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14 Great Ideas for 4th Axis Fixtures to Save Time

Dec 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Fourth Axis Fixture

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…

5 Ideas for Schools With Limited CNC Resources to Maximize CNC Training

Nov 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Cheap CNC Machine

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…

64 Fun Non-Tactical EDC CNC Gifts You Could Make This Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

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…

32 Outdoor Gift Ideas CNCers and Welders Can Make

Nov 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
Oversized Chess Set

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…

How the Pros Finish AR-15 Lower Receivers for Profit

Nov 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments
AR-15 Lower Receiver CAD Fusion360

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,…

Amazingly Simple Automatic Part Engraver from a Tormach 440

Nov 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
VMC Auto Part Loader

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…

The Ultimate Guide to Hot Rodding Tormach CNC Machines: Get Stoked

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

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…

18 CNC Jewelry Gift Ideas to Delight the Non-CNCer In Your Life

Oct 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  5 Comments
CNC Lost Wax Casting

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…

26 Killer Ideas to [Organize] Your Workshop Now

Oct 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  6 Comments
Shelving with steps

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.
We’ve…

CNC Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Oct 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
CNC Tool Setter Market Share

A CNC Toolsetter in action…
This is the second set of results from our 2016 CNC Probe and Toolsetter Survey.  In Part 1, we focused on CNC Probes.  In this article, we’ll be focused on CNC Toolsetters.
What is a CNC Toolsetter?
A toolsetter is a device similar to the one pictured above that sits…

CNC Probes and Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Sep 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
CNC Probe Usage

We had a couple hundred participate in our 2016 Probe and Toolsetter survey, which is great–it shows there is quite a lot of interest in the topic .  Let’s go over the results!
Do you use a CNC Probe?

77% of survey respondents use probes while about 23% do not.  I am suspicious the results…

Rough Cutting: The Limiting Factor in Your Shop?

Aug 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual  //  7 Comments

If you ask most home shop and DIY machinists what the limiting factor is in their shop, I suspect they’d respond that they need a bigger mill or lathe, or they need their first mill or lathe, or they need more room, or something along those lines.  Years ago, when I was starting out as…

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  //  2 Comments

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…

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