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The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

How to Survive Your First CNC Router Fire

Nov 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  15 Comments

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…

Intro Feeds and Speeds for Mills and CNC Routers: More G-Wizard University Videos

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

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,…

Help Your Tooling Survive Deep Slot Router Jobs

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

Neat CNC Router-Made Standing Desk Requires No Fasteners

Aug 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  12 Comments

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…

Top Blog Posts and CNC Machining Articles for First Half of 2014

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Desktop CNC Trends: From Cobbled Together to 3D Printers

Jun 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

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…

Carbide 3D’s Nomad: Dawn of Vertical Integration for Desktop CNC

Apr 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  18 Comments

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…

CNC Router Feeds and Speeds from Manufacturer’s Recommendations

Feb 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds  //  3 Comments

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…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill: Part 2 – CNC Mechanicals

Jan 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

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…

20 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles and Pages of the Last 6 Months

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,…

Get Kids Into Manufacturing With Guitar Building Camp

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments

I love this idea.  As a musician (keyboard player) all all-around music lover, I understand the power of music.  There’s not much that’s more powerful when it comes to influencing positive change because it reaches out and grabs you at an intuitive level.
In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program…

Need a Toolchanger-Ready Spindle for Your Next CNC Project?

Jun 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products  //  18 Comments
ISO 15 Spindle Cartridge

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.
air blowout.
small footprint.
BT15 or ISO15

The reason I feel…

Video: CNC Router as Pick and Place Machine

Jun 10, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

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…

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