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Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Secrets of the Top Machine Shops: Detailed Analysis

Sep 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

One of the best ways to learn how to make your business more successful is to study the practices of other businesses, especially successful businesses.  Being aware of what other businesses do and comparing your business to them goes under a lot of names, but two you’ll hear often are Benchmarking and Best Practices.
MMSOnline’s…

Something Radical, New, and Valuable for Loyal CNCCookbook Readers

Aug 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products  //  1 Comment

CNCCookbook readers, we’re going to launch a new program for you this week.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time, and the opportunity has finally presented itself to make it a reality.  I don’t want to say too much about what it is (yes, I’m a tease!) in this article other than…

Guest Blogging Guidelines

Jul 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Guest-Post  //  No Comments

CNCCookbook loves to get pitches for guest posts on this site.  While we’ll always have a lot to say ourselves (hey quit chuckling out there in the audience!), we realize we’re not the only ones with something to contribute. We have a large and engaged audience of machinists from all walks who are interested in…

The MIT Technology Review Has It Wrong About Manufacturing iPhones In the US, And They Know It

Jun 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  6 Comments

There was a disappointingly fluffy article about the impossibility of manufacturing iPhones in the US written recently in the MIT Technology Review.  The article includes only the most minimal facts to support the author’s conclusion that you can’t make iPhones in America economically.  Commenters quickly point out that BMW makes every example of particular models…

What Do Food Trucks, CNC, and Makers Have in Common? Hint: Ask Anthony Bourdain

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Why should we be excited about Makers and Hobby CNC’ers?
I just saw this great quote from Anthony Bourdain on Food Trucks over on Scott Johnson’s blog, and it really hit home for me as a CNC’er and Small Business Entrepreneur:
“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs […]…

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…

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