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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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…