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The 12 Secrets of Machining Tough Materials on Small CNC Machines

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
ChipThinning

Machining difficult materials like Titanium and Stainless Steel is a scary business if you own a smaller CNC machine.  Even doing aluminum versus plastics and woods can be daunting.  Our article on machining aluminum for CNC Routers is one of the most popular we’ve ever done, for that reason.  But here is the surprising thing:…

Every CNC’er Deserves a Second Chance

Sep 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Stopwatch

Who else missed a Free Trial or other opportunity because work got too busy?  Who else bought a CNC machine and at the same time started looking at CNC Software without realizing it was going to be a fair bit of work to get the machine running smoothly before they could put that CNC Software…

Labor Day Sale Details Here!

Sep 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Honor Labor!

We got our start honoring labor here at CNCCookbook.  Long-time readers will remember the World War 2 “Factory Gals” we displayed for a long time here.  They gave up a lot from their lives to go to work in factories while their men went off to war, and we’re lucky they were willing to do…

Did You Know CNCCookbook Has a CNC Dictionary?

Sep 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
PHOTO BY TEXAST/FLICKR (CREATIVE COMMONS)

We created our CNC Dictionary a long time back, but continue to add new terms to it.  It’s part of a long line of reference materials to help beginners come up to speed on CNC. Some other great examples include:

CNC Beginner’s Cookbook:  Beginner’s get started here.  This page guides you down a path of…

Quickie Vise Pallets for Small Parts

Sep 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments
ViseBlock1

The secret sauce for a lot of very clever machine work is in the fixturing and workholding, so I always pay attention when people are posting pictures of their fixtures (he’s a poet and just don’t know it, yeah right!). Here is a nice simple little fixture from Travis on CNCZone:

It’s kind of like…

11 Measurable Benefits of Having a GCode Editor for Your Shop

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  3 Comments
GWEUses

We’re back at it again listening to customers.  I consider CNCCookbook’s customers and readership (that would be you folks!) to be the biggest competitive and business advantage that we have.  There simply are very few CNC Software companies that can listen to what such a large and talented audience has to tell them.
Last week,…

A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments
cncpunch4

Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these:

Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel…
Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …

Decimal Points: A Quick Way for the Unwary to Crash a CNC Machine

Aug 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
KnightNoChecking

Those of you who are relatively new to CNC but who have been around more experienced CNC’ers have probably wondered why they always add a decimal point in the GCode, even when there’s nothing following the decimal.  For example, to go to 5 inches (or mm in metric) right of the origin, they will enter…

8 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best Screwdriver

Aug 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products  //  29 Comments
KleinCushionGrip

As machinist’s, we use screwdrivers a lot, right?  Many of us are also major tool junkies.  So, when we get tired of the usual Craftsman or SnapOn options, where do we go for a better screwdriver?
I thought it was worth some research and came up with 9 brands.  What makes a better screwdriver?  Lots…

9 Shocking Statistics About G-Wizard We Couldn’t Make Up

Aug 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  6 Comments
GWCoolantOptions2

I wrote the original G-Wizard Calculator in order to save myself time and get better results machining.  I noticed I was hauling handbooks and tooling catalogs around, punching numbers into calculators, and eventually spending way too much time working through elaborate spreadsheets to get good results.  There were things I was learning from the tooling…

Are 3D Printers the Ultimate Scale Modeler’s Tool?

Aug 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In my youth I spent hours building precision scale models of various military fighting vehicles from kits made by Tamiya.  They were intricately detailed and I would do everything I could to make them look realistic–right down to weathering them with fancy airbrushed paint jobs. Even so, I was limited to what kits were available…

A Simple Trick to Find the Most Popular Vendor for Anything Sold on the Internet

Aug 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments
happycrowd

Marketers will make all kinds of noise about how good their products are.  I know we do, for sure, LOL.  But, when you’re shopping for something, it’s helpful to make an end run around the hype.  There are a lot of ways to do this.  One thing I like to do is make my own…

I Failed And Had to Fire Another Customer

Aug 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  9 Comments
TheDonaldRoars

Every now and again, any business will encounter an abusive customer.  Sometimes, that customer had a real problem, they were just overly abusive in their quest to get a solution.  Other times, the customer had no legitimate problem, they were either abusive because that’s how they interact, or because they want to be unreasonable to…

Adam Savage’s Radical Alternative to Tool Boxes

Aug 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  14 Comments
CrazyCrowded

What’s better: crazy crowded drawers or a nice vertical organized tool stand?
I’m a toolbox fanatic.  Almost every year when they go on sale after Father’s Day or Christmas, I look over the deals, and buy another rolling tool box.  It seems like there are never enough drawers available to really organize a shop, and…

Dude, You Want To Ride My Dinosaur?

Aug 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment
BobTRex1

Bob the Drill-Powered T-Rex Scooter…
Every now and again we come across that guy.  You know, the one who does the coolest projects ever.  The projects that make you giggle nervously or just stare open-mouthed when you see them.  How the heck do these guys and gals even think of these things?
Take Izzy Swan,…

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