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New Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill Arrives at CNCCookbook

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  21 Comments
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We’ve been so busy lately with one project after the other here at CNCCookbook, but it has been a lot of fun. The latest news is we’ve taken delivery on a brand new Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill with all the trimmings–Tool Changer, Full Enclosure, Spindle Speeder, and a bunch of other goodies.
That also meant…

Keep Eyes Peeled for OnShape: The Next Generation in CAD Software

Mar 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  49 Comments

Nope, it’s not a SolidWorks rendering, it’s onShape…
Today, SolidWorks is pretty much the reigning King of CAD software for the CNC world.  We certainly confirmed that with our CAD survey:

Solidworks dominates the Pro category…
But what would happen if you could assemble most of the founding team that originally built SolidWorks?  What if…

Tormach Moves From Mach3 to LinuxCNC: PathPilot

Feb 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  30 Comments
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We usually don’t do News Stories, per se, but this is really big news in the lower end CNC Controller world.
I just got the announcement today that Tormach is releasing PathPilot for Beta Test.
I’ve had a chance for a while to use the first incarnation of Path Pilot with my Tormach Slant Bed…

3D Printing News: Formlabs Gets New Supports, Higher Resolution, Flexible, and Castable Resins

Jan 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments
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It’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) season and we’re seeing tons of 3D printing news around that.  I’ll be doing several posts to bring the highlights of this news to CNCCookbook’s readers so you can see what’s significant without wading through all the other press about it.  For this installment, I want to focus on some…

A Little Bit of CNC Goes A Long Way

Dec 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments
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Many of us are vexed by the question our non-machinist friends love to ask, “What do you make with all those fancy tools?”  All too often the answer is, “More tools.”  That always leads to the perplexed friend wrinkling their brow, shaking their heads, and moving on, not understanding what the obsession is.
Sometimes we…

CNC’ing a Triple Expansion Marine Steam Engine

Dec 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments
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If you’re like me you’ve always admired those gorgeous little working models of complex steam engines.  Companies like Stuart offer castings for these lovely beasts so that mere mortals have a shot at owning one.  These models are quite expensive to buy new and are also expensive assembled in the aftermarket.  Who wouldn’t want one…

3D Printing Abstract Art

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
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3D Printing lends itself extremely well to printing abstract art.  Here is a gallery of some typical examples:

Mercedes Show Car…

HexaRing…

Hypnospace…

Jennifer McCurdy…

Vase made of 2 3D Printed Components:  Base + Vase…
 
Spiralis…

Harry Bishop…

Also Harry Bishop…

Ponoko…

Torolf Sauermann Moebius…
These are all pins from the CNCCookbook Pinterest Album on…

Derby the Dog Runs for the First Time With 3D Printed Prosthetics

Dec 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
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The Holiday Season is all about miracles, so I wanted to run at least one story about a miracle CNCCookbook readers might appreciate.  With the help of 3D Systems personnel and 3D Printer, Derby the Dog has new prosthetics that let him run for the first time.
Derby was born with deformed front legs.  He…

Breaking News: Shapeoko and Carbide 3D Join Forces

Dec 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
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This is big news for the CNC For The Rest Of Us Market:  Shapeoko has now joined forces with Carbide 3D, makers of the Nomad CNC Mill.  CNCCookbook has an exclusive interview on this new parternship with Rob Grzesek and Edward Ford.  

Rob Grzesek is a founder at Carbide 3D and the developer for MeshCAM……

3D Printing for RC Plane Modelers and Drone Builders

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments
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I was an avid model builder in my youth, and carried it forward into adulthood when I was much younger by building RC (Radio Controlled) Planes.  My biggest problem was that the planes took a long time to build relative to the length of time I could fly one before crashing it.  I think I…

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
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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
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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
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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
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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,…

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