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50 Interview Question Ideas for CNC Jobs

Jul 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I have always told managers that the one decision that is the most important one they will ever make is hiring.  No other decision has the potential to cause so much pain if done poorly, or to make the manager’s job and the underlying business more successful if done well.  Yet many hiring managers go…

CNC’ing the Ultimate Arduino Case: A G-Wizard Customer’s Project

Jul 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products  //  No Comments

No matter what you’re building that involves using our G-Wizard Software (Calculator or Editor) to make it better, we love to hear from you.  This week’s customer story is about Ridgeline Enterprises, which is making what may be the ultimate case for the popular Arduino single board computers.  They’re offering the Arduino cases for what…

What Do CNCCookbook Readers Do In CNC Machining?

Jul 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

As part of our recent article, Where do CNCCookbook Readers Come From, we ran a little survey to see what role they play in CNC Machining.  Folks were allowed to check as many answers as they wanted, so be aware that there is overlap–a person may play more than one role.  For example they might…

Keeping Your Email Inbox Clear and How Customer Service Works at CNCCookbook

Jul 14, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

Here at CNCCookbook, we offer a number of ways to get in touch.  Some are faster or slower based on how I prioritize the inputs.  Some are more guaranteed than others to get a result.  Just for the record, let me quickly walk through these mechanisms, and then I want to focus on Email.  So,…

Where Do CNCCookbook Readers Come From?

Jul 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I frequently get questions about who is reading CNCCookbook and especially about who is participating in our surveys.  I thought I’d share some information on our readership.  This is all based on the last 12 months of data for visitors to our website as reported by Google Analytics.
What Part of the World Are Readers…

Should You Choose a Horizontal or Vertical Machining Center?

Jul 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  3 Comments

VMC vs HMC axes…
I hear this question a lot:  why would I choose a Horizontal Machining Center?  Or, when is an HMC better than a VMC, I hardly ever see HMC’s?
Like so many things, the answer to these questions is complex.  Let’s start by taking a look at how each one is laid…

Announcing Our July 4th Firecracker Super Sale!

Jun 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Summertime, and the livin’ is easyFish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
I love that old song, the summer, and especially the Fourth of July.  It’s a great holiday to be with family, BBQ, and do whatever else is your custom.  It’s been a while since our last sale, so I wanted to run…

Desktop CNC Trends: From Cobbled Together to 3D Printers

Jun 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

The pace of innovation for Desktop CNC has really been flying.  First, 3D Printers rode the massive wave of hype and innovation.  Expect to see the same with Desktop CNC Routers before too long, and that evolution is what we’re here to talk about today.
Let’s start by defining the term “Desktop CNC Router” also…

What If Kids Had 3D Printer Stands Instead of Lemonade Stands?

May 22, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing  //  5 Comments

I must say, CNCCookbook’s new Rostock 3D Printer has attracted more attention from non-CNC friends across all age groups than any other thing CNCCookbook has done.  Part of it is that there’s been an awful lot of hype around 3D Printing, but part of it is I show them an iPhone case made with the…

Tactia: Not Quite Full CNC But Much More than Hand Tools

May 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

Remember those MIT students that had the crazy handheld “CNC” router?  That was one of the all-time popular articles for CNCCookbook back in the day.  Well, it seems they’ve started a company they call Tactia to build these routers and a lot more.  It’s not quite full CNC, but much more than ordinary hand tools.  …

Just a Few Days Left on Our April 2014 Sale

Apr 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Just a few days left to run on our April 2014 Sale.  It gives you 15% off any purchase over $100 by entering coupon code “GUITAR WELDER” in the shopping cart.  Go ahead, check out the details.  The pug did and clearly found some eye popping deals.  Yes I know it’s a cheap marketing trick…

Announcing Our April CNCCookbook Sale Because of Welding, Jelly Beans, Guitars and More

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

I’m announcing our April 2014 CNCCookbook Sale because, um, because…
Well, the truth is, I tried to find a nearby holiday or special occasion to hang this sale on, but the pickings are a bit slim in April.  Every other month has plenty to go on.  There is a National Jelly Bean day in April,…

Results of the CNCCookbook Tool Data Management Survey

Apr 14, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Last week we did a survey on how everyone is doing their Tool Data Management.  Lots of response to the survey, so it’s time to summarize the results.  The idea here was to understand specifically how people deal with tool length (and to a lesser extent tool width) data as well as syncing up data…

Announcing Our New Partner: FASTech

Apr 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

I’m pleased to announce that FASTech, one of the Top 10 Mastercam dealers, is now offering G-Wizard Calculator to customers to help them with their Feeds and Speeds.  These folks are a wonderful resource to the Mastercam community and are responsible for the eMastercam online community for Mastercam users.  Their territory is Ohio and Eastern…

10 Strategies for Managing the Feast or Famine Job Shop

Mar 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Many, if not most job shops experience the “feast or famine” nature of the business.  They’ll be so busy for some weeks they can barely stand it.  Then suddenly they’ll be idle for a few weeks and wondering how to pay the staff.  It’s tough to run a business like that, and to a certain…

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