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Worried About Global Warming? Then Buy American Made (Or European, Or Japanese)

Apr 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  14 Comments

I was reading Gilbert Kaplan’s article recently on anti-Manufacturing forces in Washington, and why we can’t seem to make much progress helping out the Manufacturing Sector here.  Gilbert is a former official in the US Department of Commerce, and he makes no bones about there being strong forces against Manufacturing in Washington.  He names 5…

G-Wizard Customer Fox Engineering Builds Custom Fuel Injection Systems for Hot Rodders

Apr 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment
Fuel Injected Big Block Chevy

I got a nice note from Josh Bentley recently, talking about how he used G-Wizard and his Industrial Hobbies CNC Mill to do some amazing fuel injection work for his company Fox Engineering. Here are some samples:

502 Cubic Inch Big Block Chevy in a Steel Deuce Hot Rod…

Cross Ram Fuel Injection Setup for…

CNC’ing the World’s Ultimate Pizza Cutter

Apr 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

I’ve recently written that there’s always a market for the very best of any product type and this story from Tormach’s blog is a great example.  Imagine what the world’s ultimate pizza cutter would be and you’ve got to come pretty close to Frankie Flood’s art:

I love the idea of the course he describes…

You Can’t Find Optimal Feeds and Speeds in Charts, Handbooks, or the Seat of Your Pants

Apr 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

I see a lot of interesting discussions about feeds and speeds out on the Internet.  There are people that think you can get good feeds and speeds just by reading manufacturer’s charts, by ear, from their CAM program, and through a whole host of other shortcuts.  Some say they’ve had enough experience as machinists that…

The Decline in US Manufacturing is More Recent Than You Think and May Be Turning Around

Apr 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Some important points to know about manufacturing in the US:
–  Manufacturing in the United States produces $1.8 trillion of value each year, or 12.2 percent of U.S. GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.  (The italics are mine, and…

Vanity Plates from LinkedIn

Feb 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I recently got a notice from LinkedIn stating that my profile was in the top 1% out of 200 million in terms of how many people had viewed it.  So, they sent me my vanity shot:

Nice letter, and I assume I have the CNCCookbook readership to thank for it.  I can’t imagine who else…

The 15 Best Web Sites for CNC Job Search

Feb 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Guest-Post  //  1 Comment

Times are tough, no doubt about it, and I wanted to do something to help others find work.  I get a lot of notes from folks who are using the G-Wizard Editor and our G-Code Tutorial to increase their CNC skills before setting out to find a new job, so that’s one way we try…

Tell MAKE Magazine What You Think About Offshoring!

Feb 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I can’t believe MAKE Magazine is focused on telling their Makers how to go offshore.  I’ve written about the problems of offshoring before.  Even big companies get it wrong and it makes no sense at all for small companies with so many fine innovative shops right here on our shores.  I’ve talked to many small…

Boeing’s Problem: Focusing on the Dumbest Idea in the World led to Offshoring

Jan 28, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment
Train Wreck

Forbes magazine has a two-part series of articles that essentially blames Boeing’s problems on poor decision making around outsourcing and offshoring work done for the 787 dreamliner.  After already being billions of dollars over budget and delivering the first planes 3 years late, the grounding of the entire 787 fleet adds insult to injury.  The…

CNC Manufacturing Workflow Infographic

Jan 7, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  3 Comments
CNC Manufacturing Workflow

Over the holidays I visited a friend who has a new waterjet at his shop.  I’ll write more about that later, but one thing he said really stuck with me and that is that the waterjet had seriously changed his whole workflow.  This had to do with whether he was producing rough stock ready for…

What Makes Your CNC Business Different?

Nov 8, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

Having founded 4 Silicon Valley startups and participated in success and failure at 3 others, I’ve learned a little bit about making a business successful.  I write another blog called Smoothspan that specifically discusses business strategy for entrepreneurs, but I like to do a post here every now and again when I have something to…

HSMWorks Sold to Autodesk: What Do Solidworks Users Do?

Oct 3, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments
Autodesk acquires HSMWorks

Here’s a bit of industry news that was a shocker:  CAM provider HSMWorks has been bought by Autodesk.  If you go to their home page, it’s now called “Autodesk HSMWorks.”  Even weirder is the tagline, “The CAM Solution for Solidworks.”
The gang over on CNCZone is not real happy about this development.  HSMWorks is thoroughly…

Our New Customer Portal Lets You Vote On New Features for G-Wizard

Sep 24, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

I really love the way the Customer Portal is shaping up in terms of allowing the G-Wizard user community to help decide what features we’ll add next.  The feature voting section of the portal is easy to use.  Everyone who signs up is given 10 votes.  You can either use your votes on existing choices…

Michigan Training Program Turns Out CNC Machinists in 6 Weeks

Sep 3, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  3 Comments
get set cnc training

With Manufacturing on the upswing lately, Michigan’s biggest problem is suddenly there are not enough qualified machinists available.  You had to wonder whether this was coming when so many were laid off, right?  Unfortunately for the manufacturers, many of the folks they laid off left the industry and even the state, so there are no…

Austin Barnett’s Awesome Custom CNC Car Badges

Aug 15, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  6 Comments

I originally wrote about Austin’s work some time ago, but wanted to revisit and refresh the post as he has a very cool CNC business with products I’m sure a lot of folks would be interested in.  He is a great inspiration for those who have the imagination and craftsmanship, but wonder how to turn…


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