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Machining Cost Estimation Survey

Oct 7, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We rely on getting by with a little help from our friends.  In fact, we work hard at making it as easy as possible for everyone who is interested to give us their input on what we’re doing.
This week you’re seeing a lot of content around Cost Estimation, and it’s for a reason.  Having…

Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing: New Cookbook Article

Oct 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve just added a new article to our Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook called, “Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing.”
It’s an introduction and overview of the fascinating world of generating cost estimates for manufacturing.  If you’re involved with or interested in that sort of thing at all, check it out.…

G-Wizard Previews Manufacturing Cost Estimation Software with CADCAM Estimator

Oct 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments

Cost Estimation is an important part of the any Machine Shop or Manufacturer’s routines.  The most important thing to get right with Machine Shop Cost Estimation Software is accuracy.  What better way to do that than to use the G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds engine to prepare the estimates?  Over 22,000 machinists have used G-Wizard Calculator…

Are You a CNC’er In Northern California? Drop By the Open House

Sep 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

If so, be sure to drop by the Santa Cruz Electronics Tormach Open House.
They are the Northern California Tormach Showroom Dealer, and the Open House should be fun.  They got some folks from Tormach visiting, I will be there, and they have both Tormach mills (with toolchangers and all sorts of other goodies).  Plus,…

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.
If…

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…

 

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