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Shaper Tools: What If Hand Tools Were CNC?

Dec 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Products  //  2 Comments

The Shaper Router: Hand Tools with CNC…
CNC has been undergoing rapid evolution lately, especially at the entry-level part of the spectrum.  Mere mortals can have 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and CNC Mills in their garages these days.  Even the Apollo Space Program never had so much access to CNC as the average maker does…

Gorgeous W-18 Engine from Modeles Patelo

Nov 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

What if watchmakers made small model engines instead of watches?  The end result would have to be very much like the miniature engines made by Spanish machinist José Manuel Hermo Barreiro.  There are multiple designs–V-12, W-32, and this W-18–and each one is a work of art.  They’re all powered by compressed air, and so are…

Can You Really Regrind Your Spindle While It’s On the Machine?

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  10 Comments

Frank Mari (Maritool.com) did.
A spindle rebuild involves fitting new bearings. Most folks will suggest that if you want to minimize runout, you will have to regrind the spindle taper while it is spinning in the bearings. This is standard procedure when manufacturing new machine tools and getting a quality rebuild. But, it’s something the…

Chris Bathgate: Amazing CNC Sculpture Art on a Small CNC Machine

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

For everyone who thinks CNC is not art, and for everyone who thinks small CNC machines can’t turn out work of the highest quality, I give you Chris Bathgate and his amazing sculptures.  His work is spectacular:

The detail and finish is exquisite.  The designs are otherworldly–it would not be hard to believe they’re UFO…

A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these:

Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel…
Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …

9 Shocking Statistics About G-Wizard We Couldn’t Make Up

Aug 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  6 Comments

I wrote the original G-Wizard Calculator in order to save myself time and get better results machining.  I noticed I was hauling handbooks and tooling catalogs around, punching numbers into calculators, and eventually spending way too much time working through elaborate spreadsheets to get good results.  There were things I was learning from the tooling…

Are 3D Printers the Ultimate Scale Modeler’s Tool?

Aug 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

In my youth I spent hours building precision scale models of various military fighting vehicles from kits made by Tamiya.  They were intricately detailed and I would do everything I could to make them look realistic–right down to weathering them with fancy airbrushed paint jobs. Even so, I was limited to what kits were available…

Adam Savage’s Radical Alternative to Tool Boxes

Aug 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  16 Comments

What’s better: crazy crowded drawers or a nice vertical organized tool stand?
I’m a toolbox fanatic.  Almost every year when they go on sale after Father’s Day or Christmas, I look over the deals, and buy another rolling tool box.  It seems like there are never enough drawers available to really organize a shop, and…

Dude, You Want To Ride My Dinosaur?

Aug 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment

Bob the Drill-Powered T-Rex Scooter…
Every now and again we come across that guy.  You know, the one who does the coolest projects ever.  The projects that make you giggle nervously or just stare open-mouthed when you see them.  How the heck do these guys and gals even think of these things?
Take Izzy Swan,…

It Finally Happened: 5 Axis CNC for the DIY and Maker

Aug 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  11 Comments

If you’d asked me up until very recently whether 5 axis was practical for the CNC DIY’ers and Makers, I would’ve said “No!” without hesitation.  Not only is the hardware complex, but 5 Axis CAM was expensive.  Much of this has now changed fairly recently.  Yes, the hardware is complex and most 5 Axis CAM…

CNCing a High Performance Yo Yo is Genius

Jul 28, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  7 Comments

Why not?  As I’ve said in the past, I love frivolous CNC projects.  What could be better than a precision machined YoYo that looks and performs way better than anything you can get at the local toy store?
I confess, this one has been on my mind ever since I came across an article about…

What is Cryogenic Machining?

Jul 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Chilling your cutter with Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).  Image courtesy of 5ME.
Have you ever heard of Cryogenic Machining?  Better yet, can anyone reading tell us your personal experiences with it?
Cryogenic Machining is the process of using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) as the coolant for machining instead of ordinary flood or mist coolants.  It can produce…

Best Whiskey Ice Cubes Ever

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  4 Comments

We’ve written about these Suntory ice cubes before, but they just keep coming out with more.  Seems like some exclusive bar should put a Carbide 3D or similar mini-router in their walk-in freezer and starting cranking them out to serve with high priced whiskey.  Maybe someone is already.  These were all created by TBWA\Hakuhodo for…

Phil Abernethy’s Clocks are Modern Art

Jul 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

When I first started getting into CNC, I was surprised at how many artists have taken to the medium.  There are some truly amazing works out there that couldn’t have been done without help from CNC.  Take Phil Abernethy’s beautiful clocks, for example.  Each one is different, and they’re all done with a very modern…

GE Angel’s Trumpet: The Toy You Wish You Had in Your Shop

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

3D Printing?  Yeah, so what.  I’ve seen lots of 3D printers.  They’re inaccurate as heck, they only produce plastic, and it takes more sanding and bondo than my mother-in-law’s crashed Vista Cruiser station wagon to get a part to look halfway decent.  I’m a real machinist.  I don’t need no stinkin’ 3D Printing, I’ve got…

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