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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…
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…
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…
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.
What a neat idea as a way to present an engagement ring to your…
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…
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…
Our recent article that showed the math behind using 4th axis to increase your work area was very popular, so I thought I’d follow up with a bunch of pictures of fourth axis fixtures. Hopefully these will give you some ideas you can use!
A quick way to access a lot of small parts with…
At CNCCookbook, we have a LOT of educational customers, and we give them a nice educational discount on our software.
I got a note from a school wanting to know how they can maximize their CNC Training the other day. The problem is that they have 1 CNC Mill and 1 CNC Lathe (plus 6…
Spinning Pocket Lint Fidgeters of Doom!
That’s sort of what this latest installment in my CNC gift idea series is about. We started out with jewelry, moved to outdoor gifts, and for something really unusual. The non-tactical EDC-thing is a nod to the idea that these are Everyday Carry Items, they just don’t have much…
Hey! What kinda CNC Gifts are you making this year?
I recently did an article on 18 CNC Jewelry Gift Ideas to Delight the Non-CNCer in Your Life that was well-received. It’s the right time of year to be contemplating CNC Gift Projects, and they’re typically aimed at the Non-CNCers in your life. In this…
AR-15 Lower Receiver in Fusion360…
We have a lot of readers who are interested in firearms, and I’m a shooter myself, so I thought I’d pass along this fascinating video about how a pro shop goes from a forged 80% lower to a finished AR-15 Lower Receiver:
This video was done by Palmetto State Defense,…
I love automation–there’s just something about watching a robot making parts you’re going to sell. A machinist friend of mine (Hi Peter T.!) refers to his bank of older Hardinge CNC Lathes as his money printing presses. They sit there with their bar pullers grinding out parts for him to sell all day long and…
Tormach has built a wonderful business in the hobby and low-end CNC machine world. Their machines are not the highest performance, but they’re bulletproof, economical, and easy to work on. Tormach even says that while they don’t recommend it, their machines survive crashes handily, making them ideal for education, makerspaces, and beginners. I’ve seen many…
Look, it’s time. Your friends all want to know what you’re going to make with that fancy CNC gear you’ve been tinkering with for months. They’re not going to be satisfied if you simply tell them (as I often have), “I’m making more tools.” It’s getting harder and harder to get new CNC-related purchases past…
If your shop is like mine, you’ve managed to fill it with so much stuff (your treasures) that it’s a mess. You’d like to up your organization, but this isn’t just a matter of adding a couple of shelves here and there. You need more powerful organization ideas if there’s to be any hope.