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Quarter Scale Fuel-Injected DOHC V8 Engine

Oct 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

We CNC’ers don’t know how easy we’ve got it, but one look at this quarter scale V8 told me that builder Keith5700 from Home Model Engine Machinist is nothing short of an amazing craftsman.  HMEM is one of my favorite hobby machining boards as it is filled not only with amazing craftsmanship but also genuinely nice people.  We’ve all suffered at the hands of some Internet Troll on one of the big boards or other, but HMEM doesn’t tolerate that sort of thing.  They just want to be a big group of friends having fun building model engines.  … Read the rest

Building a 40% Scale 1927 Miller 91 Race Car With 3D Printing

Oct 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

What happens when a talented designer, Bill Gould of Gould Studios, gets together with a serious 3D printing shop (C.Ideas) to build a cool 40% scale model of an antique race car?
The technologies and results of this project are nothing less than amazing.  Best of all, they’ve made a detailed video so we can follow along and see how it was done and what the end result looks like:

The video shows details of the 4 different 3D printing technologies used as well as the finishing steps required after the parts come of the 3D printers.  … Read the rest

Check Out Our New CADCAM Wizards Video Tour

Oct 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

The positive response to our new CADCAM Wizards feature in G-Wizard Calculator has been overwhelming.
CADCAM Wizards are a whole new approach to Feeds and Speeds for CNC machinists.  They work the way your CAM software does to quickly create a recipe for each individual CAM operation. Powerful algorithms in CADCAM Wizard consider thousands of combinations of variables and give you the best answer quickly.
Check out this new video to get an introduction and tour of them.… Read the rest

Lots of Great New Features in G-Wizard Calculator v1.99

Sep 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Facemilling feeds and speeds

-If you’re wondering why it’s been so quiet on the blog (I even skipped last week’s weekly email), it’s because I’ve been busy on this release.  Boy is there a lot of new goodness in it!
New Facemill Wizard
For starters, I added a new CADCAM Wizard: the Facemill Wizard joins the Pocket, 2D Profiling, and Hole Wizards.  Here’s what it looks like:

It’s the same idea as the other CADCAM Wizards–enter as little information as possible and get back a full optimized cut.   In this case, it just needs to know the depth of the material to remove.  … Read the rest

CNC Business Idea: Personalized 3D Products

Sep 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments
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Ever come across a really neat custom bumper hitch?  Does your truck have a custom bumper hitch?
Many of those launched someone’s CNC business.  Fire up the milling machine and pretty soon you have a custom hitch cover that sends a very personalized message.  Mine is the familiar red with white stripe “Divers Below” flag.
We’re starting to see this kind of thing emerging in the 3D printing world too.  Check out Deka, which creates custom 3D printed headsets that are personalized to each individual’s tastes:

Start with a standard bluetooth headset base and add a snap on decoration…

Now you’ve got a personalized bluetooth headset for your phone…
There will be many more opportunities for personalized products.  … Read the rest

New Machine Day: Tormach CNC Lathe

Sep 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  13 Comments
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It’s new machine day here at CNCCookbook, and that’s always fun for any shop.  We’ve just gotten our pre-release version of the upcoming Tormach CNC Lathe uncrated.  Here’s a few pix:

This right here is BOB’s lathe!

Hang on, this is not how I remember it from Wisconsin.  Oops, it’s backwards–turn it around…

That’s how I remember it!   That fella helping me out is John Bower, the owner of Santa Cruz Electronics, our Northern California Tormach Dealer…

My lathe has a roomie.  This is Santa Cruz Electronics Tormach 1100 demo unit.  … Read the rest

Elon Musk Demonstrates Tony Stark “Ironman” Style CAD UI

Sep 6, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  2 Comments

I saw this extremely cool video on Mashable and was quite taken with it.  Manipulating objects in 3D in your CAD program definitely takes a little getting used to.  I would love to try this and see whether it just feels a lot more intuitive.  In this video SpaceX and Tesla Founder Elon Musk is using a Leap Motion controller to manipulate the CAD image.
The Leap Motion Controller is not very expensive at $79. I’m half tempted to try one with the CAD programs I use, Rhino3D and SolidWorks, not to mention using it to manipulate our G-Wizard Editor’s g-code backplots.… Read the rest

