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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…

Sales Ends Sunday: Just a Few Days Left!!!

Jun 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Photo courtesy of John Morgan

The end of our big sale is in sight–we’ll be ending it Sunday, June 21 (was June 14, but we extended it for 1 more week).
Meanwhile, for just a few more days, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, but you can…

Demystifying CAD File Formats

Jun 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
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CAD File Formats can be a confusing mess when  you’re just starting out.  There are so many questions that come up:
–  What’s the best format to use for exchanging information between two different CAD programs?
–  Why does this file open and look like my model but it seems broken in many ways compared…

4 Totally Awesome Things To Make on a CNC Mini Router

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
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The new Shapeoko 3…
CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days.  Whether you’re talking about inexpensive kits like the Shapeoko or finished ready-to-go-to-work units like the Nomad, there are a bunch of choices available to makers and CNC enthusiasts looking for a good way to start out with CNC. I got to see…

See How You Score on the Basic GCode Programming Quiz

Jun 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  4 Comments
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We’ve put together a quiz on the subject matter of Basic GCode Programming as covered in our free GCode Tutorial Course.
There are 25 questions and each question has a link to the appropriate chapter of the GCode Tutorial.  Take the quiz and then review just the material you missed.  It’s a great way to…

Saving Money on CNC Software: Here’s How

Jun 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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Saving money is something we’d all like to do, something we tell ourselves is important.  But saving is a matter of timing in many cases–did you take advantage of a good deal when it was offered?  It’s also a matter of luck–were you even aware the deal was out there when  you needed to spend…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 8: A Spindle for Our Mill

Jun 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  4 Comments
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This is the eighth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

What’s the Value of All Those Options Your Machine Dealer Wants to Sell You?

May 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
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Industrial CNC Machines are complex beasts.  Part of that complexity is inherent, and part of it comes from the myriad of features available for the machine.  This article is all about a dollars and cents approach to figuring out what those extra options are worth to you.  The idea is to come up with a…

Time for a CNC Software Sale, and a New Shopping Cart

May 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  1 Comment
Cool ‘shopping cart’ by KAM workshops used under creative commons license CC BY-SA 2.0

Over the Memorial Day 3-Day Weekend we worked tirelessly to install a new shopping cart.  It’s been operational since late Sunday, and a number of folks have tried it.  What better way to break in the new cart than with a good old CNCCookbook sale?
So here goes:
For a limited time only, you get…

3 Step Process For Choosing CAD Software

May 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
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This article is part of our series for getting CNC Beginners up to speed fast.  Be sure to check out our CNC Beginner Home Page for more good articles.
Being a CNC Beginner can seem daunting–you have to learn a very broad range of topics before you can make your first part.  But take heart,…

Help Us Produce More Content Focused on Your Interests

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  3 Comments
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We’ve recently added the ability to track some of your background to your user profile that goes with our emailings.  Our plan is to use the information to help guide content creation and to help us steer content your way that more closely fits your background.
You can update your email profile at any time…

Great Grinding Videos from Suburban Tool

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Have you spent much time on a surface grinder?  Do you ever need to hold a couple of tenths or less on a part?  Would you like to make super-precision tooling?
This kind of work is a little off the beaten path for many machinists.  It’s the realm of Tool Making and Toolmakers, and it’s…

Conversational Chamfer Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Manual, Software  //  3 Comments
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Our focus with G-Wizard Editor has lately been on finishing all the Conversational CNC Wizards.
First, what is Conversational CNC and why would you use it?
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.…

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