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7 Great Books For Your CNC Library

Apr 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  9 Comments
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I must admit: as much as I value the Internet and online resources, I still like books for a lot of things too.  Accordingly, I have a large library on CNC and Machining topics that I use to help me research a lot of what I write for CNCCookbook.  I thought you might like to…

Truths and Lies About China and Manufacturing: A Rant

Apr 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  20 Comments
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Warning:  This is a rant about the politics, truths, and lies of Manufacturing Jobs and it’s a long one!
I read a blog post this morning by Fred Wilson.  Wilson is a very successful, very wealthy venture capitalist in New York.  But he’s also wrong, or at the very least mis-informed when it comes to…

How Can I Figure Out What Tool to Use On My CNC Mill Or Router? (Part 2: 2D Profiling)

Apr 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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Profiling the outside of these parts…
This is Part 2 of our series on how to select the right CNC cutter for whatever job you’re doing.  We talked about choosing cutters for holes in the first installment.  In this article, I’m going to talk about selecting cutters for 2D Profiling.
What is 2D Profiling?
Think…

New Feature: G-Wizard Editor Makes G76 Threading Cycles Easier

Apr 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
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The G76 threading cycle is probably the most common g-code for cutting threads used on CNC lathes.  BTW, that link will take you to the chapter on programming G76 cycles that is part of our Free GCode Tutorial.  It’s chock full of cool GCode Programming tips and information, so whether you’re learning or just trying…

8 Ways to Locate Part Zero on Your CNC Machine

Apr 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  16 Comments
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One of the first things you have to do before you can begin machining a part is to tell the machine where part zero is.  Part Zero is the datum corresponding to the 0, 0 coordinate on the CAD drawing that you used for all your CAM work or to generate the g-code for your…

CNC Project: Mini Pool Table

Apr 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  6 Comments
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CNC yourself a mini pool table and shoot ball bearing pool balls with your pencil…
I promised to pass this project along in my recent article about Northwest Iowa Community College and their CNC program.
They came up with the mini pool tables as part of what they call a “Face to Face” program.  With…

How Can I Figure Out What Tool to Use On My CNC Mill Or Router? (Part 1 – Holes)

Apr 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  5 Comments
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I get this question from time to time, and all beginners are going to have it when they first start out:

How can I figure out which tool to use?

For this article, let’s stick to CNC Mills and Routers, and be aware that a Router is really just another name for a particular type…

Hurry: CNC Software Sale Ends Friday!

Apr 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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All good things must come to an end, and the same is true for our sale.  It ends Friday, April 15.
Just a few more days left to save 15% off any of our CNC Software.  It’s all marked down with your savings, as you’ll see if you click through to the shopping cart.
Here…

Learn How to Estimate Turning Jobs With G-Wizard Estimator

Apr 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
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G-Wizard Estimator is CNCCookbook’s estimating software for machine shops.  At the moment, it’s in Beta Test, so it’s free for anyone who can use G-Wizard Calculator.
I recently got a call from a customer who wanted to see a demo of how to estimate lathe parts.  I suggested he send me a print for one…

Customer Spotlight: Mandala Rose Works

Apr 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  3 Comments
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Here’s a shot of the Mandala Rose Works Rose Engine and its accessories…
Wade Wendorf’s Mandala Rose Works is truly a unique company.  They make Rose Engines, which are fascinating machines used to create Guilloche’ designs through engraving.  The closest thing to one many have come in contact with is a spirograph.  I’ve written a…

Milling Composites, Part 3: PCD End Mill Support for G-Wizard Calculator

Apr 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments
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PCD Tooling such as these Guhdo endmills can really increase tool life when machining composites.
In part 2 of our series on machining composites we saw that composites can be incredibly abrasive and therefore quite tough on tool life.  The most common way to get better tool life is to switch to PCD (poly-crystalline diamond)…

Here’s The Scoop on Which Machines Hobby CNC’ers Have And What They’re Making

Apr 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments
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I launched a survey a few days ago and we’ve already had over 300 responses as I write this–clearly there’s a lot of passion amongst the Hobby CNC crowd.  I can’t blame them–I love CNC and every aspect of it.
Here’s what we found out:
What kinds of CNC machines do you own?

CNC Mills…

Our CNC Software Sale Ends Next Week: Don’t Miss Out!

Apr 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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You guys are killing me!  The sale was supposed to end Friday, but I got so many notes from folks wanting a little more time on their free trials but not wanting to miss out that I had to cave in and extend the sale a week.  But this is it–the sale ends Friday, April…

The Lazy CNC’ers Way to Run a Bandsaw

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
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So you’ve got a bandsaw, maybe one of those inexpensive Chinese made metal cutting bandsaws?  And you need to cut a whole bunch of material to size with it.  You could than there cutting each piece by hand.  Yes, with a stop and all you’ll save a little time, but geeze what a pain.  I’m…

Customer Spotlight: Northwest Iowa Community College

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  4 Comments
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We have nearly 400 schools using our G-Wizard Software, and we offer an educational discount to students and teachers on all our products.  Our schools range from High Schools to Community Colleges to the best Universities in the land including Stanford, MIT, and Harvard.  Here at CNCCookbook, we’re big believers in Manufacturing-related careers and it…

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