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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
TruscoToolbox1

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…

Project Idea: CNC’d Flashlights

Jun 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments
FlashChromeGroovy

You’d like to collect something made via CNC, or perhaps you just need a one off project or a gift idea.  What’s rugged, well suited to that odd modern adjective “Tactical”, made via CNC, and just the thing when firearms and knives are not your cup of tea.  How about making your own very cool…

Lost Wax Casting with 3D Printers

Jun 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
fixer14

One of the chief limitations of hobby scale 3D printing is its inability to print metal.  Yes, there are commercial 3D printers that can print metal, even exotic metals like Inconel.  But the cost of such 3D printers is prohibitive for all but the most high end applications.
What’s a poor 3D printing hobbyist to…

Top Blog Posts and CNC Machining Articles for First Half of 2014

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  No Comments

We’re close to the half way point on the year and as always, I like to pass along which blog posts and articles (articles being those pages outside the CNCCookbook blog proper) have been the most popular.  We have several thousand CNC articles on the site, and there are a lot of undiscovered treasures.  Hopefully…

One Wheeled Electric Scooters

Jun 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments
OneWheelSciFi

One Wheeled Scooters:  they’re not as good as flying cars, but they are pretty cool!
I try to balance the editorial content here at CNCCookbook between learning the art of CNC Manufacturing (you never stop learning, experts and beginners alike) and showing off inspirational articles about CNC Projects you could build or that others have…

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