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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…

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 President’s Day Sale

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

2014 has gotten itself well underway, so it’s time for our first sale of the year.  We’re offering 15% off featured products using the “GEORGEWASHINGTON” coupon code in the shopping cart.  After all, President’s Day is also George Washington’s birthday, so it only seems fair to honor our country’s first president on President’s Day.  Here…

Why I Love CNCCookbook: A Chance to Make a Difference

Jan 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

One of our users posted a note in our User Club today that made me feel good.  Here’s what he had to say:
I just got my yearly review at work, 4.28 % raise! Hey Bob, 6 months ago I knew nothing about milling. I couldn`t even spell VFM. I spent 14 hours training on…

One Essential Ingredient for Increasing Machine Shop Profits

Jan 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Here’s one thing for certain: if you can’t properly bid on jobs it’s going to be hard to manage your profitability.  If your quotes are too low, at the very least you’re not making as much profit as you could and at the worst you could be losing money on your bid.  If your quotes…

Software to Start a New Business

Nov 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I wanted to pass along a link to an article I just posted on my Business Strategy Blog:  Smoothspan.  It’s all about the kinds of Cloud Services that can really help small businesses get going, and it goes through a lot of the services that CNCCookbook uses.
Smoothspan chronicles what I’ve learned about starting companies…

Start a CNC Business Around What You Love

Nov 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  13 Comments

One of things I try to do on this blog is pass along some entrepreneurial insights.  CNCCookbook is the fourth company I’ve started from scratch and the 7th startup I’ve been a part of.  I love being a small business owner and I want everyone who wants to do the same to get as much…

20 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles and Pages of the Last 6 Months

Every so often I like to tally up our most popular articles so the newcomers don’t miss them.  Here it is, the Magnum Opus, get ready to feast:
1.  CNCCookbook G-Code Course
Our free g-code course is perennially popular and has become a go-to resource for the community.  If you don’t know the g-code yet,…

Results From Our Cost Estimation Survey

Oct 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

First, thanks to all who participated in our Cost Estimation Survey–we appreciate the help!
If you didn’t get a chance to comment, it’s not too late.  We’ll be using the feedback to help guide the ongoing development of our new CADCAM Estimator product.  Currently the product is in Alpha Test and is part of G-Wizard…

 

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