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What You Need to Know Now About IoT (The Internet of Things) for CNC Manufacturing

Dec 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
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The explosion of “Things” connected to the Internet…
By now you must have heard at least some of the hype surrounding IoT—The Internet of Things.  If nothing else, Gartner tells us it is at the top of the 2015 Hype Cycle, LOL.  It is trailing Consumer 3D Printing, which is just starting to fall off…

Take the 2015 CAM Survey

Dec 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments
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Another year is upon us, and we’re going to start doing a CAD and a CAM survey each year.  We used to alternate them, but the pace of innovation, not to mention mergers and acquisitions, has really picked up.  There’s too much change to only check in every 2 years.
This time, we’re doing a…

New Features: Tool Tables and Configurable Post for Conversational CNC

Dec 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
ToolCrib

Just uploaded a new version 3.2 of G-Wizard Editor which has a whole bunch of neat stuff added to the Conversational CNC module.
If you’re wondering what “Conversational CNC” is, I’m so glad you asked!
Conversational CNC is designed to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce…

App Stores Are Harmful to Software Vendors and Customers Alike

Dec 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  16 Comments
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I read with interest a recent article discussing the parade of software applications are leaving Apple’s App Store for good.  This is not the App Store for iPhones and iPads, but rather for Macs.  Why are they leaving?
The answers are pretty simple:

App Store has had numerous problems, including one digital certificate problem that…

Shaper Tools: What If Hand Tools Were CNC?

Dec 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
ShaperTools

The Shaper Router: Hand Tools with CNC…
CNC has been undergoing rapid evolution lately, especially at the entry-level part of the spectrum.  Mere mortals can have 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and CNC Mills in their garages these days.  Even the Apollo Space Program never had so much access to CNC as the average maker does…

Little-Known Factors That Make G-Wizard Great for Both Big and Small CNC Machines

Nov 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments
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Is G-Wizard best for Big or Small CNC Machines?
I was recently contacted by a G-Wizard user who was unhappy that some folks on a forum thread felt our G-Wizard Calculator was only good for Big Industrial Machines and not so much for little routers.  I told him I also hear sometimes from Big Industrial…

Thank You Tormach for Making G-Wizard One of Your 10 Things

Nov 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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A big shout out for Tormach, who just named G-Wizard one of the 10 things they’re thankful for:
Choosing feeds and speeds can be tricky – so much so that even veteran machinists can sometimes struggle with it. CNC Cookbook has developed G-Wizard, which lowers the barrier to using the proper speeds and feeds. We’re…

Surprising Things We Learned About Cloud CAD Software (Survey Results)

Nov 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments
WhichPackage

We just finished our big survey on Cloud CAD Software, and the results are fascinating.
One thing before we start.  The survey was worded to encourage responses only from people who had actually tried a Cloud CAD Software package.  There are plenty of folks that have preconceived notions about what they think, but I really…

Thank You! (Our Special Thanks to You)

Nov 22, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment
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Dear Friends of CNCCookbook:
As we enter the Holiday Season this 2015, I wanted to shout out a huge Thank You to all of you!
We are nowhere close to being done, but we’ve had quite a record year so far, and we couldn’t have done it without you.  By any measure, we…

Have You Tried Any of the Cloud CAD Packages Yet?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  4 Comments
CloudCADGraphic

We’re running a survey so we can give our readers some feedback on Cloud CAD. If you have any experience using one of these packages such as Fusion360 or Onshape, please take our survey and tell us what you thought.
The survey is short and won’t take much time at all.  Just click the button…

Can You Really Trust a Blake Coaxial Indicator?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments
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It’s a common problem for a machinist to need to find the center of a circular feature–either a boss or a hole.  There are a lot of ways to do this ranging from using a probe on a CNC to using one of the many tried-and-true methods that started out with manual machining.  The Blake…

Can’t Afford a CMM? Just Use a Mill With Accurate DRO

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  7 Comments
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A CMM is a device used to take accurate measurements from physical objects–typically parts in your machine shop.  The letters “CMM” stand for “Coordinate Measuring Machine.”  They’re extremely useful to have around, so much so that many shops experience productivity boosts when they locate a CMM right on the shop floor where it can be…

Gorgeous W-18 Engine from Modeles Patelo

Nov 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
MotoresPatelo

What if watchmakers made small model engines instead of watches?  The end result would have to be very much like the miniature engines made by Spanish machinist José Manuel Hermo Barreiro.  There are multiple designs–V-12, W-32, and this W-18–and each one is a work of art.  They’re all powered by compressed air, and so are…

Latest News as the Cloud CAD Wars Continue to Heat Up

Nov 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Leopard

We’ve covered Fusion 360 and Onshape in the past.  They’re the frontrunners so far in the race to do first class CAD in the Cloud.  We expect others will follow, chiefly from the large desktop competitors who start to see these Cloud entrants on their radars, but also from other newcomers.  Both products are making…

What Is Industrial Design Anyway?

Nov 9, 2015   //   by Mitch Pricer   //   3D Printing, Blog, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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Please give a warm welcome to our newest guest contributor, Mitch Pricer.  Mitch is an industrial designer specializing in 3D design, concept work, 3D modeling/art, and 3D printing. With over 5,000 hours spent 3D printing, he knows a thing or two about it, as well as about Industrial Design.  I first became aware of Mitch…

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