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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…

Derby the Dog Runs for the First Time With 3D Printed Prosthetics

Dec 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

The Holiday Season is all about miracles, so I wanted to run at least one story about a miracle CNCCookbook readers might appreciate.  With the help of 3D Systems personnel and 3D Printer, Derby the Dog has new prosthetics that let him run for the first time.
Derby was born with deformed front legs.  He…

Breaking News: Shapeoko and Carbide 3D Join Forces

Dec 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  2 Comments

This is big news for the CNC For The Rest Of Us Market:  Shapeoko has now joined forces with Carbide 3D, makers of the Nomad CNC Mill.  CNCCookbook has an exclusive interview on this new parternship with Rob Grzesek and Edward Ford.  

Rob Grzesek is a founder at Carbide 3D and the developer for MeshCAM……

3D Printing for RC Plane Modelers and Drone Builders

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

I was an avid model builder in my youth, and carried it forward into adulthood when I was much younger by building RC (Radio Controlled) Planes.  My biggest problem was that the planes took a long time to build relative to the length of time I could fly one before crashing it.  I think I…

The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Mix One CNC Lathe And a Brilliant Product Idea. Result: Kickstarter Success

Nov 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  5 Comments

Came across this neat project on Kickstarter in an email from the iBox 3D Printer people (who 3D printed one of these little tops):

Manufacturing the Foreverspin Top on a CNC Lathe

Optional Forever Base…
The best ideas are often the simplest.  They’re easily grasped and can resonate with a large audience.  By CNC’ing a…

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?

Oct 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments

Is HP’s New 3D Printing Technology a Game Changer?
Many of the pundits certainly think so, and Hewlett Packard certainly has both the track record and the resources to create a game changer.  Because of that, I took the time to go through all of the information on their announcement I could, and I have…

Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  …

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 6

Oct 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  1 Comment

This is part 6 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
You didn’t think we were done building a Tony Stark-inspired workshop, did you?  I just needed a little break to do the research involved for the next installment.  That’s really what the series is about–looking out for the way cool products that any…

The Coolest 3D Printed Project I Have Seen To Date

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

German genius Dieter Michael Krone has 3D printed a gun that automatically folds and launches paper airplanes:

Cool beans!  Don’t you just want to take that thing up to the top of the Empire State Building or something?…

The Ultimate Tony Start Inspired Workshop, Part 5

Oct 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

This is part 5 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
In this installment, we’ll be taking a look at what sort of 3D Printers a workshop like this might include.  There are a number of different 3D Printing technologies available, and no one process is suitable for all parts, so we’ll take a…

 

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