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First Parts With Our New M3D Printer

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with our new M3D Printer, but I did manage to make my first couple of parts with it:

There’s a little bit of fuzz, but that’s pretty typical for 3D printers, especially at the low end…
Close-up of the soft jaw…
The parts are soft jaws…

5 Great CNC and 3D Printing Posts From Reddit

Jun 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I’ve been spending time over on Reddit lately.  It’s a great resource that uses the Wisdom of Crowds to curate content.  What I mean by that is they not only vote content up and down, but they’re very strict about posting.  Nothing too spammy or too troll-like is tolerated.  Having dealt with some online communities…

Ultimate Man Cave Decor: Furniture Grade Cabinet for a 3D Printer

Jun 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment

3D Printer in a Case?  Perfect decor for your Man Cave…
When I saw this 3D Printer cabinet posted by lsloth over on Reddit I just had to share it here.  Not only is it extremely cool, but it houses a Rostock 3D Printer just like the one CNCCookbook owns.  The Rostock has served us…

Check Out Our Massive New Guide to Vacuum Tables and Fixtures

Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…
We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done.  It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.
With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant…

DIY Plasma Tube Notcher

Jun 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

Suppose you had to build a bunch of space frame tube chassis like this one:

Making a bunch of space frames means notching a lot of tubes…
Making all those space frames means notching a lot of tubing.  Sounds like a little CNC-style automation is in order.  That resulted in this CNC-driven plasma cutter tube…

What Do Food Trucks, CNC, and Makers Have in Common? Hint: Ask Anthony Bourdain

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Why should we be excited about Makers and Hobby CNC’ers?
I just saw this great quote from Anthony Bourdain on Food Trucks over on Scott Johnson’s blog, and it really hit home for me as a CNC’er and Small Business Entrepreneur:
“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs […]…

Insanely Cool Greeting Cards for the Mechanically Inclined

May 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Mechanically inclined?  Why my dear fellow CNC’er–that’d be you, of course!

These little pint-sized kinetic sculptures are magnificently executed in paper and wood by Brad Litwin of Mechanicards.  I don’t know how he does it, but each is an inspiration.  You can subscribe and have them delivered to your doorstep, purchase the individual ones of…

Bootstrap Your DIY CNC Mill Conversion With a 3D Printer

May 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
3D Printed DIY CNC Motor Mount

One of the problems with getting started with a CNC Conversion is not having a CNC to help you make the parts.  You can find kits, which are very helpful.  You can try to manually machine the parts, which is entirely doable.  I did some of both for my first CNC project–an RF-45 mill conversion.  …

10 CNC Plasma Cutter Project Ideas

May 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects  //  2 Comments
Plasma Cut Fire Pit

So you’re thinking about CNC Plasma Cutters (also called Plasma Tables) and you’re wondering what you might make with one.  Here’s a bunch of ideas to get the juices flowing.
Yard Art

Turn an old saw into artwork…
Signs

Business sign…

House number with brushed and rusted finishes…

A sign for your teenage daughter’s bedroom……

Quick and Easy Waterproof LED Lighting For My Tormach CNC Lathe

May 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

I got tired of it being so dark in the enclosure of my Tormach CNC Lathe, so got talking about lighting with my friend John Bower, who is the local Tormach dealer in Northern California.  His store is called Santa Cruz Electronics, and he has all sorts of nifty electronic stuff on hand for projects…

CNC Project: Mini Pool Table

Apr 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  6 Comments

CNC yourself a mini pool table and shoot ball bearing pool balls with your pencil…
I promised to pass this project along in my recent article about Northwest Iowa Community College and their CNC program.
They came up with the mini pool tables as part of what they call a “Face to Face” program.  With…

The Lazy CNC’ers Way to Run a Bandsaw

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

So you’ve got a bandsaw, maybe one of those inexpensive Chinese made metal cutting bandsaws?  And you need to cut a whole bunch of material to size with it.  You could than there cutting each piece by hand.  Yes, with a stop and all you’ll save a little time, but geeze what a pain.  I’m…

What Machines Do CNC Hobbyists Own And What Do They Build With Them?

Apr 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects  //  No Comments

If you’re a CNC Hobbyist who owns their own CNC Machine, please take a few moments to answer our quick survey.  We want to find out and share with our readers what kinds of CNC Machines hobbyists own and what they’re doing with them.
>> Click to Take the CNC Hobby Machine Survey <<…

Jeff de Boer’s Crazy Steampunk Ray Guns

Mar 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

When you have access to CNC machines and the skill to use them, you can make darned near anything–even things that don’t really exist.  Art is the purest expression of this notion, and I have admired the Steampunk Ray Gun artwork of Jeff de Boer for a long time.
An article in MAKEzine first got…

Here’s a Quick Way to Engrave An Irregular Surface

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, GCode, Software  //  1 Comment

Engraving or machining on a flat surface is the norm–all CNC’ers figure out how to do it in short order.  But what if you want to engrave or machine on an irregular surface?  Let me show you what I’m talking about:

Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces is hard…
Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces…

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