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I read a great quote somewhere:
Making good decisions requires experience. Experience requires making bad decisions.
I’ve been an entrepreneur who has constantly been starting new businesses across my 30+ year long career. I’ve found that quote to be true, if a little painful to actually live through.
Netflix founder was one of my mentors……
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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 […]…
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…