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Customer Spotlight: War Machines, LLC

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  18 Comments

Our latest Customer Spotlight story is about War Machine LLC.  I am excited to be talking to James Dressman about War Machine and their very special product. War Machine has created the ultimate Gas Block for AR-15’s.  If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing firearm parts, War Machine LLC is proof that it can be done…

What If Michelangelo Had CNC?

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  2 Comments

The famous sculptor Michelangelo reportedly wrote in a letter:
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
What a wonderful way to express his art.  I don’t know for sure what Michelangelo would’ve thought of CNC, but watching it in action is often like seeing something set free.  Here…

5 CNC Projects For Your Extra Day This Year

Feb 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  2 Comments

It’s Feb 29, what will you do with your extra day?
Today we get an extra day added to our lives–it’s February 29 due to the Leap Year.  What will you do with your extra day?
Given a bonus day, I think it’s appropriate to think of a new project to get started on.  Here…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

AR-15 Mini-Lower Tactical Bottle Openers

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  1 Comment

What is it about making something familiar in a very small scale that makes it so cool?
I don’t know, but these AR-15 mini lowers made by Kent Durree and buddies are just that size-is-everything factor:

These mini-lowers are 80% complete “paper weights”…

Compared to the full-sized article you can see how small they are……

Neat CNC Chess Set

Feb 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  2 Comments

I recently saw this chess set by Kelly Fasnacht posted over on the LinkedIn CNC Programming group and thought it wa really neat.  What I like best about it is all the pieces can be made on a lathe.  The Knight is usually a sticking point that has to be done on a mill, but…

Tormach 440 Spotted in the Wild

Feb 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

I was just over at Santa Cruz Electronics, our local Tormach dealer in Northern California, when I happened to spy a happy little CNC mill in their back room.  Seems they’d just taken delivery on one of the new Tormach 440’s.  I have to say, it is just the cutest little CNC mill ever, and…

CNC, Ghost Guns, and Why the Genie Can’t Be Put Back Into the Bottle

Feb 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router  //  4 Comments

An acquaintance of mine recently got in touch.  Our conversation went something like this:
Acquaintance:  “Bob, you’re involved with CNC, aren’t you?”
Bob:  “Yes, I run a business that offers Software and Information to CNC’ers.  How can I help?”
Acquaintance:  “Oh good.  I broke a cutter on my CNC and I’m wondering if you know…

What’s An Entry Level CNC Machine Capable Of?

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router  //  4 Comments

I’m fond of saying there’s not much you can’t make with a CNC machine, but I’ve got access to some pretty nice hardware.  People want to know what it all costs and what can someone just getting started do.  The answer is not much different.  If you’re patient and can work around the limitations of…

Chuck Norris Has Got Nothing On You: Because You’re A CNC’er

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment

You’ve heard what they say about Chuck Norris?  Guns carry him for protection.
Listen: Chuck’s got nothing on you, because you’re a CNC’er.
You’ve got CNC Machines, welders, air tools, belt sanders, grinders, and every other imaginable tool in your arsenal.  You can make almost anything in your shop.  Man Cave?  Forget about it.  You…

The 24 All-Time Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles

12 Days of Christmas?  Yes, and here are 12 each of the all-time most popular Cookbook articles and Blog Posts.
What’s the difference between a Cookbook Article and a Blog Post?  Typically the Cookbook articles are longer, more in-depth, and often are part of an extended series.  Blog Posts can be just as useful and…

Gorgeous W-18 Engine from Modeles Patelo

Nov 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

What if watchmakers made small model engines instead of watches?  The end result would have to be very much like the miniature engines made by Spanish machinist José Manuel Hermo Barreiro.  There are multiple designs–V-12, W-32, and this W-18–and each one is a work of art.  They’re all powered by compressed air, and so are…

The Sort of Thing Grandpas and Fine Old Gentlemen Are Made Of

Sep 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  1 Comment

I loved this great story about Alvin Bogie, a 92 year old retired farmer taking his three great grandsons on a homemade train he made years ago:

 
The “engine” is a 1919 Titan tractor pulling a train of homemade cars by Mr. Bogie. It has a one cylinder hit & miss engine. I hope…

Chris Bathgate: Amazing CNC Sculpture Art on a Small CNC Machine

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

For everyone who thinks CNC is not art, and for everyone who thinks small CNC machines can’t turn out work of the highest quality, I give you Chris Bathgate and his amazing sculptures.  His work is spectacular:

The detail and finish is exquisite.  The designs are otherworldly–it would not be hard to believe they’re UFO…

Quickie Vise Pallets for Small Parts

Sep 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments

The secret sauce for a lot of very clever machine work is in the fixturing and workholding, so I always pay attention when people are posting pictures of their fixtures (he’s a poet and just don’t know it, yeah right!). Here is a nice simple little fixture from Travis on CNCZone:

It’s kind of like…

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