Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Spinning Pocket Lint Fidgeters of Doom!
That’s sort of what this latest installment in my CNC gift idea series is about.  We started out with jewelry, moved to outdoor gifts, and for something really unusual.  The non-tactical EDC-thing is a nod to the idea that these are Everyday Carry Items, they just don’t have much…

How Many Days Since You Broke a Haimer Tip? (1 Day for Me!)

Nov 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments

So there I was, standing at the VMC, showing my son and his friends (home from college for Thanksgiving break) how the thing worked.  We were going to finish an 80% lower as a nice easy project that would be fun and interesting for them.  They were eager to check it out.  First job was…



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