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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…

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

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…



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