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A New Cookbook is Born: Check Out Our GD&T Tutorial

Jun 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment
GD&T Terminology

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing: GD&T
We’ve just launched our new Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Cookbook.  It’s a free tutorial on GD&T.  We’re just getting started, so there are only two chapters there so far.  But, we’ll add a new one every week and before long we’ll have a very complete GD&T tutorial that’s completely…

21 Ways to Maximize Your Odds At Lights Out Machining

May 31, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Lights Out Machining: Huge Advantages But Hard to Achieve…
What is Lights Out Machining and Why Care?
Lights Out Machining: Holy Grail of productivity for some, scary unexplored territory for others.  Lights Out means manufacturing processes that are fully automated and require no human presence.  That’s the 100,000 foot view, but of course every process…

Thank You For Your Service

May 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

CNC’d flag courtesy of GryphonCNC…
This Memorial Day, we at CNCCookbook would like to express our gratitude for all who have served our country so that we may enjoy the many freedoms we have.…

IoT and the Biggest Challenges to Data Driven Manufacturing, Part 2

May 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Software  //  1 Comment

A glimpse of the Shop Floor of the Future…
The first part of this article discussed a Harvard Business Review piece by Willy Shih and Helmuth Ludwig that presented 4 challenges to the next stage of “efficient and responsive” production.  I won’t belabor those points further, having discussed them in the first installment.  What I…

Insanely Cool Greeting Cards for the Mechanically Inclined

May 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Mechanically inclined?  Why my dear fellow CNC’er–that’d be you, of course!

These little pint-sized kinetic sculptures are magnificently executed in paper and wood by Brad Litwin of Mechanicards.  I don’t know how he does it, but each is an inspiration.  You can subscribe and have them delivered to your doorstep, purchase the individual ones of…

Save on CNC Software Until Saturday, Jun 6

May 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Come on, everyone wants more Cowbell, right?  Well, we don’t sell Cowbells, but we do sell CNC Software that guaranteed to make you a better CNC’er or your money back. So how about more CNC software?  In fact, we’ll make it not only easy but cheap with our Memorial Day Sale.
There’s just a few…

Get Help Narrowing the CAD Field With CADFinder

May 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

And now for something completely different…
We recently completed a major survey of CAD users.  It enabled us to build a unique database of hundreds of responses from folks who use these CAD programs on a daily basis.  We published the results, but then we had another idea.
What if We Could Use the CAD…

IOT and the Biggest Challenges to Data-Driven Manufacturing, Part 1

May 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
IoT and Factory Automation

I read with interest Willy Shih’s (Professor of Management Practice at Harvard) and Helmuth Ludwig’s (EVP at Siemens PLM Software) article in the Harvard Business Review on the Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing.  In it, they discuss the idea that Data-Driven Manufacturing and the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors connected to the Internet (the so-called…

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Reviews of 7 Leading CAD Programs

May 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

What sorts of things would you want to know before purchasing a new CAD Software Package? These packages are expensive, you’ll spend hours learning to use them effectively, and they make the difference between success or failure of your next CNC project. The choice you make will impact your productivity for a long time.
Here…

Powerful Hybrid Turning/Milling on a VMC Done Cheap

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Ever used your VMC to turn parts?  Not so much I bet.  A lot of CNC Lathe users, OTOH, have probably milled parts, provided they have live tooling.  In fact, I’ve talked to many who prefer to mill on their lathes when the nature of the part makes it possible.  A lathe with bar feeder…

CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey and Reviews

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Products  //  No Comments

Our readers have gotten a lot of value from CNCCookbook surveys in the past.  You’ve learned things like what the most popular CAD and CAM packages are, or what users think the particular strengths and weaknesses of some of these packages are.  I’ve always felt the best reviews are from the people using the products…

CNCCookbook Memorial Day Sale: Details Here!

May 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Memorial Day Sale

We’ve marked down all our CNC Software so you save 15% on any purchase–that’s on everything we offer.
Here are just a few of the deals we have for you:
–  Get a 3 year subscription to GW Calculator for $109.99 instead of the regular $129.
–  Get a lifetime subscription to GW Calculator for…

Bootstrap Your DIY CNC Mill Conversion With a 3D Printer

May 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
3D Printed DIY CNC Motor Mount

One of the problems with getting started with a CNC Conversion is not having a CNC to help you make the parts.  You can find kits, which are very helpful.  You can try to manually machine the parts, which is entirely doable.  I did some of both for my first CNC project–an RF-45 mill conversion.  …

HP Announces Details On Their New Line of Jet Fusion 3D Printers

May 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Products  //  4 Comments
HP Jet Fusion 3D Printers

HP’s new Jet Fusion printers range from $130,000 to over $200,000.  This is their 4200 model…
HP announced at an unveiling event at the RAPID Tech Conference in Orlando, Florida that it has launched it’s new 3D printing line and the machines can print 10 times faster and at half the cost of 3D printers…

10 CNC Plasma Cutter Project Ideas

May 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects  //  2 Comments
Plasma Cut Fire Pit

So you’re thinking about CNC Plasma Cutters (also called Plasma Tables) and you’re wondering what you might make with one.  Here’s a bunch of ideas to get the juices flowing.
Yard Art

Turn an old saw into artwork…
Signs

Business sign…

House number with brushed and rusted finishes…

A sign for your teenage daughter’s bedroom……

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