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Researchers at the Institute for Fifth Generation Manufacturing are reporting that a novel tool coating has increased tool life to near infinity. The coating uses a heretofore-unknown carbon state that has properties of both diamond and Bucky Tubes.
Recall that Bucky Tubes (also referred to as Fullerene) have the following properties according to Wikipedia:
We do a terrible job advertising it, but most of G-Wizard Calculator is free. Seriously. You sign up for the 30-day free trial, and when that ends, even if you don’t purchase, most of the tabs will go right on working for you. There’s a giant treasure trove of useful calculators, utilities, and reference information…
When I bought my first machine tools, they were a manual lathe and then a manual mill. Took me a while to save up enough cash, and then I came to realize that the old saying that the tooling will cost as much as the machines was also true.
Then, along came CNC, not very…
I’ve got a fair few products to review in my backlog, so I’m going to try to get these out to you every week or two until I am caught up. This week, I’ve got Tosa Tool’s (Dan Bye’s excellent company) TTS Compatible Tool Mount. It’s an ER Collet Chuck Tightening Fixture. In fact, both…
I just got my hands on a new product for review. It’s the SideStop, a next-generation vise stop (work stop) made by the good folks at ImagineTool:
The SideStop is a next-generation vise work stop…
The SideStop is one of those “Better Mousetrap” kinds of products. Better mouse traps are great–we all love to find…
I am excited to announce that I’ll be doing a new monthly video series with Cutting Tool Engineering called the “CNC Chef” (a playful reference to the CNCCookbook). In our first video, I cover the subject of Tool Rubbing. It comes as a surprise to some that if you try to slow down a cut…
Note: The special offer on these racks has been extended for two weeks–it’s good until March 1st.
It’s only appropriate that our first real product review is the Santa Cruz Electronics TTS Toolholder Racking System. SCE is one of a select few Tormach distributors, and they happen to be right in my home town of…
I was trying to think of something cool to post around Valentine’s Day, but wasn’t coming up with anything. And then I saw this product–the Monarch Ring Box. It’s manufactured via CNC and anodized in a number of beautiful colors.
What a neat idea as a way to present an engagement ring to your…
These days, it seems like Machine Learning is being talked about everywhere. Self-driving cars, machines beating humans at every game, Google search results change based on machine learning–artificial intelligence has become much more common that it was in the past.
There’s a reason for that: Machine Learning allows software to learn new tricks without requiring…
Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
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One of the most interesting parts of our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Survey Results is the Customer Satisfaction. We ask respondents to rate their CAM packages on a scale of:
Having only 3 values keeps it simple. In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…
TTS Racking System for Tormachs is one of the upcoming reviews I’ll be doing!
We’re getting ready to start something new for 2017: product reviews.
I’ve got a bumper crop of reviews coming up here in the CNCCookbook blog:
The Rack: TTS Racking System by Santa Cruz Electronics. This is a must-have accessory for anyone…
I jumped about two feet when this plate broke loose from the vacuum fixture while the pocket floor was being machined:
He had actually dialed things back quite a bit to try to keep it happy, and I would have thought the majority of the worst cutting forces were done, but the part still broke…
I just closed the survey to further entries having gotten several hundred responses. This is quite a large group, and certainly large enough to be statistically significant. Product Managers at a variety of CADCAM companies, large and small, tell me they find the results very valuable in their own planning. There’s really no other source…
Happy Holidays from CNCCookbook!
As we look toward the New Year, now is a good time to take a moment and reflect on all of the great things that happened in 2016. With that in mind, we here at CNCCookbook wish you Happy Holidays!
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