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Derby the Dog Runs for the First Time With 3D Printed Prosthetics

Dec 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

The Holiday Season is all about miracles, so I wanted to run at least one story about a miracle CNCCookbook readers might appreciate.  With the help of 3D Systems personnel and 3D Printer, Derby the Dog has new prosthetics that let him run for the first time.
Derby was born with deformed front legs.  He…

10 Features Pros Have that Hobby CNC Controllers Dont

Dec 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Software  //  20 Comments

Hobby CNC Controllers have gotten to where they’re quite powerful.  I recently saw an article on a single chip CNC controller–no need for a PC, just add a few outboard parts and it drives the stepper motors, provides an LCD screen UI, and quite a lot more.  Amazing stuff, and it’s only going to keep…

10 Tool Gift Ideas for Machinists

Dec 13, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  2 Comments

What to get the machinist on your list for the Holiday Season?  How to help your loved ones get you the right gift if you’re a machinist?
This used to be hard because gifts could be so specialized and hard to find.  In the past I’ve just simply asked that if an item like that…

Thanks for Participating!

Dec 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We’re getting great response on our Machinist’s Book Giveaway and on our 2014 Holiday Sale.  Thanks everyone for all your help!
If you haven’t taken advantage of either one yet, click the links, see what it’s all about, and join in.  We don’t want anyone to miss out.
(Careful Santa, that outfit doesn’t look safe…

We Sure Could Use More Twitter Followers!

Dec 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  3 Comments

Twitter can be a very effective medium for discovering new stories that you’d like to follow.  We Tweet every new article we publish here to Twitter for example.  Recently, we’ve become tapped out on following more folks on Twitter.  It seems they limit you after you get to 2000 followers so you can’t follow anyone…

Breaking News: Shapeoko and Carbide 3D Join Forces

Dec 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

This is big news for the CNC For The Rest Of Us Market:  Shapeoko has now joined forces with Carbide 3D, makers of the Nomad CNC Mill.  CNCCookbook has an exclusive interview on this new parternship with Rob Grzesek and Edward Ford.  

Rob Grzesek is a founder at Carbide 3D and the developer for MeshCAM……

Lathe Tailstock Basics Plus Tormach Tailstock

Dec 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just got the Tailstock installed on my Tormach Lathe and I’m very pleased with it.  Here are some photos:

The Tailstock clamps to the dovetail ways…
The Tailstock clamps to the Tormach Lathe’s dovetail ways and is very sturdy.  Installation is easy if you follow Tormach’s video on the subject.  Here is a shot…

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 Holiday Sale!

Dec 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

20% Off Holiday Sale
The end of the year is near, it’s the Holiday Season, and we always like to do our biggest sale of the year at this time.  So, until the end of the year, you’ll get 20% off on any purchase of $100 or more. No coupons or special gimmicks are necessary.  …

3D Printing for RC Plane Modelers and Drone Builders

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  5 Comments

I was an avid model builder in my youth, and carried it forward into adulthood when I was much younger by building RC (Radio Controlled) Planes.  My biggest problem was that the planes took a long time to build relative to the length of time I could fly one before crashing it.  I think I…

The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Use Soft Jaws for a 5C Collet Chuck

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This is a great idea I first saw Geof publish over on CNCZone a long time ago.  I got thinking about it again as I was taking my 5C closer on and off my Tormach lathe.

Softjaws with the right ID profile make a fine 5C collet closer…
I’m already set up with a nice…

Giveaway: 4 Books Every New Machinist Should Start With

Nov 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  9 Comments

Update:  The Giveaway is Back!
Our last book Giveaway was so successful we’ve decided to run it again to give 4 new winners a chance at these books.  Details are in the giveaway box to the left or just click here.
I’m a compulsive book buyer and researcher if you haven’t guessed by now.  If…

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments

The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M.  Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.  Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…

Not Filtering Your Coolant? Find Out How to Do It Cheaply and Easily

Nov 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Do you have a filter inline that cleans fine particles from your coolant?  If you don’t, you really ought to for a variety of reasons:
–  Better surface finish and tool life.  Blasting old chips from the coolant sump directly into the cut will cause the chips the scratch up your work and recutting will…

What is a CNC Simulator? Plus: 5 Reasons to Use One

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I just put the first two installments in place to launch our G-Wizard University for G-Wizard Editor.  One is a quick walkthrough of GW Editor and the second is entitled, “What is a CNC Simulator?”  If you’re not really sure what a CNC Simulator is, what’s it’s for, or why you’d want to use one,…


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