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Fabulous Freebie: DXF plus G-Wizard Giveaway (Ends Aug 18)

Aug 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

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There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects. Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.
Many times, the hardest part of…

Easy Guitar Drawing for Custom Guitar Bodies, Part 1 [CNC / CAD Project]

Aug 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Need a guitar drawing so you can CNC a custom electric guitar body?
Me too!  Ever since I got in our new Shapeoko CNC Router Kit, I’ve been thinking about what projects I want to build with it.  Custom electric guitars are very high on the list.  And a little DIY CNC Router like this…

Have You Seen Our Ultimate Fly Cutter Page?

Aug 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
fly cutter guide

Clickspring’s holographic fly cutter finish…
Do you use a fly cutter in your CNC work?
Maybe you’re a pro who views fly cutters as a throwback to the days when there was no CNC and we were winning a war with Bridgeport milling machines.  There is an element of truth to that, but fly cutters…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Kit: Part 2 Assembly

Jul 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Here’s the second installment of the CNCCookbook CNC Kit build.  In the first installment (unpacking the CNC Router Kit), I introduced the project, discussed why I picked the Shapeoko over other kits, included some details about how to do a time-lapse video, and gave a time-lapse video of unboxing the Shapeoko XXL we are building.…

Adorable Guide to Robotic Bartenders, Cocktail Machines, and Bionic Bars

Jul 26, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Robotic Bartenders, Cocktail Machines, Bionic Bars, whatever you want to call them, I am fascinated by Barbots.  You know, completely automated machines that can mix cocktails for you.
I’m interested for two reasons.  First, I like to entertain, love gadgets, and I think a Barbot would be the hit of a party.  Most folks have…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Router Kit: Part 1 – Unboxing

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  7 Comments

Why a DIY CNC Router Kit?

I’ve wanted to do a video project series for a while and decided building a Shapeoko CNC Router Kit was the right one.  We needed to get an entry-level CNC in, it’ll be the precursor for more project videos done with the router, and I wanted to get a…

Guilloche, Rose Engines, Jeweling, & Engine Turning for Artistic Machining

Jul 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Classic engine turning by Eamonn Keogh…
Machining is often about mechanical precision and function, but not always.  There is a huge body of knowledge concerned with machining for artistic effect.  This article will sample some of the techniques involved.
Jeweling and Engine Turning
The beautiful patterns on the pieces in the image at the top…

Introducing Free DXF Files: Ready To Cut CNC Designs

Jun 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
free dxf files

There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects.  Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.  Sometimes we’re adding a design as a decorative element on top of…

How to Aftercool a Compressor to Remove Moisture [Easy Project]

Jun 20, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  4 Comments
compressor aftercooler

First, a little bit of the theory. If you haven’t already noticed, compressors accumulate a ton of moisture. It’s a good idea to have an electric automatic drain in the bottom of your tank. The moisture comes because the air coming out of the compressor is pretty hot–a couple of hundred degrees isn’t unusual. It…

Improve CNC Machine Performance With a Z-Axis Counterbalance

Apr 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments
hurco z-axis counterbalance

Have you ever considered a Z-Axis counterbalance for your CNC machine?
Most commercial VMC’s use one.  Here’s a Hurco VM1:

Twin roller changes connect the Hurco VM1’s Z-Axis counterbalance…
Or, here’s a schematic from the DIY Haas site showing how Haas uses an air-over-oil system as a counterbalance:

Air-over-oil hydraulic Z-axis counterbalance on a Haas…

Easy Multiple Spindle Options for G-Wizard

Mar 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
auxilliary high speed spindle

It’s fairly common to find machines that have multiple spindle options available.  I don’t mean that you can specify multiple, options, but that there are actual multiple options delivered with the machine.  A very simple example would be multiple pulley ratios.  More exotic would be sub-spindles, for example a high-speed auxiliary spindle or speeder on…

Shopmade Tool: Accurately Measure Bores With an Indi-Calipers

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments
shopmade dial bore gage

One of the most accurate ways to measure a bore is with a dial bore gage, but these can be really expensive and seldom used tools.  A nice Mitutoyo dial bore gage set is almost $400 as I write this.
I loved this gadget by gbritnell I saw on HMEM to adapt a DTI to…

CNC’d Ring Box for Your Engagement Ring

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments

I was trying to think of something cool to post around Valentine’s Day, but wasn’t coming up with anything.  And then I saw this product–the Monarch Ring Box.  It’s manufactured via CNC and anodized in a number of beautiful colors.
Wow!
What a neat idea as a way to present an engagement ring to your…

Help: How Can I Afford to Buy a CNC Machine?

Feb 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments

Dude, have you seen what these CNC machines cost?
CNC is one of my favorite things in the world, and it is amazing that an individual these days can actually have a full-blown CNC machine that’s more powerful than the machines used to put men on the moon right in their own garage.  Heck, they’re…

Build a Powerful Tramp Oil Skimmer for Your Coolant

Dec 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  7 Comments

Dang that coolant is stinky today!
Flood coolant is a fact of life for many CNC operations, even relatively small machines like the Tormach 1100 in my home shop.  Another fact of life is that if left to its own devices, coolant will accumulate impurities that can leave it very stinky–your nose literally doesn’t want…

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