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Help: How Can I Afford to Buy a CNC Machine?

Feb 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments

Dude, have you seen what these CNC machines cost?
CNC is one of my favorite things in the world, and it is amazing that an individual these days can actually have a full-blown CNC machine that’s more powerful than the machines used to put men on the moon right in their own garage.  Heck, they’re…

Help: I Need to Choose the Best Machine For My CNC Business!

Jan 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

Which machine is better for your business, Machine A or Machine B?
We’ve all been there–pouring over machine catalogs and specifications.  This one is so cool–the spindle goes 86 zillion rpms, the rapids are faster than light speed, and the tool changer, oh my, THE TOOLCHANGER!!!
But is the biggest baddest machining center always the…

Which CNC Skills Give You An Advantage Over Others?

Jan 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
cnc skills

Did you ever hit a tough problem in the shop, one where nobody seemed to know what to do, and all of a sudden someone came forward and saved the day?
Those kind of incidents are what elevate some players over others in the workplace.  Nothing like saving the bacon because you have some scarce…

Fun Podcast: Bob Warfield on Starting a Successful CNC Business

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Thought I’d share this Podcast Interview Bill Griggs did with me for CNCRouterTips.com:

[Podcast: Finding Your Audience With Bob Warfield]
It touches on how I got into CNC, how CNCCookbook started, and a number of other things.
Bill is great fun to talk to.  He writes about CNC Routers, CNC Businesses, and is generally a…

Introducing Custom Tailored Help for CNC’ers Like You

Dec 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Custom Tailored

Custom tailoring: it’s above my pay grade, but those who can afford it say it is absolutely the best. Far better than buying off-the-rack clothing.
Private lessons are a little more within reach, and I’ve had the pleasure of private tutors from time to time.  They beat being part of a classroom with lots of…

Ready to Start Your Own Successful CNC Business?

Nov 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

Have you dreamed of starting your own business?  What challenges do you think you’d face?
I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life: CNCCookbook is the 4th startup company I’ve founded, and I’ve been an executive at 4 more startups on top of those. Over 2 million CNC’ers just like you come to our web site…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Secrets of the Top Machine Shops: Detailed Analysis

Sep 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

One of the best ways to learn how to make your business more successful is to study the practices of other businesses, especially successful businesses.  Being aware of what other businesses do and comparing your business to them goes under a lot of names, but two you’ll hear often are Benchmarking and Best Practices.
MMSOnline’s…

Something Radical, New, and Valuable for Loyal CNCCookbook Readers

Aug 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products  //  1 Comment

CNCCookbook readers, we’re going to launch a new program for you this week.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time, and the opportunity has finally presented itself to make it a reality.  I don’t want to say too much about what it is (yes, I’m a tease!) in this article other than…

Guest Blogging Guidelines

Jul 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Guest-Post  //  No Comments

CNCCookbook loves to get pitches for guest posts on this site.  While we’ll always have a lot to say ourselves (hey quit chuckling out there in the audience!), we realize we’re not the only ones with something to contribute. We have a large and engaged audience of machinists from all walks who are interested in…

The MIT Technology Review Has It Wrong About Manufacturing iPhones In the US, And They Know It

Jun 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

There was a disappointingly fluffy article about the impossibility of manufacturing iPhones in the US written recently in the MIT Technology Review.  The article includes only the most minimal facts to support the author’s conclusion that you can’t make iPhones in America economically.  Commenters quickly point out that BMW makes every example of particular models…

What Do Food Trucks, CNC, and Makers Have in Common? Hint: Ask Anthony Bourdain

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Why should we be excited about Makers and Hobby CNC’ers?
I just saw this great quote from Anthony Bourdain on Food Trucks over on Scott Johnson’s blog, and it really hit home for me as a CNC’er and Small Business Entrepreneur:
“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs […]…

21 Ways to Maximize Your Odds At Lights Out Machining

May 31, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Lights Out Machining: Huge Advantages But Hard to Achieve…
What is Lights Out Machining and Why Care?
Lights Out Machining: Holy Grail of productivity for some, scary unexplored territory for others.  Lights Out means manufacturing processes that are fully automated and require no human presence.  That’s the 100,000 foot view, but of course every process…

IoT and the Biggest Challenges to Data Driven Manufacturing, Part 2

May 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Software  //  1 Comment

A glimpse of the Shop Floor of the Future…
The first part of this article discussed a Harvard Business Review piece by Willy Shih and Helmuth Ludwig that presented 4 challenges to the next stage of “efficient and responsive” production.  I won’t belabor those points further, having discussed them in the first installment.  What I…

IOT and the Biggest Challenges to Data-Driven Manufacturing, Part 1

May 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
IoT and Factory Automation

I read with interest Willy Shih’s (Professor of Management Practice at Harvard) and Helmuth Ludwig’s (EVP at Siemens PLM Software) article in the Harvard Business Review on the Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing.  In it, they discuss the idea that Data-Driven Manufacturing and the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors connected to the Internet (the so-called…

 

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