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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  //  6 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  //  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…

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