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Halloween Sale Ends Tomorrow: Last Chance to Save on CNC Software

Oct 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
DDLM7

We’re giving 15% off any purchase over $99 for our Halloween sale, but the sale ends tomorrow on Halloween Friday.  To get your savings, just place the order and you’ll see the discount automatically taken in the shopping cart.
Here are just a few of the great deals you can get with this sale:
G-Wizard…

Machinist Improve Thy Machines

Oct 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  7 Comments
HotRodPantera

(With appologies for borrowing and paraphrasing the old phrase “Physician heal thyself.”)
I met my first machinist when I was 9 years old in the Third Grade.  I was interested in Astronomy and my Dad and I were trying to build an improved equatorial (meaning it would follow the stars in their paths) mounting for…

Intro Feeds and Speeds for Mills and CNC Routers: More G-Wizard University Videos

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded two new G-Wizard University Videos.  G-Wizard University is a series of short 10-15 minute training videos that specialize in different aspects of using the G-Wizard Calculator and Editor software.  Videos are a fast way to learn for most people and these bit-sized videos make it easier to find one specific to what…

Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
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It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  …

10 Most Popular CNCCookbook Posts for the Past 12 Months

Oct 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

It’s been almost a year since we did a “most popular posts” article.  I like to do them from time to time because sometimes people miss the good stuff and because I like to know what really turns our readers on so I can research and write more of the same.
Here are the Top…

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
BellaAndBoxes

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment
NanoParts

There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer…

Installing a Tool Turret on the Tormach Lathe: Part 1

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Products  //  1 Comment
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I’ve been using my Tormach Lathe a bit more lately and got tired of tripping over the crated tool turret, so I decided it was time to get it installed on the machine.  In Part 1, we’re just rigging it into the position.  The turret is substantial and you wouldn’t want to do this without…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 6

Oct 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment
PrecisionEpoxyFloor

This is part 6 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
You didn’t think we were done building a Tony Stark-inspired workshop, did you?  I just needed a little break to do the research involved for the next installment.  That’s really what the series is about–looking out for the way cool products that any…

Halloween Sale: No Tricks Only Treats!

Oct 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
DDLM1

Hey, nothing spooky about 15% off is there?  We’re giving 15% off any purchase over $99 for our Halloween sale.  Just place the order and you’ll see the discount automatically taken in the shopping cart.  Sale ends when Halloween ends, Oct 31.
Here are just a few of the great deals you can get with…

Introducing G-Wizard University: Video Training for G-Wizard Software

Oct 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

We’re embarking on a new program to make training for our software fully available as short easily digested YouTube videos.  The plan is to do one or two new videos each week until we’ve covered our products top to bottom.  The first video is up and is an introduction and basic walk through of G-Wizard…

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
CCWRecalcBtn

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.56 for PC and Mac users.  There are a couple of nice goodies in this release that have been widely requested by the user base:
Manual Recalculation for CADCAM Wizards
Folks on machines that are a little slower have never really liked the automatic recalculation for CADCAM Wizards.  It…

The Coolest 3D Printed Project I Have Seen To Date

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

German genius Dieter Michael Krone has 3D printed a gun that automatically folds and launches paper airplanes:

Cool beans!  Don’t you just want to take that thing up to the top of the Empire State Building or something?…

Secrets of How to Use Customers to Validate Your Business Ideas

Oct 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  3 Comments
listening post

Whether you’re trying to put together a Kickstarter project, launch a new product another way, or start a new business, it’s important to find some way of validating your idea before you get too much invested in it.  I’ve written an article over on my business strategy blog, Smoothspan, that talks about how to do…

The Ultimate Tony Start Inspired Workshop, Part 5

Oct 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
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This is part 5 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this installment, we’ll be taking a look at what sort of 3D Printers a workshop like this might include.  There are a number of different 3D Printing technologies available, and no one process is suitable for all parts, so we’ll take a…

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