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Connecting Your Tormach to the Network

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

A Tormach in the Clouds?
Until very recently, Tormach strongly discouraged connecting their CNC machines to the network.  That’s all changed with the introduction of the new Tormach Path Pilot CNC Controller.
As Tormach says in their recent article:
Prior to PathPilot, our technical team strongly discouraged any networking of Tormach machine controllers. Background network…

2 Tools for Calculating Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover When Milling

Mar 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and a variety of other machining operations.  Aside from the machines capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the most important variables for determining feeds and speeds.  In conjunction with…

New 3D Printing Process is 25X Faster and Gives a Better Finish

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

I’ve said it before, having access to good chemistry is an imperative for innovation in the 3D Printing space.  This new process from Carbon3D really emphasizes that point.  It’s designed for 3D printers that rely on photo-sensitive resins (SLA or Stereolithography) rather than filament extrusion, but it can make those printers dramatically faster as well…

New Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill Arrives at CNCCookbook

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  21 Comments

We’ve been so busy lately with one project after the other here at CNCCookbook, but it has been a lot of fun. The latest news is we’ve taken delivery on a brand new Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill with all the trimmings–Tool Changer, Full Enclosure, Spindle Speeder, and a bunch of other goodies.
That also meant…

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Users

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

Here’s a rundown on what’s new lately in G-Wizard Calculator and Editor’s latest versions:
G-Wizard Calculator
Release 2.77 adds A513 Low Carbon Steel.  If we’re missing a material you’re interested in, just drop us an email.  We can frequently add it fairly quickly just like we recently did for A513 and before that for the…

14 Cloud Software Myths Debunked for Manufacturing Software

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  24 Comments

There have been people worrying about and bashing the Cloud since the very beginnings of the Cloud.  Despite that, Cloud has been with us for a very long time, and it’s done nothing but get inexorably bigger.  It has gotten into more application categories than ever, and every one it gets into, it’s market…

Keep Eyes Peeled for OnShape: The Next Generation in CAD Software

Mar 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  49 Comments

Nope, it’s not a SolidWorks rendering, it’s onShape…
Today, SolidWorks is pretty much the reigning King of CAD software for the CNC world.  We certainly confirmed that with our CAD survey:

Solidworks dominates the Pro category…
But what would happen if you could assemble most of the founding team that originally built SolidWorks?  What if…

Try Out Our New G-Wizard Editor Usability Features

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

I recently did a survey of folks who tried our 30-day Free G-Wizard Editor Trial, but that didn’t wind up buying.  Obviously I’d like to know what the main factors were that prevented their purchase.  I really expected to see a bunch of reponses that boiled down to, “Nice product but I don’t need a…

Build a Drag Knife for Your CNC Router or Mill

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  8 Comments

Drag Knifes are really handy for cutting soft materials like vinyl, cardboard, mat board, foam, wood veneer, leather, and many others.  With flat sheets, you might use one to create some custom packaging for some product, for example, or at least to prototype the packaging. Commercial drag knifes are readily made, but can be a…

Marketing for Your Job Shop or CNC Manufacturing Business the CNCCookbook Way

Mar 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  5 Comments

People I talk to are often curious about CNCCookbook as a business.  They want to know how big it is and how it got to be that big.  While our financial performance is private, suffice to say it is very successful.  What I will share is some data about our marketing and how we built…

Cobalt Chrome Feeds and Speeds + Material Selection in G-Wizard

Mar 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

The latest version of G-Wizard Calculator, v2.75, adds Cobalt Chrome to our list of Materials.
“What is Cobalt Chrome?” you might ask.  Why it’s just what the Dr ordered, almost literally.  CoCr is the common abbreviation.  There are several alloys available such as ASTM F75 or F799.  CoCr is extremely resistant to temperature, corrosion, and…

We’ve Been Chock-a-Block Busy This Past Week at CNCCookbook on Cool Stuff for You!

Feb 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

We’ve been chock-a-block busy this past week at CNCCookbook, so I haven’t had much time to write many blog articles.  I apologize for that, but I’ll be back at it with more articles very shortly.
What I’ve been working on may be of some interest, it’s a new approach to helping folks get up to…

Cellular Manufacturing: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 10

Feb 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

This is Part 10 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Cellular Manufacturing is a particular model for workplace design that is an important part of Lean Manufacturing.
Many times, shops are organized around particular tasks–all the milling machines are in a department or area, all the lathes are in a department or area, all…

Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

NYCCNC has a great video out showing off the Conversational CNC capabilities of the Tormach Lathe and it’s Path Pilot controller:

Take a few minutes and let John from NYCCNC show you how easy it is to make a part with Conversational CNC.  He’s able to go through a series of steps including Turning, Facing,…

Our Sale Ends Saturday: Just a Few Days Left to Save!

Feb 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

The sale ends Saturday, February 21, because all good things do come to an end.  Sorry!
While the sale lasts, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, so be sure to click through to see your savings.
There’s lots of great deals out…



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