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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…

CAM Survey Results 2016: Customer Satisfaction Awards

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
powermill gold customer satisfaction award cnccookbook

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:

It Rocks
It’s OK
Not Happy

Having only 3 values keeps it simple.  In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…

Upcoming CNCCookbook Product Reviews: Good Stuff!

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
TTS Racking System for Tormach Enclosure

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…

Scary Vacuum Fixture Mishap and Some Possible Cures

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments
vacuum fixture cnc crash

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…

Results of the 2016 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
High End CAM Market Share

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 + Most Popular CNC Articles for 2016

Dec 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
happy holidays cnc cookbook

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!
10 Most Popular Posts from 2016
8 Ways to Locate Part…

64 Fun Non-Tactical EDC CNC Gifts You Could Make This Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Spinning Pocket Lint Fidgeters of Doom!
That’s sort of what this latest installment in my CNC gift idea series is about.  We started out with jewelry, moved to outdoor gifts, and for something really unusual.  The non-tactical EDC-thing is a nod to the idea that these are Everyday Carry Items, they just don’t have much…

How Many Days Since You Broke a Haimer Tip? (1 Day for Me!)

Nov 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments

So there I was, standing at the VMC, showing my son and his friends (home from college for Thanksgiving break) how the thing worked.  We were going to finish an 80% lower as a nice easy project that would be fun and interesting for them.  They were eager to check it out.  First job was…

32 Outdoor Gift Ideas CNCers and Welders Can Make

Nov 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
Oversized Chess Set

Hey!  What kinda CNC Gifts are you making this year?
I recently did an article on 18 CNC Jewelry Gift Ideas to Delight the Non-CNCer in Your Life that was well-received.  It’s the right time of year to be contemplating CNC Gift Projects, and they’re typically aimed at the Non-CNCers in your life.  In this…

How the Pros Finish AR-15 Lower Receivers for Profit

Nov 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments
AR-15 Lower Receiver CAD Fusion360

AR-15 Lower Receiver in Fusion360…
We have a lot of readers who are interested in firearms, and I’m a shooter myself, so I thought I’d pass along this fascinating video about how a pro shop goes from a forged 80% lower to a finished AR-15 Lower Receiver:

This video was done by Palmetto State Defense,…

2 Tools for Optimizing CNC Milling Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover

Nov 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and any other machining operation where you’ll be cutting with the flutes on the side of an endmill.  Aside from the machine’s capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the…

The Ultimate Guide to Hot Rodding Tormach CNC Machines: Get Stoked

Nov 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Tormach has built a wonderful business in the hobby and low-end CNC machine world.  Their machines are not the highest performance, but they’re bulletproof, economical, and easy to work on.  Tormach even says that while they don’t recommend it, their machines survive crashes handily, making them ideal for education, makerspaces, and beginners.  I’ve seen many…

Manual vs CNC Machining [Warning: Graphical Demonstration!]

Nov 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Manual Machining Approach

CNC Machining Approach

Both Can Achieve Good Results!…

18 CNC Jewelry Gift Ideas to Delight the Non-CNCer In Your Life

Oct 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  5 Comments
CNC Lost Wax Casting

Look, it’s time.  Your friends all want to know what you’re going to make with that fancy CNC gear you’ve been tinkering with for months.  They’re not going to be satisfied if you simply tell them (as I often have), “I’m making more tools.”  It’s getting harder and harder to get new CNC-related purchases past…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

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