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The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
XmasStocking

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Mix One CNC Lathe And a Brilliant Product Idea. Result: Kickstarter Success

Nov 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  5 Comments
SpinningTops

Came across this neat project on Kickstarter in an email from the iBox 3D Printer people (who 3D printed one of these little tops):

Manufacturing the Foreverspin Top on a CNC Lathe

Optional Forever Base…
The best ideas are often the simplest.  They’re easily grasped and can resonate with a large audience.  By CNC’ing a…

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?

Oct 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  4 Comments
HP3DPrinter

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?
Many of the pundits certainly think so, and Hewlett Packard certainly has both the track record and the resources to create a game changer.  Because of that, I took the time to go through all of the information on their announcement I could, and I have…

Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
samus-costume-3_featured

It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  …

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
BellaAndBoxes

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment
NanoParts

There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 6

Oct 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment
PrecisionEpoxyFloor

This is part 6 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
You didn’t think we were done building a Tony Stark-inspired workshop, did you?  I just needed a little break to do the research involved for the next installment.  That’s really what the series is about–looking out for the way cool products that any…

The Coolest 3D Printed Project I Have Seen To Date

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

German genius Dieter Michael Krone has 3D printed a gun that automatically folds and launches paper airplanes:

Cool beans!  Don’t you just want to take that thing up to the top of the Empire State Building or something?…

The Ultimate Tony Start Inspired Workshop, Part 5

Oct 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
color_cmy_helmets

This is part 5 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this installment, we’ll be taking a look at what sort of 3D Printers a workshop like this might include.  There are a number of different 3D Printing technologies available, and no one process is suitable for all parts, so we’ll take a…

Go 2 HAL If You Want to Go Fast

Oct 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
Halstead1

Here’s a project fit for our mythical Tony Stark Workshop, except this one’s real and being done by Australian Paul Halstead who has a great track record of finishing some amazing motorsports-related projects.  What happens when you take two Corvette LS7 motors and siamese them together to make a 14 liter 16 cylinder motor for…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 4

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
RomiC420

This is part 4 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this episode, we’ll go to the very heart of the shop, at least for CNCCookbook readers.  Yes, that’s right, we’re going to take a look at what sort of mills and lathes might be appropriate for a shop like this.
Turning:  Toolroom…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 3

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
AmadaPressBrake

This is part 3 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
Time to dive into some of the beefier areas of our workshop, namely what kinds of machines will inhabit these hallowed halls?
Cutting Rough Stock to Shape
Cutting rough stock to shape is an important early step in most projects for our Ultimate…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 2

Sep 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  2 Comments
LumbarChair

This is part 2 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
Computers and design are a big part of Tony Stark’s Workshop.  Of course Tony has the robotic artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. to help him get things done, or perhaps mostly to clean up the shop and serve as a comic foil to Stark’s genius.  …

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 1

Sep 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments
StarksWorkshop

We’ve all seen photos of unbelievably spectacular garages filled with exotic cars.  Some of them are more like museums or theme parks than garages.  Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren both have amazing facilities of this kind.  But let’s say that in addition to having the time and wealth to do nearly anything you want, you’re…

Update on Carbide LLC and their Nomad CNC Mill

Aug 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments
Nomad

Recently I had a chance to catch up with Robert Grzesek, one of the founders of Carbide and also of the easy to use MeshCam CAM software. I wanted to get an update on the Nomad as well as some idea of what he’d learned from the whole Kickstarter process and manufacturing the Nomad.  For…

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