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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…

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  //  13 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  //  5 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…

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