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What Blocking and Tackling Improvements Should Your Shop Focus On?

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

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…

Rapid Prototyping With ProtoLabs

Jun 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  5 Comments

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…

The Secret of Choosing CNC Software for Pros vs Hobbyists and Beginners

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

Clever Stickvise from a CNCCookbook Customer

Jun 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Products  //  2 Comments

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…

What’s the Value of All Those Options Your Machine Dealer Wants to Sell You?

May 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Trying Something New: Tax the Robots, Not the People!

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  13 Comments

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…

How to Buy a Haas

May 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

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…

14 Cloud Software Myths Debunked for Manufacturing Software

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  24 Comments

Introduction
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…

Marketing for Your Job Shop or CNC Manufacturing Business the CNCCookbook Way

Mar 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  5 Comments

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…

Cellular Manufacturing: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 10

Feb 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Do you have hourly billing rate figures for all of your CNC Machines?  It’s handy to know what you need to be able to bill out a machine at to pay for the cost of having it sitting on your Shop Floor.  G-Wizard Estimator includes a super simple Machine Hourly Rate Calculator that makes it…

Try our CNC Question Exchange

Dec 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Techniques  //  1 Comment

We’re launching a new experimental service called the “CNC Question Exchange” here at the end of 2014.  It’s a Question and Answer site designed to allow CNCCookbook readers to ask and get answers to their questions about CNC, Machining, and our Software.
I’ve been wanting to do a Q&A offering for some time.  I’ve had…

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments

The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M.  Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.  Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…

20 Most Popular Articles and Blog Posts for Pro CNC’ers

Nov 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Here at CNCCookbook, we get visitors from all ends of the CNC spectrum–about 2.5 million of them a year.  In all probability, we are the most popular pure CNC blog there is.  I try to keep a balance on the content to keep the ends of that spectrum of visitors happy.  That means we need…

Mix One CNC Lathe And a Brilliant Product Idea. Result: Kickstarter Success

Nov 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  5 Comments

Came across this neat project on Kickstarter in an email from the iBox 3D Printer people (who 3D printed one of these little tops):

Manufacturing the Foreverspin Top on a CNC Lathe

Optional Forever Base…
The best ideas are often the simplest.  They’re easily grasped and can resonate with a large audience.  By CNC’ing a…

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