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The Ultimate Feeds and Speeds Cheat Sheets (and More)

Jan 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds cheat sheet

Do you use cheat sheets?
You know, those little pieces of paper or charts where you cram in a quick summary of everything you need to know to solve some type of problem quickly.  Man, I got through college on my cheat sheets!
Now hang on, before you start thinking I was actually cheating, our…

Results of the 2016 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
High End CAM Market Share

I just closed the survey to further entries having gotten several hundred responses.  This is quite a large group, and certainly large enough to be statistically significant.  Product Managers at a variety of CADCAM companies, large and small, tell me they find the results very valuable in their own planning.  There’s really no other source…

How Was Your 2016? Ours Rocked!

Jan 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Happy New Year CNC’ers!

Taking time to thoroughly review what happened in 2016…
I am allocating a big block of time right at the beginning of 2017 to thoroughly review what happened in 2016 and think carefully about how I want to move forward in 2017.
I want to start by saying that 2016 was…

How Good Machinists Hold Tight Tolerances on Worn Out Old Machines

Dec 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
old worn out cnc machine tolerances

Even an old worn out machine can hold decent tolerances for the right machinist.  Well, maybe not this old and worn out!
One of the great things about my job is I’m in contact with a lot of machinists from all walks–high-end aerospace, mom and pop job shops, prototype and model shops, hobbyists and so…

3 Resources to Kick Start Your CNC Career for the New Year

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

With the New Year fast approaching, many CNC’ers will be looking at whether to make a change in where they’re working or how to advance more quickly with their current employer.  Here are 3 helpful resources to help you kick start your CNC Career in the New Year:
The 15 Best Web Sites for CNC…

Fun Podcast: Bob Warfield on Starting a Successful CNC Business

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Thought I’d share this Podcast Interview Bill Griggs did with me for

[Podcast: Finding Your Audience With Bob Warfield]
It touches on how I got into CNC, how CNCCookbook started, and a number of other things.
Bill is great fun to talk to.  He writes about CNC Routers, CNC Businesses, and is generally a…

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  //  7 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…


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