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Fabulous Freebie: DXF plus G-Wizard Giveaway (Ends Aug 18)

Aug 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

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There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects. Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.
Many times, the hardest part of…

Easy Guitar Drawing for Custom Guitar Bodies, Part 1 [CNC / CAD Project]

Aug 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Need a guitar drawing so you can CNC a custom electric guitar body?
Me too!  Ever since I got in our new Shapeoko CNC Router Kit, I’ve been thinking about what projects I want to build with it.  Custom electric guitars are very high on the list.  And a little DIY CNC Router like this…

Have You Seen Our Ultimate Fly Cutter Page?

Aug 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
fly cutter guide

Clickspring’s holographic fly cutter finish…
Do you use a fly cutter in your CNC work?
Maybe you’re a pro who views fly cutters as a throwback to the days when there was no CNC and we were winning a war with Bridgeport milling machines.  There is an element of truth to that, but fly cutters…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Kit: Part 2 Assembly

Jul 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Here’s the second installment of the CNCCookbook CNC Kit build.  In the first installment (unpacking the CNC Router Kit), I introduced the project, discussed why I picked the Shapeoko over other kits, included some details about how to do a time-lapse video, and gave a time-lapse video of unboxing the Shapeoko XXL we are building.…

Adorable Guide to Robotic Bartenders, Cocktail Machines, and Bionic Bars

Jul 26, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Robotic Bartenders, Cocktail Machines, Bionic Bars, whatever you want to call them, I am fascinated by Barbots.  You know, completely automated machines that can mix cocktails for you.
I’m interested for two reasons.  First, I like to entertain, love gadgets, and I think a Barbot would be the hit of a party.  Most folks have…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Router Kit: Part 1 – Unboxing

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  7 Comments

Why a DIY CNC Router Kit?

I’ve wanted to do a video project series for a while and decided building a Shapeoko CNC Router Kit was the right one.  We needed to get an entry-level CNC in, it’ll be the precursor for more project videos done with the router, and I wanted to get a…

Guilloche, Rose Engines, Jeweling, & Engine Turning for Artistic Machining

Jul 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Classic engine turning by Eamonn Keogh…
Machining is often about mechanical precision and function, but not always.  There is a huge body of knowledge concerned with machining for artistic effect.  This article will sample some of the techniques involved.
Jeweling and Engine Turning
The beautiful patterns on the pieces in the image at the top…

Ride Your Next Case of Beer Home On a Beer Scooter

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

I got a chuckle out of this crazy YouTube video:

The bar stool racers are cool, but this beer case scooter is awesome!…

[Just Launched] Firecracker CNC Software Sale

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
firecracker cnc software sale

Good news, CNC’ers:
I’ve just launched our annual Firecracker CNC Software Sale!
Here’s the deal.  You get 15% off any CNC software we sell until the sale ends, Friday, July 14.  The savings is automatically taken in the shopping cart, so you don’t have to do anything except click through to see the savings.  No…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey, Part 2

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  10 Comments

In the first part of our 2017 CNC Router survey series, we covered:

Hobby vs Professional User Segments
CNC Router Market Share
Customer Satisfaction by Manufacturer
Size and Features of CNC Routers
Type of Materials Being Cut

In this installment, we’ll drill down a little more deeply and find out a little more about why…

Customer Spotlight: Voxel Innovations

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  2 Comments

Daniel Herrington, CEO, and Michael Bromley, Lead Engineer
Customer Spotlights are a regular CNCCookbook blog series where we tell our audience what the folks using our software are up to.  This week we are spotlighting Voxel Innovations, which has developed a unique machining process called Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM).  For this spotlight I worked with…

5 Axis CNC Benefits [There are 7 Big Ones!]

Jun 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  6 Comments
5-Axis Machining

5 axis CNC machines are the pinnacle of milling machine sophistication.  They’re the most expensive machines to purchase, and due to the complex motions involved, even more cost is involved with the need for the most sophisticated 5 axis CAM packages available.  Find out why they’re worth it here.
Let’s start by getting an idea…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  5 Comments
cnc router pro versus hobby users

This year, we got 160 survey responses.  Here are the results:

72% of respondents are hobby users…
72% of respondents are hobby users, up slightly from 2016.  Overall, CNCCookbook’s audience is the reverse–70% professional and 30% hobby.

CNC Router Overall Market Share…
Compared to last year, there are a number of changes:

Carbide3D / Shapeoko…

The Amazing Story of a Formula One Suspension Bolt

May 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments
formula one suspension bolt

Who knew a homely bolt could be this exciting?…

New Diamond + Bucky Tube Nano Coating Promises Infinite Tool Life

Apr 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments

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:
A…

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