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Use Soft Jaws for a 5C Collet Chuck

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments
5C_Jaws

This is a great idea I first saw Geof publish over on CNCZone a long time ago.  I got thinking about it again as I was taking my 5C closer on and off my Tormach lathe.

Softjaws with the right ID profile make a fine 5C collet closer…
I’m already set up with a nice…

Giveaway: 4 Books Every New Machinist Should Start With

Nov 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  9 Comments
SmidProgramming

Update:  The Giveaway is Back!
Our last book Giveaway was so successful we’ve decided to run it again to give 4 new winners a chance at these books.  Details are in the giveaway box to the left or just click here.
I’m a compulsive book buyer and researcher if you haven’t guessed by now.  If…

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments
cimatron-cad

The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M.  Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.  Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…

Not Filtering Your Coolant? Find Out How to Do It Cheaply and Easily

Nov 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
CoolantSchematic

Do you have a filter inline that cleans fine particles from your coolant?  If you don’t, you really ought to for a variety of reasons:
–  Better surface finish and tool life.  Blasting old chips from the coolant sump directly into the cut will cause the chips the scratch up your work and recutting will…

What is a CNC Simulator? Plus: 5 Reasons to Use One

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
GWEToolTab

I just put the first two installments in place to launch our G-Wizard University for G-Wizard Editor.  One is a quick walkthrough of GW Editor and the second is entitled, “What is a CNC Simulator?”  If you’re not really sure what a CNC Simulator is, what’s it’s for, or why you’d want to use one,…

How to Survive Your First CNC Router Fire

Nov 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  6 Comments
campfire

Take some sawdust and add heat.  My brother likes to use a 9V battery touching steel wool to make it red hot.  Poof!  It bursts into flames pretty easily and you’re on your way to feeding your little fire larger and larger pieces of combustible material until you have a campfire happily burning.  If you’ve…

20 Most Popular Articles and Blog Posts for Pro CNC’ers

Nov 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
HighStriker

Here at CNCCookbook, we get visitors from all ends of the CNC spectrum–about 2.5 million of them a year.  In all probability, we are the most popular pure CNC blog there is.  I try to keep a balance on the content to keep the ends of that spectrum of visitors happy.  That means we need…

8 Holiday Season Projects to Make Your Home Shop More Productive

Nov 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Cyclone

Each Holiday Season we get a bit of time away from work.  We’ll spend much of it with our families, but with any luck, we’ll be able to steal away for a few hours now and then to our workshops.  I see the Holiday Season as an ideal time to take on a  project that…

Mix One CNC Lathe And a Brilliant Product Idea. Result: Kickstarter Success

Nov 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  5 Comments
SpinningTops

Came across this neat project on Kickstarter in an email from the iBox 3D Printer people (who 3D printed one of these little tops):

Manufacturing the Foreverspin Top on a CNC Lathe

Optional Forever Base…
The best ideas are often the simplest.  They’re easily grasped and can resonate with a large audience.  By CNC’ing a…

Fusion 360: Promising Power, Uneven Usability

Nov 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  22 Comments
GraphicsCardError

I wanted to get back quickly with a mini-review of Fusion 360 since there is this special offer that will expire sometime soon.  I took advantage of the offer, and I was happy to see it clarified that the offer of subscription to the low-end version for $300 a year will get you their “Ultimate”…

A Sincere Thank You to All Who Have Served

Nov 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments
Form1VeteransDay

WWI Soldier 3D Printed in 3 Parts on a Form 1 3D Printer…
Please join us in offering our sincere thanks to all who have served as we commemorate them on this Veteran’s Day, 2014.…

Secrets of Going From CAD, Image, DXF, or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
STLMesh

When you’re starting out with CNC or 3D Printing, the first thing you’ll want to get your arms around is creating some sort of model, drawing, or representation of your part.  Most of the time this is a function of a CAD program, but not always.  You may also need to start from images, vector…

What Every Job Shop Ought to Know About Reducing Inventory Levels

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
StorageCostWorksheet

Why should Job Shops and other Manufacturers work so hard to reduce inventory?
One of the central tenets of Lean Manufacturing is that if you reduce inventory, including Work In Progress inventory, you’ll reap savings that make for a much more profitable business.  But what are those savings and how much more profitable can a…

Storehouse of DIY Welding Table and Cart Ideas

Nov 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments
BigRedTable

If you’re a pro, you’ve probably got lots of room in your shop for welding, assuming it’s important to your business.  But for the DIY guy, he’s trying to cram as much useful stuff as possible into what is probably a crowded garage shop.  Welding can be a dirty smell somewhat nasty business.  You don’t…

A Bargain From Autodesk I Couldn’t Resist

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments
Fusion360Versions

I need another CAD program like a hole in the head.  Currently I use Rhino3D and SolidWorks, and I’m very happy with them.  Rhino3D is my goto program for quick and dirty one-offs and weird shapes like rifle stocks.  SolidWorks is the lingua franca of the CNC world and the goto when I want to…

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