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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…

What Do the Top Shops Do Differently From Most Other Shops?

Sep 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  7 Comments

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…

What Everybody Ought to Know About CNCCookbook’s Upgrade, Internet, and Subscription Policies

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

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…

A Simple Trick to Find the Most Popular Vendor for Anything Sold on the Internet

Aug 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

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…

I Failed And Had to Fire Another Customer

Aug 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  9 Comments

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…

Here’s a Quick Way to Figure Out Whether to Build a Fixture

Jul 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments

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…

Say Hello to G-Wizard Estimator: Feature Based Cost Estimation

Jul 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

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