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Are you a cheapskate like me? It’s no problem. Our money doesn’t go as far as it used to and we need all the help we can get.
And, I hate companies that hide their coupons, ration them only to new customers (why not give your loyal customers something too), give rebates that are hard…
There is a famous quote about PR:
I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.
It has variously been attributed to Mae West, P.T. Barnum, Will Rogers, and a host of others.
Times have changed, so I have changed the quote:
I don’t care what the…
I get a lot of email from folks that visit our CNCCookbook site. It’s almost universally positive–they love all the great information we’ve put together for machinists. If I get much in the way of a common complaint, it’s that many find the site hard to navigate. I can’t blame them–we have nearly 1700 pages…
2011 was a great year for G-Wizard sales, but 2012 has so far trumped it. Sales are off to a great start. We’re in spitting distance of being able to double our installed base, so we decided to enlist your aid in the process.
At some point in the second half of each month, we’ll…
Starting the week between Christmas and New Year’s, CNCCookbook began doing quite a few transformations to give the site an overall facelift. We revamped our menus and merged the WordPress blog into the main site (it had been a separate site during most of 2011). In addition, we’ve redoubled our efforts to publish more quality…
I got a nice note from G-Wizard Customer Wiley Davis, who has a Kickstarter project underway to create a product for the photography market. Wiley tells me he used G-Wizard extensively to calculate feeds and speeds while developing his project.
We ran an earlier article about a product called “Modigrip” that was another Kickstarter project.…
While the US and many other parts of the world has suffered high unemployment in the present difficult economic conditions, Germany’s unemployment rate has steadily declined. It stood at 8.6% in 2007 and today is down to 6.9%. At the same time, they’re creating many of these jobs through rising exports of products, which make…
Have you ever seen the Seinfeld skit about the Soup Nazi? It seems there’s a little deli that has the most amazing soup. There’s just one little problem: the owner is the Soup Nazi. If he doesn’t like the way you’re trying to do business, he immediately refunds your money and announces loudly, “No soup…
We love showing what our G-Wizard customers are doing, and we have a very interesting one from MM Pictures and G-Wizard Customer Precision Machinery and Tooling. Modogrip is a very cool product for Indie Film Makers. One of the many really difficult things to when making a film is to get those shots that make…
Came across an interesting article on Practical Machinist talking about how hight the prices on CNC machines have gotten. It’s interesting to puzzle it out. The posters seem to feel that shops are busy right now, and there is a real shortage of new machines available, so the used ones are fetching a premium right…
Our About page says we’re devoted to “Fanatically Loyal Customers.” It’s true. Here’s an email I just received, and the author said I was welcome to quote (thanks T!):
I have given your program a real test and interestingly I had problems with getting the cutter to perform as per the program. Traced…
For this anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to publish some articles that celebrate America, the Little Guy, and Making Things. As I’ve said before, I believe America was built by the Little Guy, not by Big Business. Nothing against Big Business, but more focus on the Little Guy is what will take us out of…
Over on Practical Machinist, there are many great stories about folks making things. It’s probably the largest online community dedicated to manufacturing, and there is something there for everyone. I just saw the video that Kevin and his nephew put together that shows what Potter USA does, and it’s wonderful:
Small Company Making Things: Tools…
Here’s a fun video that illustrates the simple logic behind why it’s Small Businesses that create the jobs:
Small Business and Entrepreneurs create the jobs……
There’s a great pair of articles on Straightline’s manufacturing over on MMSOnline. The first talks about the company’s highly automated CNC manufacturing in general. Straightline makes Mountain Bike components, and was started by a family working together.
Here is a typical part, a stem:
While Straightline is a Canadian company based in Vancouver, rather than…