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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…

CNC Control Market Shares: What Are the Most Popular Controls?

Aug 2, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  20 Comments
pro vs hobby cnc controls

As of this morning, we have 200 responses to our CNC Control Survey.  While we’re picking up some new controls here and there, the percentages haven’t materially changed much from the first 100 responses, so it is time to summarize the results.
Pro vs Hobby Controls
The hobby controls narrowly edged out professional controls by…

10 Reasons to Have an Internet-Connected Computer in the Shop

Jul 31, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments
garage shop computer

Okay, I’ll admit it–I’m an unabashed supporter of the Internet.  It has radically changed how we access information in a relatively short time.  It touches every walk of life.  At our house, we seldom watch TV anymore.  There’s just too many ads.  If we watch programming at all, it is via a computer connected to…

Turning Pro and the Lunch Pail Manifesto

Jun 11, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

Long-time readers will know that I am a serial entrepreneur and I love small businesses.  I also love the way America used to be before Wall Street became a game of building bubbles from which to plunder other’s savings and manufacturing became a game of outsourcing.  I still believe we can get back to those…

Results of Our CNC Machine Survey

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment
Pro vs Hobby CNC Users

Recently, we started a new survey to determine what sorts of CNC machines the majority of our readers were using.
In a broad sense, the different machine types fell into these categories:

Mills, Lathes, and CNC Routers were the most common machine types.  The category of “Machines for cutting sheet material” consisting of…

John Grimsmo: Consummate CNC Knifemaker and Entrepreneur

Jun 2, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’ve been meaning to write another John Grimsmo post since I heard he picked up a sponsorship from Tormach.  Congratulations to both parties–I think the marriage is great.  John is gaining a machine in the Tormach that will take his business up several levels from the much smaller mill he converted, and Tormach is getting…

Do you believe Apple can’t make their products in the US?

May 30, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  7 Comments
Small American Flag

I don’t believe this claim.  Apple CEO Tim Cook claims there are not enough skilled tool and die makers.  I say that’s balooney.
Check out my post on my other blog, Smoothspan for more.
I don’t see how we can build stealth fighters, nuclear submarines, and all manner of other things in the aerospace and…

Pssst, are you a cheapskate like me?

May 5, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

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…

I Don’t Care What You Say About Us As Long As You Link to Us!

Mar 11, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

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…


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