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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…

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  //  6 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…

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