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We’ve Been Chock-a-Block Busy This Past Week at CNCCookbook on Cool Stuff for You!

Feb 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

We’ve been chock-a-block busy this past week at CNCCookbook, so I haven’t had much time to write many blog articles.  I apologize for that, but I’ll be back at it with more articles very shortly.
What I’ve been working on may be of some interest, it’s a new approach to helping folks get up to…

Cellular Manufacturing: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 10

Feb 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

This is Part 10 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Cellular Manufacturing is a particular model for workplace design that is an important part of Lean Manufacturing.
Many times, shops are organized around particular tasks–all the milling machines are in a department or area, all the lathes are in a department or area, all…

Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

NYCCNC has a great video out showing off the Conversational CNC capabilities of the Tormach Lathe and it’s Path Pilot controller:

Take a few minutes and let John from NYCCNC show you how easy it is to make a part with Conversational CNC.  He’s able to go through a series of steps including Turning, Facing,…

Our Sale Ends Saturday: Just a Few Days Left to Save!

Feb 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

The sale ends Saturday, February 21, because all good things do come to an end.  Sorry!
While the sale lasts, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, so be sure to click through to see your savings.
There’s lots of great deals out…

Using Work Offsets in G-Wizard Editor (New Features)

Feb 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Work Offsets are an incredibly useful feature in G-Code.  They let you run the same g-code at different places on your machine.  So for example, you have g-code for a part but you want to lay 6 parts out on a 3 x 2 grid.  Assign a work offset to the part zero of each…

Tormach Moves From Mach3 to LinuxCNC: PathPilot

Feb 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  30 Comments

We usually don’t do News Stories, per se, but this is really big news in the lower end CNC Controller world.
I just got the announcement today that Tormach is releasing PathPilot for Beta Test.
I’ve had a chance for a while to use the first incarnation of Path Pilot with my Tormach Slant Bed…

Our 2015 Kick Off Sale Will Continue For Another Week

Feb 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Our 2015 Kick Off Sale was originally scheduled to end Valentine’s Day, but due to popular demand, we’ll continue it through the end of next week.  The sale ends, Saturday, February 21.
While the sale lasts, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart,…

Turning and Lathe Feeds and Speeds With G-Wizard

Feb 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Just posted a new video in our G-Wizard University series.  The G-Wizard University is a set of short videos focused on specific features.  The idea is to make it easy to quickly delve into a good tutorial on how to use whatever feature you’re interested in for our G-Wizard Software.
The quickest way to find…

Results of 2015 CNCCookbook End Mill Brand Survey

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  12 Comments

Wow, we got almost 700 votes for some 75 different end mill brands in just a few days.  This has been one of our most popular surveys ever.
Here are the results:
Major Brands
The Major Brands accounted for 75% of the votes.  The breakdown is as follows:

Major brand market share: these brands accounted…

Learn How a Professional Dreamworks Sculptor Finishes His 3D Prints

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment

3D printing is great–it lets you produce models of almost anything reasonably easily.  It only has a few drawbacks:
–  The print material (resin or filament) can be expensive.
–  Printing can be slow compared to subtractive processes.
–  Parts require some post-processing for best finish.
This article focuses on the post-processing.  In particular, I…

Help Us Kick Off 2015 With a Sale!

Feb 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

What are you doing to make sure 2015 is an even better CNC year than 2014 was?  We’re not tip toeing around at our end.  We’re getting things started off on the right foot with a 15% off sale.  That’s right, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken…

What Are the Most Popular End Mill Brands?

Feb 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  5 Comments

What are the most popular end mill brands?  Let’s find out by surveying our readers:
Take the CNCCookbook 2015 Endmill Survey
We’ll put up the results as soon as we get a decent number of responses.  Be sure  you’re signed up for our email newsletter so you don’t miss hearing the results!  You can sign…

What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Do you have hourly billing rate figures for all of your CNC Machines?  It’s handy to know what you need to be able to bill out a machine at to pay for the cost of having it sitting on your Shop Floor.  G-Wizard Estimator includes a super simple Machine Hourly Rate Calculator that makes it…

How Can I Calibrate the GW Editor Run Time Estimates for My Machine?

Jan 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Each machine requires a little different calibration.  In G-Wizard Editor, you have the following adjustments available:
Max Rapids
How fast can your machine rapid?  This is the value GW Editor will use (acceleration adjusted) in its estimates.
Spindle 0-max rpm time
How fast does your spindle change speeds?  GW Editor factors in a time based…

Total Guide to CNC Router Workholding

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  No Comments

Just posted another installment in our CNC Beginners Cookbook series:  The Total Guide to CNC Router Workholding.  In this article we delve into everything from vacuum tables to T-Tracks to using polymer nails for CNC Router Workholding.



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