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Look, it’s time. Your friends all want to know what you’re going to make with that fancy CNC gear you’ve been tinkering with for months. They’re not going to be satisfied if you simply tell them (as I often have), “I’m making more tools.” It’s getting harder and harder to get new CNC-related purchases past…
I just uploaded another installment to our Free GD&T Tutorial.
Parallelism 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…
If your shop is like mine, you’ve managed to fill it with so much stuff (your treasures) that it’s a mess. You’d like to up your organization, but this isn’t just a matter of adding a couple of shelves here and there. You need more powerful organization ideas if there’s to be any hope.
Many machinists, especially brand new and hobby machinists, probably think performance and tool life don’t go hand in hand. You choose one or the other and let the chips fall where they may (sorry!). But it turns out that there is actually a middle ground that’s good for both performance and tool life, and it’s…
I just uploaded the chapter covering the Perpendicularity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
There are two varieties of Perpendicularity. Axis Perpendicularity (the callout is pictured above) controls whether the axis of the features stays within an ideal cylinder of a specified diameter aligned on the same axis. Surface Perpendicularity tells…
I hate to splash cold water on you, but our CNC Sale ends soon!
Just a few days left to save before the sale ends this Friday, October 14. Here’s the deal:
You get 15% off on all our CNC Software. Just visit our Products page to see what all we have to offer. You’ll…
Every 2-3 years, I manage to wear out a keyboard. With nearly 3000 articles written for CNCCookbook and countless emails responded to, I guess that goes with the territory.
Normally, I don’t think too much about what keyboard to buy, I just head over to Staples and get whatever they have. This time I decided…
Short of much fancier and more expensive solutions, ER Collets are one of the best toolholding systems available. Consider this comparison from our Ultimate Guide to Selecting Toolholders for Milling:
ER Collet Chucks are inexpensive and can really do the job as long as we’re not talking super heavy duty or very high rpm applications. …
Have you got a tough job ahead, either because your machine is too lightweight or because of challenging geometry on the part (deep pockets, for example)?
If so, maybe Plunge Roughing (also called Plunge Milling ) is the answer.
What is Plunge Roughing?
Let’s start by taking a look at what Plunge Roughing is. The…
Yup, we’re having an Autumn Sale for a limited time. Here’s the straight scoop:
You get 15% off on all our CNC Software. Just visit our Products page to see what all we have to offer. You’ll see the discount taken in the Shopping Cart, so click-through to see what your savings will be. If…
A CNC Toolsetter in action…
This is the second set of results from our 2016 CNC Probe and Toolsetter Survey. In Part 1, we focused on CNC Probes. In this article, we’ll be focused on CNC Toolsetters.
What is a CNC Toolsetter?
A toolsetter is a device similar to the one pictured above that sits…
Many a forum post has carried the derisive view that Mach3 can’t be an industrial grade control because you can’t build “industrial grade” on top of Microsoft Windows. The logic goes on to say that because Windows is not a real time operating system, it’ll never be able to do industrial grade work. There are…
We had a couple hundred participate in our 2016 Probe and Toolsetter survey, which is great–it shows there is quite a lot of interest in the topic . Let’s go over the results!
Do you use a CNC Probe?
77% of survey respondents use probes while about 23% do not. I am suspicious the results…
Breaking Through Roadblocks
Sometimes you just get stuck…
Sometimes you just get stuck. You need to do something and it doesn’t look like it’s possible. We’ll start with a series of hacks for those situations.
#1-#3 My Spindle Won’t Run Slowly Enough for the Material and Tooling I Need
This problem happens particularly often if…
OK, granted, “Absurdly Easy” might be exaggerating things a bit, but I try to constantly make G-Wizard easier for everyone. Lately, I’ve been working diligently on the very beginning of the process. Many will have noticed the recent appearance of a brand login popup and with the latest release I uploaded there is now a…