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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
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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…

A Toolbox in New York’s Museum of Modern Art?

Aug 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
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Sure why not?  Many mechanical and functional things are beautiful.  This one certainly looks pretty snazzy to me:

It’s called a “Trusco” and you can find them on MoMA’s web store among other places.  The more generic term for them is “Cantilevered Tool Box,” and you’ll find a ton of copies all over the web…

What is Good Teamwork Worth?

Aug 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
ShopFloorTeam_retouched_test01

What is good teamwork worth to Shop Productivity?  We think it’s everything and we’re working on a new product called G-Wizard ShopFloor that’s totally focused on teamwork in the Shop.
There’ll be a lot more to talk about as it unfolds, but for now, I want to leave you with some brief description and a…

Hybrid Machining: Combining Additive and Subtractive in One Machine

Aug 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment
GartnerHypeCycle2014

If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that there’s been a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing.  It seems like every day brings yet another new consumer 3D printer on Kickstarter of someplace else and it’s not clear what the new kid on the block can do that the old ones…

Check Out 3DHubs: A Place To Sell Your 3D Printer’s Time and Use Other 3D Printers

Aug 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments
3DHubs

Are you bemoaning the fact that you don’t have a 3D Printer but you’d like to have one of your designs 3D printed?  3DHubs will take your STL file, help you locate a nearby 3D Printer that’s part of their community, and pretty soon you’ll be off to visit the printer and get your part…

Neat CNC Router-Made Standing Desk Requires No Fasteners

Aug 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  12 Comments
CNCRouterStandingDesk

Before there was metal, there was wood, at least in my shop.  I didn’t get into CNC at that point in my life, many years ago, but I was way into custom cabinetry.  I always admired the Japanese designs that required no fasteners–everything was held together through a cunning combination of tension and pegs.  Someday…

SOLS Systems Launches Custom 3D Printed Orthotics

Aug 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
SOLSOrthotic

I’ve said for a long time that a great use for 3D printing is personalization.  The disadvantages of additive manufacturing versus subtractive (traditional machine tool) manufacturing are minimized when we’re talking about making a one-off.  3D printers have been known as great prototyping tools for a long time, but there are classes of product where…

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