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The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 4

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
RomiC420

This is part 4 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this episode, we’ll go to the very heart of the shop, at least for CNCCookbook readers.  Yes, that’s right, we’re going to take a look at what sort of mills and lathes might be appropriate for a shop like this.
Turning:  Toolroom…

Help Your Tooling Survive Deep Slot Router Jobs

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Stickout

I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life.   He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible.  He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…

The Secrets of CAM for Beginners

Sep 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments
CarbSpacer

Do you find CAM as frustrating and mystifying as I once did?
I remember when I first started messing around with CAM.  It was before I got my CNC mill up and running and a little while after I had gotten reasonably proficient with CAD.  I got hold of some free trials and couldn’t believe…

23 Websites to Help You Start and Grow Your Business

Sep 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments
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Periodically I pass along resources to help folks who are interested in starting or growing their businesses.  I don’t do it often, because that’s not really the focus of CNCCookbook.  But I do know that a great big segment of our audience is interested in this sort of thing either because they own their own…

Messing Around With Tormach’s PSG 612 Surface Grinder

Sep 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
TormachPSG612_Personal_Surface_Grinder

It’s been a little while since I had a chance to catch one of John Grimsmo’s Knifemaking Tuesday videos, but this one caught my eye when it came through recently.  It basically shows the Grimsmo brothers using their Tormach PSG 612 surface grinder on some sheet titanium that they’re preparing to be made into knife…

Visual Factory, Agile Software, and Standing Meetings: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 9

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Visual Factory is about improving communication

This is Part 9 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Poor communication is the bane of almost any form of teamwork.  The more complex the process the team is working on together, the more difficult proper communication is, but also the more critical it becomes to successfully implementing the process.
The somewhat peculiar title…

Installing G-Wizard Software on a New Machine

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  No Comments
CutOptimizer

Periodically, everyone upgrades their PC’s, whether for opportunity (there’s a more powerful one available!) or necessity (my hard disk crashed!).  When that time comes, you face the task of reinstalling all your software.
To help make this process easier, I do a couple of things for my own PC’s.  First is I keep a log…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 3

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
AmadaPressBrake

This is part 3 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
Time to dive into some of the beefier areas of our workshop, namely what kinds of machines will inhabit these hallowed halls?
Cutting Rough Stock to Shape
Cutting rough stock to shape is an important early step in most projects for our Ultimate…

Lean Manufacturing for Job Shops: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 8

Sep 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments
SayLeanAgain

This is Part 8 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
With the first 7 installments of our series, you now have a pretty good overview of what Lean Manufacturing is all about.  I’ve gotten a lot of great compliments on the series, and I appreciate that.  But at the same time, I know…

6 Ways G-Wizard Editor Can Save You Time and Money With G-Code

Sep 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
DeepHoleWizard

CNCCookbook’s G-Wizard Editor is a full-featured g-code editor and simulator with loads of features.  But I want to call particular attention to these 6 Power Features because they have the potential for the biggest savings of time and therefore money when you’re dealing with g-code:
–  Hints and Information Tabs:  GWE will give you tons…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 2

Sep 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  2 Comments
LumbarChair

This is part 2 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
Computers and design are a big part of Tony Stark’s Workshop.  Of course Tony has the robotic artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. to help him get things done, or perhaps mostly to clean up the shop and serve as a comic foil to Stark’s genius.  …

Kanban Visual Scheduling: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 7

Sep 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
ShopFloorEBT

This is Part 7 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
Kanban Came From Studying Supermarkets Stocking Food
Kanban, which means signboard or billboard in Japanese, is a visual scheduling system for lean and just in time production.  While some think of it as an inventory control system, it is more of a logistical…

Our 2014 Labor Day Sale Ends Friday: Just A Couple Days Left to Save!

Sep 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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Our 2014 Labor Day Sale ends this Friday–just a couple days left to save.
We’ve reduced prices on all purchases over $99 by 15% as our way of honoring labor.  Click through the order button to see your savings in the Shopping Cart.
Here are some of our most popular deals:
–  Lifetime subscription to…

Making G-Wizard Software Updates Faster and Simpler

Sep 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
NewImproved

Upgrading software is a fact of life.  Most of the time its a good thing–bugs get fixed and features get added.  At CNCCookbook, we try to keep everyone pretty up to date on the available releases for G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor.  Most of the time, if a bug is discovered that escaped our testing,…

Results of Our Setup Sheet Survey

Sep 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
SetupSheetPages

As part of our post, “The Art of the Setup Sheet”, we ran a survey to see how shops were approaching their Setup Sheets.  Here are the results:
How Are Your Setup Sheets Delivered?
– 87% print them on paper
– 33% make them available on computer or tablet
Frankly, I was surprised and impressed…

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