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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…

What Every Job Shop Ought to Know About Reducing Inventory Levels

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Why should Job Shops and other Manufacturers work so hard to reduce inventory?
One of the central tenets of Lean Manufacturing is that if you reduce inventory, including Work In Progress inventory, you’ll reap savings that make for a much more profitable business.  But what are those savings and how much more profitable can a…

Why Do Shops Use Multiple Shifts?

Nov 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Why do shops use multiple shifts?
It’s all about the economics.  The thing to keep an eye on that drives these economics is plant and equipment utilization.
Let’s say you’re running a shop every day of every week, and you run it with 3 shifts so things are going 24 hours a day.  Phew!
That’s…

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Secrets of How to Use Customers to Validate Your Business Ideas

Oct 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Whether you’re trying to put together a Kickstarter project, launch a new product another way, or start a new business, it’s important to find some way of validating your idea before you get too much invested in it.  I’ve written an article over on my business strategy blog, Smoothspan, that talks about how to do…

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