The Art and Craftsmanship of Zeamon

Sep 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  9 Comments
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People ask me all the time what I do for a living.  My stock answer is that I build software for the Manufacturing sector.  Boring.  What I should do is tell them I make software to help people create things like the fantastic Orrery below.  Isn’t it amazing?  That description would touch a lot more people, I suspect.
Recently, I got a nice note from Ken Condal with a link to his site, “The Art and Craftsmanship of Zeamon.”  Ken uses our G-Wizard Calculator to set feeds and speeds for projects he builds with his Sherline CNC Mill.  … Read the rest

Introducing Next Generation Feeds and Speeds with CADCAM Wizard

Aug 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  6 Comments
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I’ve been teasing a bit about the “Next Big Thing” for G-Wizard Calculator, and it’s time to take the covers off so you can see what we’ve been working on.  We call it CADCAM Wizard, and it’s purpose is to radically simplify calculation of feeds and speeds while at the same time giving much more optimal answers.
CNC Software today excels at offering choices; so many choices that sometimes it’s hard to actually decide which ones to take so you can get on with manufacturing your part.  CADCAM  Wizard is a clean sheet of paper redesign of the Feeds and Speeds problem that changes all that.  … Read the rest

The Odd Goings-On Of Burning Man Through a CNC Lens

Aug 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  4 Comments
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A photo essay of CNC’d things for Burning Man.  Each one clicks through to the source.

Gift Necklaces…

Star of the City is a towering monument honoring NYC’s burner community at Burning Man’s 2013 Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.).  In other words, they’re going to light it on fire at Burning Man.

With a Shopbot and “Digital Fabrication Technologies”, this could be yours…

This walking pod is fabricated from welded steel and is capable of actual walking motion…

Serpent car fabricated with the aid of a high definition CNC Plasma Table…

Serpent car pulls a train of lit plastic tanks…

Stars by day…

Stars lit at night.  … Read the rest

Gearhead CNC Art: Skull Piston Shifter

Aug 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
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If I were a Gearhead CNC’er, what would I make?  Maybe one of these shifters made from a piston.  Hard to say this one was CNC’d, but it sure is cool!… Read the rest

Tormach’s New CNC Lathe: Trip Report

Aug 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  11 Comments
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I’m just back from visiting Tormach to play with their new CNC lathe.  I’m involved in their pre-release Beta Test program and am purchasing one of these lathes for my own shop.
What’s it like to visit Tormach?
The best word I have for it is “Exhilarating.”  Everyone I met there is very bright, experienced, and hugely enthusiastic about Tormach and the mission they are on.  Greg Jackson, CEO, described it to me as bringing CNC to folks who couldn’t have afforded it before.  They are pushing the lower edge of that price envelope as hard as they can without compromising quality.  … Read the rest

Get Kids Into Manufacturing With Guitar Building Camp

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments
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I love this idea.  As a musician (keyboard player) all all-around music lover, I understand the power of music.  There’s not much that’s more powerful when it comes to influencing positive change because it reaches out and grabs you at an intuitive level.
In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program where twelve lucky junior-high aged students designed and built their own electric guitars in the Southern Wells High School guitar building workshop.  In the process they learned how to do some CNC machining, project management, and quality control.  … Read the rest

3D Printing an Aston Martin DB4

Aug 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments
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Or at least 3D printing a plug from which a mold will be made from which a fiberglass body will be made.  Auckland, New Zealander Ivan Sentch has quite a project underway.  He’s building this plug using a Solidoodle 3D printer, which only has a 4″ x 4″ capacity.  So how do you build a life-sized car model from such a thing?  The answer is ingenious–by gluing together smaller pieces.  For example, a hood:

Kinda brings home that old saw about eating an elephant one spoonful at a time.  Once the pieces are glued together, the overall assembly is carefully sanded with finer and finer grits of sandpaper until a smooth, glasslike finish is obtained.  … Read the rest

The Crazy Things 3D Printed Robots Can Do

Jul 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

I recently came across 2 great articles that show the amazing possibilities for robotics technology that can be made by talented individuals in the era of Desktop Manufacturing:
3D Printed Robot can crack your phone’s PIN in 20 hours or less
Imagine trying all possible 4 digit combinations in order to guess someone’s PIN and access their phone.  Sounds like a lot of painful drudgery, no?
Well not if you 3D print a robot to do that work for you:

This little robot uses model airplane servos to power Delta-style arms that run around pushing in the codes on your phone madly.  … Read the rest

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