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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…
Industrial CNC Machines are complex beasts. Part of that complexity is inherent, and part of it comes from the myriad of features available for the machine. This article is all about a dollars and cents approach to figuring out what those extra options are worth to you. The idea is to come up with a…
Something of an odd title, no? Here we are, immersed in Robots in the form of CNC. Why would that audience ever want to see a tax on the Robots?
Largely because it’s not what it seems. Here’s the background:
I recently read an article about the coming of driverless vehicles that spent considerable time…
If you think you’ll be buying a new CNC machine tool for the first time that’s “full pro quality”, you need to check out this article from Carbide3D. It details their experience purchasing a Haas VF-2SS to help with manufacturing some of the products they sell such as their Nomad and Shape Oko 3 CNC…
There have been people worrying about and bashing the Cloud since the very beginnings of the Cloud. Despite that, Cloud has been with us for a very long time, and it’s done nothing but get inexorably bigger. It has gotten into more application categories than ever, and every one it gets into, it’s market…
People I talk to are often curious about CNCCookbook as a business. They want to know how big it is and how it got to be that big. While our financial performance is private, suffice to say it is very successful. What I will share is some data about our marketing and how we built…
This is Part 10 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Cellular Manufacturing is a particular model for workplace design that is an important part of Lean Manufacturing.
Many times, shops are organized around particular tasks–all the milling machines are in a department or area, all the lathes are in a department or area, all…