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Best Whiskey Ice Cubes Ever

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  4 Comments
LibertyCube

We’ve written about these Suntory ice cubes before, but they just keep coming out with more.  Seems like some exclusive bar should put a Carbide 3D or similar mini-router in their walk-in freezer and starting cranking them out to serve with high priced whiskey.  Maybe someone is already.  These were all created by TBWA\Hakuhodo for…

Phil Abernethy’s Clocks are Modern Art

Jul 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
PhilAbernethy2

When I first started getting into CNC, I was surprised at how many artists have taken to the medium.  There are some truly amazing works out there that couldn’t have been done without help from CNC.  Take Phil Abernethy’s beautiful clocks, for example.  Each one is different, and they’re all done with a very modern…

GE Angel’s Trumpet: The Toy You Wish You Had in Your Shop

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
GEAngelsTrumpet

3D Printing?  Yeah, so what.  I’ve seen lots of 3D printers.  They’re inaccurate as heck, they only produce plastic, and it takes more sanding and bondo than my mother-in-law’s crashed Vista Cruiser station wagon to get a part to look halfway decent.  I’m a real machinist.  I don’t need no stinkin’ 3D Printing, I’ve got…

4 Totally Awesome Things To Make on a CNC Mini Router

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
Shapeoko3

The new Shapeoko 3…
CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days.  Whether you’re talking about inexpensive kits like the Shapeoko or finished ready-to-go-to-work units like the Nomad, there are a bunch of choices available to makers and CNC enthusiasts looking for a good way to start out with CNC. I got to see…

Amateur Clockmaking Manual Machining Style

May 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  12 Comments
ClickspringLogo

Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…
The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be…

9 Completely Frivolous Things You Could Make on Your Expensive CNC Machine

Apr 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments
ArtGears

We sent men to the Moon with it and much more, but CNC can also be such a decadent luxury.  No matter what you make with CNC, it takes on that certain look of mechanical perfection.  Nature is filled with organic curves, so when we see CNC’d objects, they’re particularly profound in their man-made contrast.…

Use a Robot to Change Milling Vise Jaws? Yes, Please!

Apr 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment
ArtRobotByAshleyWood

I’m always fascinated by the degree of automation that’s possible in CNC manufacturing.  There’s certainly no end of pallet changers and similar methods for loading workpieces, but how about a robot that swaps out your vise jaws?  Almost anything is possible if you’ve got the cash to automate.  Check out this neat video of one…

Using a Microwave to Heat Bearings for Fitting

Apr 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  15 Comments

I had to check carefully that this wasn’t an April Fool’s deal, but it is apparently real.  Neat trick:

I gotta say, it’s a pretty slick idea that I’m dying to try on my wife’s microwave.
This one about balancing rotating machinery is also interesting:

I’ve got a crazy idea we can predict chatter frequencies…

Dave Decaussin Makes a Floating Tap Holder

Apr 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Dave Decaussin is one of the heroes of our CNC industry.  He was one of the original founders at Fadal, which they sold some years ago.  He’s been quite active since on various projects and has a great YouTube channel with a number of videos of projects he’s been working on.
He’s built several different…

Other Machine: Tiny Machines for Giant Dreams

Mar 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments
OtherMachineCo

Mobile CNC, anyone?  The OtherMILL is easy to tote from place to place…
CNCCookbook recently had a visit from the coolest little CNC machine and its two handlers.  This is unusual from a number of standpoints.  First, CNC machines aren’t really known for being mobile.  Sure, there has been the odd exception, but to have…

2 Tools for Calculating Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover When Milling

Mar 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
higher-mathematics

The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and a variety of other machining operations.  Aside from the machines capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the most important variables for determining feeds and speeds.  In conjunction with…

New 3D Printing Process is 25X Faster and Gives a Better Finish

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments
Carbon3DTech

I’ve said it before, having access to good chemistry is an imperative for innovation in the 3D Printing space.  This new process from Carbon3D really emphasizes that point.  It’s designed for 3D printers that rely on photo-sensitive resins (SLA or Stereolithography) rather than filament extrusion, but it can make those printers dramatically faster as well…

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  //  33 Comments
Path-Pilot-Contoller-and-Monitor

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…

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