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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…
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.
It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook. We…
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…
I love learning about the Best Practices of most any industry because I want to know what put the Top Dogs at the Top?
There’s an audience that wants to believe they just got lucky and that they’re no better than anyone else, and there are elements of truth to that–to be really successful does…
We try to do as much as we can to help customers and simplify our software. CNC is already too complex, and we try to make it simpler. That’s hard to do if we can’t constantly be making our software simpler and more usable. So, there’s a set of basic technologies and operational policies we’ve…
Marketers will make all kinds of noise about how good their products are. I know we do, for sure, LOL. But, when you’re shopping for something, it’s helpful to make an end run around the hype. There are a lot of ways to do this. One thing I like to do is make my own…
Every now and again, any business will encounter an abusive customer. Sometimes, that customer had a real problem, they were just overly abusive in their quest to get a solution. Other times, the customer had no legitimate problem, they were either abusive because that’s how they interact, or because they want to be unreasonable to…
It’s been said more than once that great fixtures are the secret to profitability for machine shops. But that’s not always true. There’s the shops that leave a couple of vises permanently mounted to the table, set their work offsets to the corner of a fixed jaw, and swear by that. Not much of a…
G-Wizard Estimator v0.1 has been released into the wild!
We’ve finally done what we’ve talked about for a long time–we have taken the cost estimation functionality that had been in our G-Wizard Calculator and created a stand alone product we call G-Wizard Estimator. GW Estimator will be focused entirely on Cost Estimation and Quoting for…
What are the right areas for improvement in your Shop?
Basic Blocking and Tackling–it’s the stuff we do every day, day in and day out, to get the job done. It’s not as sexy as the silver bullet instant fixes, but it pays the bills. There are a bunch of basics every Shop has to…
ProtoLabs bills itself as the “Fastest Provider of CNC Machined and Injection Molded Parts.” They were founded in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful computer entrepreneur who was dissatisfied with how hard it was to get injection molded parts made quickly for his computer company. Lukis decided there had to be a better way and…
I get asked this question all the time by Hobbyists:
How do I know CNCCookbook’s software is right for me? It looks like it is more for Professionals.
The Pros ask a little different questions aimed at whether it is suitable for the particular kind of work their shop does. Clearly, each one is thinking…
I love hearing all the fun stuff our customers do. Stickvise is a neat product created and sold by Alex Rich, a long-time CNCCookbook reader and G-Wizard Calculator user. I’ll let Alex tell the Stickvise story in his own words:
I am a long time customer of yours, I work at a company called BriarTek…