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4 Totally Awesome Things To Make on a CNC Mini Router

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

The new Shapeoko 3…
CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days.  Whether you’re talking about inexpensive kits like the Shapeoko or finished ready-to-go-to-work units like the Nomad, there are a bunch of choices available to makers and CNC enthusiasts looking for a good way to start out with CNC. I got to see…

Amateur Clockmaking Manual Machining Style

May 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  12 Comments

Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…
The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be…

9 Completely Frivolous Things You Could Make on Your Expensive CNC Machine

Apr 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments

We sent men to the Moon with it and much more, but CNC can also be such a decadent luxury.  No matter what you make with CNC, it takes on that certain look of mechanical perfection.  Nature is filled with organic curves, so when we see CNC’d objects, they’re particularly profound in their man-made contrast.…

Use a Robot to Change Milling Vise Jaws? Yes, Please!

Apr 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’m always fascinated by the degree of automation that’s possible in CNC manufacturing.  There’s certainly no end of pallet changers and similar methods for loading workpieces, but how about a robot that swaps out your vise jaws?  Almost anything is possible if you’ve got the cash to automate.  Check out this neat video of one…

Using a Microwave to Heat Bearings for Fitting

Apr 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  15 Comments

I had to check carefully that this wasn’t an April Fool’s deal, but it is apparently real.  Neat trick:

I gotta say, it’s a pretty slick idea that I’m dying to try on my wife’s microwave.
This one about balancing rotating machinery is also interesting:

I’ve got a crazy idea we can predict chatter frequencies…

Dave Decaussin Makes a Floating Tap Holder

Apr 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Dave Decaussin is one of the heroes of our CNC industry.  He was one of the original founders at Fadal, which they sold some years ago.  He’s been quite active since on various projects and has a great YouTube channel with a number of videos of projects he’s been working on.
He’s built several different…

Other Machine: Tiny Machines for Giant Dreams

Mar 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments

Mobile CNC, anyone?  The OtherMILL is easy to tote from place to place…
CNCCookbook recently had a visit from the coolest little CNC machine and its two handlers.  This is unusual from a number of standpoints.  First, CNC machines aren’t really known for being mobile.  Sure, there has been the odd exception, but to have…

New 3D Printing Process is 25X Faster and Gives a Better Finish

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

I’ve said it before, having access to good chemistry is an imperative for innovation in the 3D Printing space.  This new process from Carbon3D really emphasizes that point.  It’s designed for 3D printers that rely on photo-sensitive resins (SLA or Stereolithography) rather than filament extrusion, but it can make those printers dramatically faster as well…

New Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill Arrives at CNCCookbook

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  21 Comments

We’ve been so busy lately with one project after the other here at CNCCookbook, but it has been a lot of fun. The latest news is we’ve taken delivery on a brand new Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill with all the trimmings–Tool Changer, Full Enclosure, Spindle Speeder, and a bunch of other goodies.
That also meant…

Keep Eyes Peeled for OnShape: The Next Generation in CAD Software

Mar 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  49 Comments

Nope, it’s not a SolidWorks rendering, it’s onShape…
Today, SolidWorks is pretty much the reigning King of CAD software for the CNC world.  We certainly confirmed that with our CAD survey:

Solidworks dominates the Pro category…
But what would happen if you could assemble most of the founding team that originally built SolidWorks?  What if…

Tormach Moves From Mach3 to LinuxCNC: PathPilot

Feb 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  36 Comments

We usually don’t do News Stories, per se, but this is really big news in the lower end CNC Controller world.
I just got the announcement today that Tormach is releasing PathPilot for Beta Test.
I’ve had a chance for a while to use the first incarnation of Path Pilot with my Tormach Slant Bed…

3D Printing News: Formlabs Gets New Supports, Higher Resolution, Flexible, and Castable Resins

Jan 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments

It’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) season and we’re seeing tons of 3D printing news around that.  I’ll be doing several posts to bring the highlights of this news to CNCCookbook’s readers so you can see what’s significant without wading through all the other press about it.  For this installment, I want to focus on some…

A Little Bit of CNC Goes A Long Way

Dec 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

Many of us are vexed by the question our non-machinist friends love to ask, “What do you make with all those fancy tools?”  All too often the answer is, “More tools.”  That always leads to the perplexed friend wrinkling their brow, shaking their heads, and moving on, not understanding what the obsession is.
Sometimes we…

CNC’ing a Triple Expansion Marine Steam Engine

Dec 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

If you’re like me you’ve always admired those gorgeous little working models of complex steam engines.  Companies like Stuart offer castings for these lovely beasts so that mere mortals have a shot at owning one.  These models are quite expensive to buy new and are also expensive assembled in the aftermarket.  Who wouldn’t want one…

3D Printing Abstract Art

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

3D Printing lends itself extremely well to printing abstract art.  Here is a gallery of some typical examples:

Mercedes Show Car…

HexaRing…

Hypnospace…

Jennifer McCurdy…

Vase made of 2 3D Printed Components:  Base + Vase…
 
Spiralis…

Harry Bishop…

Also Harry Bishop…

Ponoko…

Torolf Sauermann Moebius…
These are all pins from the CNCCookbook Pinterest Album on…

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