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Shop Productivity Survey Results

Jul 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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Thank you to all who participated in our Shop Productivity Survey!
Now it’s time to share the results.  We surveyed CNCCookbook readers on what they felt were the most important areas to improve in their Shop’s operations.  Here are the results:

It was a wide-ranging survey that touched on a number of topics.  Predictably, the…

Phil Abernethy’s Clocks are Modern Art

Jul 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
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When I first started getting into CNC, I was surprised at how many artists have taken to the medium.  There are some truly amazing works out there that couldn’t have been done without help from CNC.  Take Phil Abernethy’s beautiful clocks, for example.  Each one is different, and they’re all done with a very modern…

New Releases of Both G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Now Available

Jul 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  5 Comments
ThreadMill

I just uploaded new releases of both G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor with some great new features in each:
G-Wizard Calculator
For G-Wizard Calculator version 2.81, we added the following:
– Added Thread Mill Feeds and Speeds.  Just choose the new Carbide Thread Mill tool from the Tool Menu:

– Added ER Collets to the…

What Blocking and Tackling Improvements Should Your Shop Focus On?

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  No Comments
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What are the right areas for improvement in your Shop?
Basic Blocking and Tackling–it’s the stuff we do every day, day in and day out, to get the job done.  It’s not as sexy as the silver bullet instant fixes, but it pays the bills.  There are a bunch of basics every Shop has to…

Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Techniques  //  2 Comments
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Don’t you just hate breaking taps?
We’re putting together a Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines that will consist of two articles in two of our Cookbook series.  The first article, under the Feeds and Speeds Cookbook, discusses tap types, hole sizes, tapping heads, tapping fluids, and much more.  It’s available now.
The second…

Rapid Prototyping With ProtoLabs

Jun 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  4 Comments
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ProtoLabs bills itself as the “Fastest Provider of CNC Machined and Injection Molded Parts.”  They were founded in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful computer entrepreneur who was dissatisfied with how hard it was to get injection molded parts made quickly for his computer company.  Lukis decided there had to be a better way and…

The Secret of Choosing CNC Software for Pros vs Hobbyists and Beginners

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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I get asked this question all the time by Hobbyists:
How do I know CNCCookbook’s software is right for me?  It looks like it is more for Professionals.
The Pros ask a little different questions aimed at whether it is suitable for the particular kind of work their shop does.  Clearly, each one is thinking…

Take Our CNC Safety Quiz

Jun 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
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Safety is so important around CNC Machines because they can be very dangerous.  No quiz can make you safe by eliminating that danger, but knowing more about safety sure can’t hurt. We’ve put together a quiz with 20 questions to help you review some good safety practices for CNC Shops.  Take the quiz and see…

Clever Stickvise from a CNCCookbook Customer

Jun 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Products  //  2 Comments
Stickvise

I love hearing all the fun stuff our customers do.  Stickvise is a neat product created and sold by Alex Rich, a long-time CNCCookbook reader and G-Wizard Calculator user.  I’ll let Alex tell the Stickvise story in his own words:
I am a long time customer of yours, I work at a company called BriarTek…

The 5 Hardest Things About CNC Feeds and Speeds

Jun 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments
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When we recently did our What’s Hard About Learning CNC survey, the area that came out ahead of all the others was Feeds and Speeds:

What’s Hard About Learning CNC?
It was rated the hardest category by beginners, intermediate, and advanced CNC’ers–everyone has trouble with Feeds and Speeds, at least some of the time.  In…

Conversational CNC OD Taper Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
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Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…

Carlos Zilzer’s Ultra-Precise CNC Clock

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds  //  1 Comment
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I got a nice note from Carlos the other day mentioning how much G-Wizard Calculator had helped him on his CNC Router projects.  I always like to run articles about what customers are doing, and in this case, Carlos has a fascinating project.
He talks about how wood and brass clocks have a hard time…

GE Angel’s Trumpet: The Toy You Wish You Had in Your Shop

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
GEAngelsTrumpet

3D Printing?  Yeah, so what.  I’ve seen lots of 3D printers.  They’re inaccurate as heck, they only produce plastic, and it takes more sanding and bondo than my mother-in-law’s crashed Vista Cruiser station wagon to get a part to look halfway decent.  I’m a real machinist.  I don’t need no stinkin’ 3D Printing, I’ve got…

We’ve Extended Our Sale One More Week

Jun 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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I’ve gotten a ton of notes from folks who had only been able to run the free trial a couple of days who wanted to know how they could get a few more days of trial and still buy at the sale price.  It only made sense to extend the sale for one more week…

Conversational CNC Radius Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

Jun 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
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Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…

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