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A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software. But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point. Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty. When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…
Take some sawdust and add heat. My brother likes to use a 9V battery touching steel wool to make it red hot. Poof! It bursts into flames pretty easily and you’re on your way to feeding your little fire larger and larger pieces of combustible material until you have a campfire happily burning. If you’ve…
I just uploaded two new G-Wizard University Videos. G-Wizard University is a series of short 10-15 minute training videos that specialize in different aspects of using the G-Wizard Calculator and Editor software. Videos are a fast way to learn for most people and these bit-sized videos make it easier to find one specific to what…
I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company. We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…
I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life. He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible. He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…
Before there was metal, there was wood, at least in my shop. I didn’t get into CNC at that point in my life, many years ago, but I was way into custom cabinetry. I always admired the Japanese designs that required no fasteners–everything was held together through a cunning combination of tension and pegs. Someday…
We’re close to the half way point on the year and as always, I like to pass along which blog posts and articles (articles being those pages outside the CNCCookbook blog proper) have been the most popular. We have several thousand CNC articles on the site, and there are a lot of undiscovered treasures. Hopefully…
The pace of innovation for Desktop CNC has really been flying. First, 3D Printers rode the massive wave of hype and innovation. Expect to see the same with Desktop CNC Routers before too long, and that evolution is what we’re here to talk about today.
Let’s start by defining the term “Desktop CNC Router” also…
Many believe that Apple’s incredible success is due to its Vertical Integration Strategy. The idea behind Vertical Integration is that by owning more of parts needed to create a complete solution its possible to make a much better solution. Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many of the critical productivity apps in its…
We have quite a large audience of CNC Router users here on CNCCookbook. Their needs are quite a bit different than the average metalworker’s needs for machining feeds and speeds due to their chosen materials (mostly soft materials like wood, foam board, and plastics) as well as differences in their tooling (special cutters including downcut…
Here is Part 2 of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill design series. Part 1 was about selecting the Donor Mill. Part 2 will be concerned with selecting your CNC mechanical components, specifically the leadscrews, ballnuts, motor mounts, and drive system. We will look into motors, motor sizing, drives, and the ever popular steppers versus…
Every so often I like to tally up our most popular articles so the newcomers don’t miss them. Here it is, the Magnum Opus, get ready to feast:
1. CNCCookbook G-Code Course
Our free g-code course is perennially popular and has become a go-to resource for the community. If you don’t know the g-code yet,…
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In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program…
If you need a toolchanger-ready spindle for your next CNC project, check out Dale Walsh’s Kickstarter project:
They’ve got some great specs:
15K RPM (40K RPM with ceramic bearings).
Air or liquid cooling as required (easy to implement with the cartridge).
coolant through spindle.
BT15 or ISO15
The reason I feel…
I wanted to call out Lindsay Wilson’s neat video of his CNC Router acting as a pick and place machine in its own post:
He mentioned it in a comment on our 2nd article on using CNC Machines as general purpose motion platforms. Pick and place is commonly used to position components on circuit boards…