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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…

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…

19 Ways to Design Parts So They’re Easier to Manufacture

Jun 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Many of our readers own or work in CNC manufacturing businesses of all sizes and many would like to start such a business, perhaps something similar to this neat Kickstarter project for the latest precision machined Aluminum Sentinel Cache.  One thing all manufacturing has in common is the desire to keep the manufacturing cost as…

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…

15% Off Sale: Help Us Grow to 20,000 Users

May 6, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  2 Comments

Okay, I just got done going over our database and we just crossed 19,000 folks who have used our software.  Amazing!
Thank you for all your support.  But, this just makes we want to see how fast we can get over 20,000.   Nothing I’ve ever tried gets the juices flowing like a sale, and it’s…

Introduction to CNC Machining Productivity

May 6, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded a new installment on our CNC Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook.  This is an introduction and overview on how to think about CNC Machine Shop Productivity by analyzing the overall Workflow in the shop.  It’s based on our CNC Manufacturing Workflow (as is the rest of the Cookbook):

One of the key things…

Introducing Our CNC Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook

May 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Something I hear constantly from CNCCookbook visitors is some sort of exclamation about how much information can be found here.  There truly is a tremendous amount of information–literally a couple thousand pages of it.  Some of it is in the Blog area, where it can be accessed chronologically (not especially helpful except to stay current),…

 

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