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Tormach Tool Changer Getting Closer

Mar 27, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  2 Comments

There was an update to their blog a few days back, so check there for full details. The beta test has been underway for about 1 month for some lucky Tormach owners. You’ve probably seen the original Tormach ATC video, but this new one shows a lot of other cool features:

You can see from…

Carbon Fiber Wingtips for a Jet Fighter

Mar 15, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  10 Comments

As I mentioned recently, I got the chance to see some serious carbon fiber work in action–building a set of wingtips for a jet fighter. To be precise, these wingtips are going on Czechoslovakian L-39 Albatross planes destined in some cases for the Reno Air Races:

Talk about a cool project!
This is Sky Greenawalt’s…

Carbon Fiber: UFO Quality Material

Mar 12, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Carbon fiber has always captivated me. Its such a space age material, and when done right, it looks awesome. I’m fortunate to have owned a car or two with beautiful carbon fiber work, for example on the dashboard. I’ve always been interested in possibly making something out of the material, but have never had the…

Henderson “Piggy” Motorcycle is the Coolest!

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

I need to design some cool looking brackets to mount some glass shelves in our home. I plan to CNC these, and I wanted something with a cool design motif, so I started cruising Google Images with searches like “Art Deco Brackets”. Somehow, I came upon this Henderson motorcycle, which has to be the coolest…

Speaking of Art Suitable for Billionaire Playboys: Welcome Back Widgitmaster!

Mar 6, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I’ve followed Eric, who goes by “Widgitmaster” for a long time and corresponded frequently. He’s been one of my remote machinist mentors, and I’ve learned an awful lot from him. He’s been out of the shop for quite a while owing to some family issues, but recently came back to build this exquisite display of…

A Photo Album for Machinists and Billionaire Playboys

Mar 5, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

Ever since seeing the owner’s manual for Billionaire Playboy Larry Ellison’s custom Cobra, I have wanted to make one. In many ways, it is cooler than the car itself, which is no small feat. But the thing is, I’ve seen a lot of Cobras, and have even owned 2 (one of which I stiill drive).…

There’s Something About Knobs and Buttons

Jan 31, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Got some photos from CNCCookbook reader Kelvin V of the custom CNC control panel he built for his router. Very cool:

More control panel pix on the CNC Control Panel Page……

Engineer, Heal Thyself!

Jan 26, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

This is a fascinating article that came to me by way of MAKE Magazine who found it on UK site theEngineer. It involves an engineer in the UK building his own aortic prosthesis to overcome a condition known as Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the connective tissue of the body. It was causing…

Amazing Projects with CamBam

Jan 4, 2011   //   by   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Software  //  No Comments

Some of the lower end CAM programs are capable of some amazing work. Here are some samples done with CamBam: A 747 made from aluminum. Very cool 3D work! Watch chassis with “tabs” for fixturing… Watch part… There is the part installed… CamBam scored pretty well on the CAM Survey (below). I’m starting to see…

Machining an AR-15 Lower Receiver with G-Wizard

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

This is one of those ridiculously cool projects that brings home what I love about CNC and machine work: you can build anything!
Here is a video that details the software that Jim used to set up for his project:

Nice plug for G-Wizard at the beginning!
Lots of good stuff in the video about…

Throttle Body Injection: Feeds and Speeds Courtesy of G-Wizard

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Here’s a very cool project from one of our G-Wizard customers:
Throttle Body Injection: Feeds and Speeds Courtesy of G-Wizard
Gotta love the 5-axis work!…

Nothing New Under the Sun: Starrett Caliper Pressure Device

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  No Comments

Kenneth Maxon, who runs the fascinating Max’s Little Robot Shop, wrote to tell me of some Starrett calipers he has which incorporate a precision spring loaded device for precise positioning. He describes it thusly:
I am lucky enough to have some older starrett calipers that perform phenominally and they use a similar mechanism. Inside the…

Special Purpose Robots

Dec 3, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  No Comments

We’ve reached a point where its actually pretty easy to build special purpose robots for various manufacturing tasks. For example, here is a robot that cuts off blocks of resistors from the rolls that feed pick and place machines. It’s used to put together parts packages for electronics kits (hat tip to MAKE Magazine for…

Super Soaker Prototype

Dec 1, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Here’s the prototype for the Super Soaker:

Visit the Wired Magazine article for a bunch more cool prototypes……

Exoskeleton: Beats a Forklift!

Sep 28, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Having a little trouble loading that 4th axis onto your machine table? No worries with this Raytheon powered exoskeleton:
Isn’t technology cool?…


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