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CNC Business Idea: Personalized 3D Products

Sep 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

Ever come across a really neat custom bumper hitch?  Does your truck have a custom bumper hitch?
Many of those launched someone’s CNC business.  Fire up the milling machine and pretty soon you have a custom hitch cover that sends a very personalized message.  Mine is the familiar red with white stripe “Divers Below” flag.…

Last Few Days Left For Our 2013 Labor Day Sale

Sep 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

Labor Day has passed and there’s only a few days left for our 2013 Labor Day Sale–it ends Sunday, September 8.  Just 2 business days after today plus the weekend.
There are lots of great deals available as most products are at least 15% off.  Here are some of our most popular deals:
–  Lifetime…

Will the Jobs Ever Come Back?

Sep 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

It’s Labor Day, and I find myself reading various blog posts on jobs and musing about the future of jobs in America.  Many of the articles I read are quite grim.  This is the day we’re supposed to celebrate labor and their accomplishments, but so many are out of work I think it’s important to…

Launching Our 2013 Labor Day Sale Today

Aug 28, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Just wanted to let you know: we’re launching our Labor Day Sale today, and it runs through Sunday, September 8.  We reduced prices on most of our products by 15% as our way of honoring labor.  Click through the order button to see your savings in the Shopping Cart.
Taking advantage of our sale is…

Get Kids Into Manufacturing With Guitar Building Camp

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments

I love this idea.  As a musician (keyboard player) all all-around music lover, I understand the power of music.  There’s not much that’s more powerful when it comes to influencing positive change because it reaches out and grabs you at an intuitive level.
In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program…

In the Trend to Devalue Workers, Recognize Your Inestimable Value and Get To Work

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I have a blog for entrepreneurs and business owners called Smoothspan Blog.  It’s popular among folks like Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs.  I just put forward an article that’s relevant to any audience about the trend to devalue workers.  In it, I offer some advice about how to make lemonade from the lemons life hands you.

Lights Out Machining: New Article in Our CNC Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook

Aug 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Our recent analysis of Top Shops found that one of the things that makes Top Shops more productive and profitable than others is that they are 39% more likely to do Lights Out Machining.  This was the biggest difference in Machining Strategies versus other shops, with the second biggest being the use of 5-Axis machining…

What Do The Top Shops Do That Makes Them Special?

Jul 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

MMSOnline does a feature every year where they survey a bunch of machine shops for Best Practices and then declare the leaders to be “Top Shops.”  There’s a lot to be learned from their data, but I find the voluminous tables of response statistics to be a painfully slow way to consume the information.  Invariably…

5 Steps to Evaluating VMC Performance With G-Wizard

Jul 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

So you’ve decided to acquire a new VMC for your shop, either as an upgrade to an existing machine, as a replacement, or perhaps this will be your shop’s first VMC.  Congratulations, and my condolences.  Condolences because you’re facing a bewildering array of data that you’ll have to wade through to make the best decision…

Fourth of July Firecracker CNC Software Sale

Jul 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

I remember the Fourth of July fondly in from my childhood.  We used to shoot off all sorts of fireworks, including the old Black Cat fire crackers.  In honor of this special patriotic holiday, CNCCookbook would like to announce our very own Fourth of July “Firecracker” CNC Software Sale.
Just enter coupon code “BLACKCAT” in…

Missing Google Reader? Try Feedly for RSS

Jun 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

As many of you know, RSS is an extremely convenient way to follow blogs.  According to our site analytics, CNCCookbook has nearly 20,000 of you who have tuned in to our blog via an RSS reader of one kind or another.  That’s a lot!
Personally, I’m addicted to blogs–there’s just too much great information out…

American’s Next Big Boom: Manufacturing

Jun 26, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  4 Comments

Let’s admit it:  between the dot com bubble and the housing bubble, our Booms in this country have been long on bubble and short on substance.  They have tended to destroy wealth and jobs for the 99% and maximize it for the 1%.  In short, they’ve been pretty atypical, and pretty Un-American in terms of…

Big News: Stratasys Acquires Makerbot

Jun 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Big news today as Stratasys, one of the leading players at the high end of 3D printing, announced it has acquired Makerbot, one of the leaders in Desktop 3D Printing for $403 million in stock.  Since its founding in 2009, Makerbot has sold 22,000 3D printers, 11,000 of those in the last 9 months.  That…

Carbon Fiber Ghost Watch

Jun 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

Okay, I admit it.  I am a sucker for all cool things manufactured via CNC and using cool materials like Titanium or Carbon Fiber.  Couldn’t pass up this wild carbon fiber wrist watch:

I’ve written not too long ago about molding parts from carbon fiber, specifically wingtips for a fighter plane turned air-racer.  If you…

MeshCam is Here By Itself

May 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

Not that it has to be by itself, mind you–MeshCam is the Belle of the Easy-To-Use CAM Ball.  It’s just that I’ve gotten so many notes from people as our sale is ending asking to buy it separately rather than in conjunction with one of the G-Wizards that I finally felt compelled to add it…


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