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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,…

Interview With Wazer Cofounder Nisan Lerea

Sep 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  6 Comments

Hope you caught my original post about Wazer, the Personal Desktop Waterjet.  This afternoon I had a chance to catch up with Nisan Lerea, once of Wazer’s cofounders.  He was attending Techcrunch’s Disrupt conference, so we talked via Skype.
What’s the Wazer story?  Nothing like the 2 minute pitch from the Founders about how the…

Wazer: A Personal Desktop Waterjet

Sep 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments
wazer personal desktop waterjet

We’ve reached a point where a number of industrial CNC technologies are available for the Home Shop and small businesses.  What once was strictly limited to big companies engaged in putting Men on the Moon is becoming ubiquitous–exciting times indeed!
And along comes Wazer, which seeks to add Waterjet cutting the arsenal of cool digital…

Announcing a New Deep Learning Guide for CNC Beginners

Sep 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Step by step guide to making CNC parts for beginners

You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make…
You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make.  You’ve been lusting after your own CNC Machine for a long time.  You just want to put the two together, but try as you might, there’s no map to guide you.  No article…

First Parts With Our New M3D Printer

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with our new M3D Printer, but I did manage to make my first couple of parts with it:

There’s a little bit of fuzz, but that’s pretty typical for 3D printers, especially at the low end…
Close-up of the soft jaw…
The parts are soft jaws…

A Visit to Carbide3D’s Southern California Headquarters

Jun 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  3 Comments

Robert Grzesek, Jorge (George) Sanchez, Edward Ford, and Apollo Crowe: The Carbide3D Team
A passion for excellence.  Never being satisfied.  Always exploring, looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better.  The pure unadulterated joy of designing and making very cool things–it’s more like play than work.  And maybe just a hint of…

Ultimate Man Cave Decor: Furniture Grade Cabinet for a 3D Printer

Jun 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment

3D Printer in a Case?  Perfect decor for your Man Cave…
When I saw this 3D Printer cabinet posted by lsloth over on Reddit I just had to share it here.  Not only is it extremely cool, but it houses a Rostock 3D Printer just like the one CNCCookbook owns.  The Rostock has served us…

DIY Plasma Tube Notcher

Jun 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

Suppose you had to build a bunch of space frame tube chassis like this one:

Making a bunch of space frames means notching a lot of tubes…
Making all those space frames means notching a lot of tubing.  Sounds like a little CNC-style automation is in order.  That resulted in this CNC-driven plasma cutter tube…

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