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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…

Pancakebot: CNC Food for Your Kids for Just $299

Mar 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

Hard to believe a price point so low, but they’ve delivered a few to early Kickstarter backers and this thing is amazing!

Pancakebot in action…
Look, I’ll watch a CNC machine all day long doing almost anything.  I have to force myself to walk away to get other work done.  Also, I love to cook…

What If Michelangelo Had CNC?

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  2 Comments

The famous sculptor Michelangelo reportedly wrote in a letter:
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
What a wonderful way to express his art.  I don’t know for sure what Michelangelo would’ve thought of CNC, but watching it in action is often like seeing something set free.  Here…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

Tormach 440 Spotted in the Wild

Feb 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

I was just over at Santa Cruz Electronics, our local Tormach dealer in Northern California, when I happened to spy a happy little CNC mill in their back room.  Seems they’d just taken delivery on one of the new Tormach 440’s.  I have to say, it is just the cutest little CNC mill ever, and…

Chuck Norris Has Got Nothing On You: Because You’re A CNC’er

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment

You’ve heard what they say about Chuck Norris?  Guns carry him for protection.
Listen: Chuck’s got nothing on you, because you’re a CNC’er.
You’ve got CNC Machines, welders, air tools, belt sanders, grinders, and every other imaginable tool in your arsenal.  You can make almost anything in your shop.  Man Cave?  Forget about it.  You…

The 24 All-Time Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles

12 Days of Christmas?  Yes, and here are 12 each of the all-time most popular Cookbook articles and Blog Posts.
What’s the difference between a Cookbook Article and a Blog Post?  Typically the Cookbook articles are longer, more in-depth, and often are part of an extended series.  Blog Posts can be just as useful and…

Think You Know Which CAM Packages Are Most Popular? Time to Find Out!

Dec 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

We’ve just completed our 4th CAM Software Market Share Survey, and the results are fascinating.  We’ve done them in 2010, 2012, 2014, and now 2015.  We’ll be doing one every year from now on–the market is just changing too quickly to look only every other year.
We divide the market into 3 segments:

High-End:  More…

Big News: Onshape Launching Commercial Version and AppStore Private Beta

Dec 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  18 Comments

One thing about the Cloud–it facilitates rapid innovation.  Onshape are taking full advantage of this with two big announcements this morning.  CNCCookbook was part of their exclusive press event announcing these developments.  Representing Onshape were Jon Hirschtick (Founder and Chairman), Joe Dunne (Partner Manager), and David Corcoran (VP of Engineering):

Let’s go over what they…

What You Need to Know Now About IoT (The Internet of Things) for CNC Manufacturing

Dec 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

The explosion of “Things” connected to the Internet…
By now you must have heard at least some of the hype surrounding IoT—The Internet of Things.  If nothing else, Gartner tells us it is at the top of the 2015 Hype Cycle, LOL.  It is trailing Consumer 3D Printing, which is just starting to fall off…

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