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

Nov 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
gd&t profile of a surface symbol

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

Profile of a Surface 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…

Happy Thanksgiving CNC’ers!!!

Nov 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
I know not all of you celebrate Thanksgiving, but hope you will understand my desire to wish everyone well on this day of giving thanks.
We live in an amazing time.  Some of it is good, some of it is bad, but the one constant is change.
Embrace it,…

CNCCookbook 2016 End Mills: Who Makes the Best End Mills?

Nov 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

What are the most popular end mill brands?  Let’s find out by surveying our readers (click the link):
Take the CNCCookbook 2016 End Mill Survey
We’ll put up the results as soon as we get a decent number of responses.  Be sure  you’re signed up for our email newsletter so you don’t miss hearing the…

[Black Friday Week] 15% off all CNC Software until Monday

Nov 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

Something’s up?  You got that right, but it’s not prices on our CNC Software.
I just launched our annual Black Friday Sale Week.  All our CNC Software is marked down 15% from our usual prices.
Here’s the straight scoop:

You get 15% off on all our CNC Software.  Just visit our Products page to see…

32 Outdoor Gift Ideas CNCers and Welders Can Make

Nov 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
Oversized Chess Set

Hey!  What kinda CNC Gifts are you making this year?
I recently did an article on 18 CNC Jewelry Gift Ideas to Delight the Non-CNCer in Your Life that was well-received.  It’s the right time of year to be contemplating CNC Gift Projects, and they’re typically aimed at the Non-CNCers in your life.  In this…

Big List of Black Friday Deals To Save CNC’ers Big $$$

Nov 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

Help us find the best Black Friday deals for CNC’ers!
Yes, we found some great deals I will pass along below.  But first, we need a little help from all you fellow CNC’ers out there.  I want to put together a giant list of savings for CNC-related items for this Black Friday Week.   I’m going…

Learn What the Angularity Symbol Means in GD&T Plus New Calculator

Nov 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
angularity GD&T symbol

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

Angularity 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 CNC work, you’re…

How the Pros Finish AR-15 Lower Receivers for Profit

Nov 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments
AR-15 Lower Receiver CAD Fusion360

AR-15 Lower Receiver in Fusion360…
We have a lot of readers who are interested in firearms, and I’m a shooter myself, so I thought I’d pass along this fascinating video about how a pro shop goes from a forged 80% lower to a finished AR-15 Lower Receiver:

This video was done by Palmetto State Defense,…

Ready to Start Your Own Successful CNC Business?

Nov 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

Have you dreamed of starting your own business?  What challenges do you think you’d face?
I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life: CNCCookbook is the 4th startup company I’ve founded, and I’ve been an executive at 4 more startups on top of those. Over 2 million CNC’ers just like you come to our web site…

2 Tools for Optimizing CNC Milling Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover

Nov 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and any other machining operation where you’ll be cutting with the flutes on the side of an endmill.  Aside from the machine’s capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the…

[Breaking News]: Onshape Raises Prices, Reduces Power of Free Version

Nov 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  13 Comments

Back in January, Onshape had 3.9% overall CAD market share…
Onshape, the Cloud CAD vendor founded my many of the original team behind Solidworks, announced a number of changes to their plans today.  The short summary is they’ve raised prices on the Professional version for those paying monthly, added some power there, and cut the…

Amazingly Simple Automatic Part Engraver from a Tormach 440

Nov 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
VMC Auto Part Loader

I love automation–there’s just something about watching a robot making parts you’re going to sell.  A machinist friend of mine (Hi Peter T.!) refers to his bank of older Hardinge CNC Lathes as his money printing presses.  They sit there with their bar pullers grinding out parts for him to sell all day long and…

The Ultimate Guide to Hot Rodding Tormach CNC Machines: Get Stoked

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

Tormach has built a wonderful business in the hobby and low-end CNC machine world.  Their machines are not the highest performance, but they’re bulletproof, economical, and easy to work on.  Tormach even says that while they don’t recommend it, their machines survive crashes handily, making them ideal for education, makerspaces, and beginners.  I’ve seen many…

Manual vs CNC Machining [Warning: Graphical Demonstration!]

Nov 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Manual Machining Approach

CNC Machining Approach

Both Can Achieve Good Results!…

G-Wizard Calculator v3.65 Adds Cool Goodies for GD&T and Machine Profiles

Oct 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.65 (click the link to download it manually).
New G-Wizard Release Basics
Before I get into what’s new in this release, I want to revisit some new release basics to try to help everyone with some common questions.
How do I get new releases?
Normally, G-Wizard will download new…

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