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What Every CNC’er Ought to Know About Tool Deflection

Mar 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
MillDeflect

What are the limits of Tool Deflection?  Why?  And is G-Wizard Calculator optimistic or conservative about those limits?
I recently finished several fairly in-depth discussions with folks running expensive production machining jobs about the limits of Tool Deflection and how to think about them.  First, Tool Deflection is extremely important to Tool Life, Chatter, Surface…

Quoting $20 Million Worth of Aerospace Work With G-Wizard

Mar 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment
JasonPremoQuote

It’s always great to hear from our customers.  Here’s Jason Premo over on LinkedIn talking about using G-Wizard for Aerospace in response to our 9 Shocking Statistics article:

Jason has since moved on to other ventures, but be sure to check out Adex’s site–they’re doing some very cool work including 5-axis and hard metal machining…

Here’s a Quick Way to Engrave An Irregular Surface

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, GCode, Software  //  1 Comment
GCodeRipper

Engraving or machining on a flat surface is the norm–all CNC’ers figure out how to do it in short order.  But what if you want to engrave or machine on an irregular surface?  Let me show you what I’m talking about:

Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces is hard…
Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces…

Who Else Wants Cheaper CMM?

Mar 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments
TesaHeightGage

I am a total Metrology and Measurement Freak.  I’m from the school the says, “If you can measure it, you can make it to that tolerance.”  I want to know what’s going on in hard numbers.  Consequently, I have collected a fair number of Measuring Tools over the years–probably more than I really need given…

Customer Spotlight: War Machines, LLC

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  18 Comments
JamesDressman

Our latest Customer Spotlight story is about War Machine LLC.  I am excited to be talking to James Dressman about War Machine and their very special product. War Machine has created the ultimate Gas Block for AR-15’s.  If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing firearm parts, War Machine LLC is proof that it can be done…

8 Guilty Tool Pleasures for CNC’ers

Mar 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  No Comments
DrillDoctor

Hi.  My name is Bob and I am a Toolaholic.  I buy more tools than I need, but I take great pleasure in them.  Not every tool sits in the tool box unused–some have come in incredibly handy.  This article is about those incredibly handy tools.  They’re slightly off the beaten path and may not…

Pancakebot: CNC Food for Your Kids for Just $299

Mar 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
ChefBob

Hard to believe a price point so low, but they’ve delivered a few to early Kickstarter backers and this thing is amazing!

Pancakebot in action…
Look, I’ll watch a CNC machine all day long doing almost anything.  I have to force myself to walk away to get other work done.  Also, I love to cook…

Easier Access to Downloads, Digital Certificates, and Online Chat

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
DownloadPage

Here at CNCCookbook, we realize machinists have tough jobs.  You’re very busy, the boss and customers are hard to satisfy, and your work requires a very demanding skill set.  We’re all about making it easier for you to be a Better CNC’er. But all that starts at home–we have to make our software as easy…

What If Michelangelo Had CNC?

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  2 Comments
CarveSetFree

The famous sculptor Michelangelo reportedly wrote in a letter:
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
What a wonderful way to express his art.  I don’t know for sure what Michelangelo would’ve thought of CNC, but watching it in action is often like seeing something set free.  Here…

Milling Composites, Part 2: Tooling, Workholding, and Machine Requirements

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Laura Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments
PCD

This is Part 2 of our Composite Milling series.  In Part 1, we talked about some of the general properties of composites.
Tooling for Composite Machining
Diamond Tooling

PCD tooling is preferred over carbide to resist the abrasion of composite machining.  Image courtesy of Fullerton Tool.
One of the first factors that comes up in…

New Feature: Gen 2 Tool Menu is Live in G-Wizard Calculator

Mar 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  6 Comments
ToolMenu2Ga

I just uploaded version 3.15 to the G-Wizard Calculator download page.  It’s got a number of nice additions, but I am going to treat it as a Beta Test.  By that I mean that I am not turning on the auto-update for it–I will wait for the next release and some feedback from users.  So,…

5 CNC Projects For Your Extra Day This Year

Feb 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  2 Comments
LeapDay29

It’s Feb 29, what will you do with your extra day?
Today we get an extra day added to our lives–it’s February 29 due to the Leap Year.  What will you do with your extra day?
Given a bonus day, I think it’s appropriate to think of a new project to get started on.  Here…

Great Video on Varying Spindle Speed to Control Chatter

Feb 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments
TurningChatterSSV

SSV can really help control chatter when turning…
Hat tip to Tom for bringing this video to my attention.  In it, Haas describes their “SSV” (Spindle Speed Variation) feature to control chatter.  They also give the best discussion I’ve seen of how diameter affects surface speed when turning (smaller diameters have to run faster just…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  9 Comments
TUKK

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

AR-15 Mini-Lower Tactical Bottle Openers

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  1 Comment
AR-mini-lowers-700x700

What is it about making something familiar in a very small scale that makes it so cool?
I don’t know, but these AR-15 mini lowers made by Kent Durree and buddies are just that size-is-everything factor:

These mini-lowers are 80% complete “paper weights”…

Compared to the full-sized article you can see how small they are……

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