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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  //  3 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…

G-Wizard Bonus: Lifetime Free Features – You Savvy?

Mar 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

15 – Tools for Manual Work that CNC’ers Won’t Need

Mar 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  9 Comments
Rotary Table

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…

[Review] Tosa Tool’s ER Tightening Fixture: Great CNC Shop Tool

Mar 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
Tosa Tool TTS Compatible Tool Mount

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…

[Vise Stop Review] Imaginetool’s Way Cool New SideStop

Mar 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
ImagineTool SideStop Work Stop Vise Stop

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…

Breaking News: “CNC Chef” Video Series Launched With Cutting Tool Engineering

Feb 20, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments
CNC Chef

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…

Review: SCE TTS Toolholder Racking System

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

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…

CNC’d Ring Box for Your Engagement Ring

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments

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.
Wow!
What a neat idea as a way to present an engagement ring to your…

New: Machine Learning for Cutting Tools and Feeds and Speeds

Feb 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Machine Learning Robots

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…

Have You Seen the Free Software and Huge Discounts We Offer to CNC’ers?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
We have some amazing deals that hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  I’m talking about both Free Software and Deep Discounts.
Free Calculators in All Shapes and Sizes
There is a huge…

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