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21 Ways to Maximize Your Odds At Lights Out Machining

May 31, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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…

IoT and the Biggest Challenges to Data Driven Manufacturing, Part 2

May 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Software  //  1 Comment

A glimpse of the Shop Floor of the Future…
The first part of this article discussed a Harvard Business Review piece by Willy Shih and Helmuth Ludwig that presented 4 challenges to the next stage of “efficient and responsive” production.  I won’t belabor those points further, having discussed them in the first installment.  What I…

IOT and the Biggest Challenges to Data-Driven Manufacturing, Part 1

May 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
IoT and Factory Automation

I read with interest Willy Shih’s (Professor of Management Practice at Harvard) and Helmuth Ludwig’s (EVP at Siemens PLM Software) article in the Harvard Business Review on the Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing.  In it, they discuss the idea that Data-Driven Manufacturing and the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors connected to the Internet (the so-called…

Want to Get More Done? Try the Pomodoro Technique

May 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
Get more done with ToDo Wizard

Photo courtesy of Entrepreneurship Life…
How I Get More Done
I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with productivity.  Like many of you, I always have more projects on my plate than I can possibly get done, but that doesn’t stop me from constantly biting off more than I can chew.  I equate success…

Truths and Lies About China and Manufacturing: A Rant

Apr 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  20 Comments

Warning:  This is a rant about the politics, truths, and lies of Manufacturing Jobs and it’s a long one!
I read a blog post this morning by Fred Wilson.  Wilson is a very successful, very wealthy venture capitalist in New York.  But he’s also wrong, or at the very least mis-informed when it comes to…

Learn How to Estimate Turning Jobs With G-Wizard Estimator

Apr 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Estimator is CNCCookbook’s estimating software for machine shops.  At the moment, it’s in Beta Test, so it’s free for anyone who can use G-Wizard Calculator.
I recently got a call from a customer who wanted to see a demo of how to estimate lathe parts.  I suggested he send me a print for one…

Customer Spotlight: Mandala Rose Works

Apr 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  3 Comments

Here’s a shot of the Mandala Rose Works Rose Engine and its accessories…
Wade Wendorf’s Mandala Rose Works is truly a unique company.  They make Rose Engines, which are fascinating machines used to create Guilloche’ designs through engraving.  The closest thing to one many have come in contact with is a spirograph.  I’ve written a…

Customer Spotlight: Northwest Iowa Community College

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  4 Comments

We have nearly 400 schools using our G-Wizard Software, and we offer an educational discount to students and teachers on all our products.  Our schools range from High Schools to Community Colleges to the best Universities in the land including Stanford, MIT, and Harvard.  Here at CNCCookbook, we’re big believers in Manufacturing-related careers and it…

Customer Spotlight: Steradian Tech (Laser Tag!)

Mar 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

Steradian Tech: Laser Tag for Everybody…
For this Customer Spotlight, I’m writing about Steradian Tech, who make Laser Tag Guns for everybody.  If you’ve never tried laser tag, it’s a real blast.  I haven’t done it in years, but I played quite a lot back in my college days.  I’m interviewing Tom Baker, who co-founded…

Quoting $20 Million Worth of Aerospace Work With G-Wizard

Mar 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

It’s always great to hear from our customers.  Here’s Jason Premo over on LinkedIn talking about using G-Wizard for Aerospace in response to our 9 Shocking Statistics article:

Jason has since moved on to other ventures, but be sure to check out Adex’s site–they’re doing some very cool work including 5-axis and hard metal machining…

Customer Spotlight: War Machines, LLC

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  18 Comments

Our latest Customer Spotlight story is about War Machine LLC.  I am excited to be talking to James Dressman about War Machine and their very special product. War Machine has created the ultimate Gas Block for AR-15’s.  If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing firearm parts, War Machine LLC is proof that it can be done…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

We’d Love to Help Your Small Business to Grow

Feb 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Guest-Post  //  4 Comments

We can help get the word out about your business!
As a serial entrepreneur, I love small businesses.  CNCCookbook is by far my favorite, and my plan is not to start any more businesses.  I have the luxury that CNC is now both my passion and my livelihood whereas all my other businesses have been…

CNCCookbook Product Roadmap for 2016, Plus 2015 Recap

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

What Are you Crazy CNCCookbook Dudes Planning Next?
It’s end of year and time to talk a bit about what we accomplished in 2015 with our CNC Software and where we’ll be going with it in 2016.
2015 Recap

It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook.  We…

Do You Know These 14 Ways to Be More Competitive Against Offshore Manufacturing?

Oct 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  1 Comment

The tide is starting to turn and we’re actually beginning to see some manufacturing being “reshored”–it’s coming back from having been “offshored.”  There are a number of disadvantages to offshoring that it has taken hard-won experience for many customers to realize.  Shouldn’t you be aware of where the sweet spot for offshoring is and make…

 

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