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Storehouse of DIY Welding Table and Cart Ideas

Nov 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

If you’re a pro, you’ve probably got lots of room in your shop for welding, assuming it’s important to your business.  But for the DIY guy, he’s trying to cram as much useful stuff as possible into what is probably a crowded garage shop.  Welding can be a dirty smell somewhat nasty business.  You don’t…

A Bargain From Autodesk I Couldn’t Resist

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I need another CAD program like a hole in the head.  Currently I use Rhino3D and SolidWorks, and I’m very happy with them.  Rhino3D is my goto program for quick and dirty one-offs and weird shapes like rifle stocks.  SolidWorks is the lingua franca of the CNC world and the goto when I want to…

Secrets of Broaching on a CNC Mill

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  19 Comments

We’ve written about broaching tools in CNC’s before.  It’s a common operation and one that can certainly be automated via CNC.
Here’s a Monel socket that required broaching right through the helical threads:

That Monel can be some nasty stuff!
As we all know, that Monel can be some nasty stuff.  Here’s the tooling from…

9 Essentials to Think About When Setting Up Your CNC Lathe Tooling

Nov 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Having physically hefted the Turret onto my Tormach CNC Lathe, it seemed appropriate to start thinking about tooling it up.  I wanted to share with you some of the considerations I’m making, which are based on some experience, some advice, and a whole bunch of online research.  Here are 9 thoughts that should be going…

What’s the Fastest Way to Get Rid of the Annoying Little Nibs Left By Parting Off?

Nov 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  12 Comments

You know what I’m talking about–those little nibs that are left after parting off.  If you’re lucky, you’ve got a hole down the middle of the part and no nib.  But if the part is solid, there will be a nib.  It’s just the physics of it–the part starts to wobble as the nib gets…

Why Do Shops Use Multiple Shifts?

Nov 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

Why do shops use multiple shifts?
It’s all about the economics.  The thing to keep an eye on that drives these economics is plant and equipment utilization.
Let’s say you’re running a shop every day of every week, and you run it with 3 shifts so things are going 24 hours a day.  Phew!

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?

Oct 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  4 Comments

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?
Many of the pundits certainly think so, and Hewlett Packard certainly has both the track record and the resources to create a game changer.  Because of that, I took the time to go through all of the information on their announcement I could, and I have…

Halloween Sale Ends Tomorrow: Last Chance to Save on CNC Software

Oct 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We’re giving 15% off any purchase over $99 for our Halloween sale, but the sale ends tomorrow on Halloween Friday.  To get your savings, just place the order and you’ll see the discount automatically taken in the shopping cart.
Here are just a few of the great deals you can get with this sale:

Machinist Improve Thy Machines

Oct 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  7 Comments

(With appologies for borrowing and paraphrasing the old phrase “Physician heal thyself.”)
I met my first machinist when I was 9 years old in the Third Grade.  I was interested in Astronomy and my Dad and I were trying to build an improved equatorial (meaning it would follow the stars in their paths) mounting for…

Intro Feeds and Speeds for Mills and CNC Routers: More G-Wizard University Videos

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded two new G-Wizard University Videos.  G-Wizard University is a series of short 10-15 minute training videos that specialize in different aspects of using the G-Wizard Calculator and Editor software.  Videos are a fast way to learn for most people and these bit-sized videos make it easier to find one specific to what…

Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  …

10 Most Popular CNCCookbook Posts for the Past 12 Months

Oct 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

It’s been almost a year since we did a “most popular posts” article.  I like to do them from time to time because sometimes people miss the good stuff and because I like to know what really turns our readers on so I can research and write more of the same.
Here are the Top…

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer…

Installing a Tool Turret on the Tormach Lathe: Part 1

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Products  //  1 Comment

I’ve been using my Tormach Lathe a bit more lately and got tired of tripping over the crated tool turret, so I decided it was time to get it installed on the machine.  In Part 1, we’re just rigging it into the position.  The turret is substantial and you wouldn’t want to do this without…


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