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Alibre Acquired by 3D Systems: Is the Maker Movement Going Mainstream and Big Bucks?

Jul 19, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

This is a fascinating development (hat tip to Dezignworks blog for putting me on to it). 3D Systems is a 3D printing company (think everything from personal Reprap-style extruders on up to commercial industrial strength solutions) that went public relatively recently. They’re showing nearly $180 million a year in revenue and a market cap of…

CNCCookbook Receives Better Business Bureau Accreditation

Jul 16, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I’m proud to announce that CNCCookbook is now a BBB accredited company. BBB is all about protecting consumers, and insuring integrity and trust. They put it best themselves. Here are their words:
BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to…

Remember Stuxnet? Technology Being Imported to the US is Being Laced With Hidden Hacker Tools

Jul 11, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I’m not a huge fan of outsourcing manufacturing overseas, but now there is another reason to be concerned.

Remember Stuxnet? That was where the “good guys” (us presumably, though we won’t admit it outright) performed a little cyber-sabotage of the gear used to create Iran’s uranium-enrichment centrifuges for their nuclear program. Basically Siemens PLC’s controlling…

RAMTIC: Fast Super-Precision Manufacturing on Cheap Machines

Jun 6, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Techniques  //  9 Comments

A friend and I were discussing the problems of a lack of temperature compensation when 3D profiling. He was talking about how he’d run a group of 4 parts and the first one might have a big 0.003 or 0.004″ step in it at after a toolchange because the machine wasn’t warmed up properly. I…

Give Yourself a STOP-Doing List

Jun 1, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

If you’re organized at all, you make and use ToDo lists. I’ll bet most machinists and engineers are pretty organized in this respect. I know I’m an inveterate list maker, and have it down to a fine art. While I’ve tried using a lot of different software for the task, I have found Excel to…

The Emeco 1006: Made in America with Quality and Style

Apr 6, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

Manufacturing an iconic “best” of its kind that is both art and function right here in America. How do you go wrong with a story like that? The Emeco 1006 (ten-oh-six) was originally designed for the Navy, where it saw service on ships and submarines. Lately, its timeless style (the seat was said to be…

The Short List for Online Marketers at Small Businesses

Jan 5, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

My other blog is about entrepreneurship in the technology startup world (not to mention Cloud Technology, Mobile Computing, and Social Networks) and I’m a serial entrepreneur who has done 5 companies so far with a sixth (right here, baby!) underway. As such, I follow a lot of small business and entrepreneurship resources–I subscribe to nearly…

America: Built by the Little Guys, Not the Big Ones

Dec 22, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

I correspond with quite a lot with friends in the Manufacturing world, as one of my big interests aside from software is building things.  Come to think of it, that’s really my interest in software too!
For a long time there has been a great hue and cry about the demise of Manufacturing in the…

The Future of Robots in Manufacturing

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I just watched a couple of fascinating videos on where robots are going and how that relates to manufacturing. They’re by Artificial Intelligence expert Rodney Brooks, who was also the man behind the iRobot robot vacuum cleaners. The nearly hour long series from Maker Faire 2009 can be seen here, but the interesting segment showing…

Super Soaker Prototype

Dec 1, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Here’s the prototype for the Super Soaker:

Visit the Wired Magazine article for a bunch more cool prototypes……

The Web is All About Sharing

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

The Web is a Social Place. It’s all about Sharing your finds with others. While search engines like Google are great, and I use them constantly, often the real gems come via friends who tell me what they’ve found and liked. For a long time I’ve kept a CNCCookbook page on Delicious of all the…

Way to Get Social, Okuma and Sandvik!

May 18, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I just came across the Okuma Winner’s Blog, thanks to a thread on PM by the winner.
What’s going on here? Just some clever tried and true marketing tactics well applied to the Social Web.
Seems that Okuma gave away one of their machines for 2 years to a deserving (in their opinion) shop based…

Great Small Business Book: The Referral Engine

May 10, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I loved John Jantsch’s book, “The Referral Engine“.  Like the book jacket says, it’s about teaching your business to market itself.
It’s funny, but I expected the book to be about something else from the title.  I guess I had visions of multi-level marketing when I heard the word “referral”.   While the strategies and tactics…


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