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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…

What If Dyson Made CNC Routers Instead of Vacuum Cleaners?

May 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  10 Comments

Here’s a cool CNC Router made by Michael Warren who is the James Dyson Fellow at the Royal College of Art’s InnovationRCA.  It’s a portable CNC Router and his web site is Grow CNC.
Check out the video (can’t go wrong with Johnny Cash on the soundtrack):
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/44251003[/vimeo]…

CNC 4th Axis Basics: Routers and Woodworking

Apr 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  5 Comments

This is the 4th part of our 4th Axis Basic Series and it covers the use of a 4th axis for a CNC Router and when woodworking.
For the most part, the principals of 4th Axis use with a CNC Router on wood are much the same as the more metal-focused articles that have come…

Hexapod Robotic CNC Router Walks to the Site of the Work to Be Done

Apr 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

This is a cool little Hexapod robot I came across:

The resolution on the 3D face looks pretty darned good.  I’m imagining combining this sort of technology with sensors that let it precisely locate itself via some optics.  You’d have a ‘bot that you could turn loose to carve large areas with 3D relief carvings,…

Introducing Our New CNC Router Blog Category

Apr 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router  //  2 Comments

Blog Categories are like channels that bring together articles with related topics.  You can find our list of Blog Categories along the left column.  We’ve got a bunch of them to help you zero in on the kind of articles you’re looking for, and we just introduced our newest one:  CNC Routers.  Go there to…

You Can’t Find Optimal Feeds and Speeds in Charts, Handbooks, or the Seat of Your Pants

Apr 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments
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I see a lot of interesting discussions about feeds and speeds out on the Internet.  There are people that think you can get good feeds and speeds just by reading manufacturer’s charts, by ear, from their CAM program, and through a whole host of other shortcuts.  Some say they’ve had enough experience as machinists that…

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