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Results of the CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

We got just under 100 responses to this survey, and it’s time to tally up the results.

About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users…
About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users and 35% are Professionals.  That’s a pretty decent mix, skewed more to the Hobby side than our usual surveys.  Overall,…

What Do Food Trucks, CNC, and Makers Have in Common? Hint: Ask Anthony Bourdain

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Why should we be excited about Makers and Hobby CNC’ers?
I just saw this great quote from Anthony Bourdain on Food Trucks over on Scott Johnson’s blog, and it really hit home for me as a CNC’er and Small Business Entrepreneur:
“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs […]…

IoT and the Biggest Challenges to Data Driven Manufacturing, Part 2

May 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Software  //  1 Comment

A glimpse of the Shop Floor of the Future…
The first part of this article discussed a Harvard Business Review piece by Willy Shih and Helmuth Ludwig that presented 4 challenges to the next stage of “efficient and responsive” production.  I won’t belabor those points further, having discussed them in the first installment.  What I…

Insanely Cool Greeting Cards for the Mechanically Inclined

May 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Mechanically inclined?  Why my dear fellow CNC’er–that’d be you, of course!

These little pint-sized kinetic sculptures are magnificently executed in paper and wood by Brad Litwin of Mechanicards.  I don’t know how he does it, but each is an inspiration.  You can subscribe and have them delivered to your doorstep, purchase the individual ones of…

Get Help Narrowing the CAD Field With CADFinder

May 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

And now for something completely different…
We recently completed a major survey of CAD users.  It enabled us to build a unique database of hundreds of responses from folks who use these CAD programs on a daily basis.  We published the results, but then we had another idea.
What if We Could Use the CAD…

Powerful Hybrid Turning/Milling on a VMC Done Cheap

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Ever used your VMC to turn parts?  Not so much I bet.  A lot of CNC Lathe users, OTOH, have probably milled parts, provided they have live tooling.  In fact, I’ve talked to many who prefer to mill on their lathes when the nature of the part makes it possible.  A lathe with bar feeder…

Customer Spotlight: Mandala Rose Works

Apr 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  3 Comments

Here’s a shot of the Mandala Rose Works Rose Engine and its accessories…
Wade Wendorf’s Mandala Rose Works is truly a unique company.  They make Rose Engines, which are fascinating machines used to create Guilloche’ designs through engraving.  The closest thing to one many have come in contact with is a spirograph.  I’ve written a…

Here’s The Scoop on Which Machines Hobby CNC’ers Have And What They’re Making

Apr 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments

I launched a survey a few days ago and we’ve already had over 300 responses as I write this–clearly there’s a lot of passion amongst the Hobby CNC crowd.  I can’t blame them–I love CNC and every aspect of it.
Here’s what we found out:
What kinds of CNC machines do you own?

CNC Mills…

The Lazy CNC’ers Way to Run a Bandsaw

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

So you’ve got a bandsaw, maybe one of those inexpensive Chinese made metal cutting bandsaws?  And you need to cut a whole bunch of material to size with it.  You could than there cutting each piece by hand.  Yes, with a stop and all you’ll save a little time, but geeze what a pain.  I’m…

Customer Spotlight: Northwest Iowa Community College

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  4 Comments

We have nearly 400 schools using our G-Wizard Software, and we offer an educational discount to students and teachers on all our products.  Our schools range from High Schools to Community Colleges to the best Universities in the land including Stanford, MIT, and Harvard.  Here at CNCCookbook, we’re big believers in Manufacturing-related careers and it…

Customer Spotlight: Steradian Tech (Laser Tag!)

Mar 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

Steradian Tech: Laser Tag for Everybody…
For this Customer Spotlight, I’m writing about Steradian Tech, who make Laser Tag Guns for everybody.  If you’ve never tried laser tag, it’s a real blast.  I haven’t done it in years, but I played quite a lot back in my college days.  I’m interviewing Tom Baker, who co-founded…

Jeff de Boer’s Crazy Steampunk Ray Guns

Mar 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

When you have access to CNC machines and the skill to use them, you can make darned near anything–even things that don’t really exist.  Art is the purest expression of this notion, and I have admired the Steampunk Ray Gun artwork of Jeff de Boer for a long time.
An article in MAKEzine first got…

Here’s a Quick Way to Engrave An Irregular Surface

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, GCode, Software  //  1 Comment

Engraving or machining on a flat surface is the norm–all CNC’ers figure out how to do it in short order.  But what if you want to engrave or machine on an irregular surface?  Let me show you what I’m talking about:

Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces is hard…
Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces…

Who Else Wants Cheaper CMM?

Mar 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

I am a total Metrology and Measurement Freak.  I’m from the school the says, “If you can measure it, you can make it to that tolerance.”  I want to know what’s going on in hard numbers.  Consequently, I have collected a fair number of Measuring Tools over the years–probably more than I really need given…

Customer Spotlight: War Machines, LLC

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  18 Comments

Our latest Customer Spotlight story is about War Machine LLC.  I am excited to be talking to James Dressman about War Machine and their very special product. War Machine has created the ultimate Gas Block for AR-15’s.  If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing firearm parts, War Machine LLC is proof that it can be done…

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