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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…

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),…

Worried About Global Warming? Then Buy American Made (Or European, Or Japanese)

Apr 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  14 Comments

I was reading Gilbert Kaplan’s article recently on anti-Manufacturing forces in Washington, and why we can’t seem to make much progress helping out the Manufacturing Sector here.  Gilbert is a former official in the US Department of Commerce, and he makes no bones about there being strong forces against Manufacturing in Washington.  He names 5…

G-Wizard Customer Fox Engineering Builds Custom Fuel Injection Systems for Hot Rodders

Apr 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment
Fuel Injected Big Block Chevy

I got a nice note from Josh Bentley recently, talking about how he used G-Wizard and his Industrial Hobbies CNC Mill to do some amazing fuel injection work for his company Fox Engineering. Here are some samples:

502 Cubic Inch Big Block Chevy in a Steel Deuce Hot Rod…

Cross Ram Fuel Injection Setup for…

CNC’ing the World’s Ultimate Pizza Cutter

Apr 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

I’ve recently written that there’s always a market for the very best of any product type and this story from Tormach’s blog is a great example.  Imagine what the world’s ultimate pizza cutter would be and you’ve got to come pretty close to Frankie Flood’s art:

I love the idea of the course he describes…

You Can’t Find Optimal Feeds and Speeds in Charts, Handbooks, or the Seat of Your Pants

Apr 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

I see a lot of interesting discussions about feeds and speeds out on the Internet.  There are people that think you can get good feeds and speeds just by reading manufacturer’s charts, by ear, from their CAM program, and through a whole host of other shortcuts.  Some say they’ve had enough experience as machinists that…

The Decline in US Manufacturing is More Recent Than You Think and May Be Turning Around

Apr 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Some important points to know about manufacturing in the US:
–  Manufacturing in the United States produces $1.8 trillion of value each year, or 12.2 percent of U.S. GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.  (The italics are mine, and…

Vanity Plates from LinkedIn

Feb 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I recently got a notice from LinkedIn stating that my profile was in the top 1% out of 200 million in terms of how many people had viewed it.  So, they sent me my vanity shot:

Nice letter, and I assume I have the CNCCookbook readership to thank for it.  I can’t imagine who else…

The 15 Best Web Sites for CNC Job Search

Feb 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Guest-Post  //  1 Comment

Times are tough, no doubt about it, and I wanted to do something to help others find work.  I get a lot of notes from folks who are using the G-Wizard Editor and our G-Code Tutorial to increase their CNC skills before setting out to find a new job, so that’s one way we try…

Tell MAKE Magazine What You Think About Offshoring!

Feb 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I can’t believe MAKE Magazine is focused on telling their Makers how to go offshore.  I’ve written about the problems of offshoring before.  Even big companies get it wrong and it makes no sense at all for small companies with so many fine innovative shops right here on our shores.  I’ve talked to many small…


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