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Scary Robot Videos for Halloween

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I was trying to think of a couple of good Halloween posts for CNC Cookbook and decided to do one fun one (3D Printing Jack O Lanters) and one a little more scary.  People have typically painted robots as scary machines bent on killing human kind.  So far, nobody has built such things yet, but…

3D Print Some Jack O’ Lanterns for Halloween

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

Making ornaments and decorations is a tailor-made task for 3D printers.  Here’s a couple from a post over on 3D’ers.org:

Neat little USB-powered Jack O’ Lantern…

3D printed Jack O’ Lantern lights…

How would you ever make something like this without 3D printing?…

V12 Espresso Machine: La Dolce Vita!

Oct 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

If you can imagine it, you can build it with CNC.  That’s what I love about CNC.
Here is a ridiculously cool Espresso machine, made up to look just like a V12 engine.  The ultimate garage accessory?

Crema on that espresso shot looks good…

Love how the put the heat colors on the exhausts!


20 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles and Pages of the Last 6 Months

Every so often I like to tally up our most popular articles so the newcomers don’t miss them.  Here it is, the Magnum Opus, get ready to feast:
1.  CNCCookbook G-Code Course
Our free g-code course is perennially popular and has become a go-to resource for the community.  If you don’t know the g-code yet,…

Quarter Scale Fuel-Injected DOHC V8 Engine

Oct 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

We CNC’ers don’t know how easy we’ve got it, but one look at this quarter scale V8 told me that builder Keith5700 from Home Model Engine Machinist is nothing short of an amazing craftsman.  HMEM is one of my favorite hobby machining boards as it is filled not only with amazing craftsmanship but also genuinely…

Building a 40% Scale 1927 Miller 91 Race Car With 3D Printing

Oct 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

What happens when a talented designer, Bill Gould of Gould Studios, gets together with a serious 3D printing shop (C.Ideas) to build a cool 40% scale model of an antique race car?
The technologies and results of this project are nothing less than amazing.  Best of all, they’ve made a detailed video so we can…

Check Out Our New CADCAM Wizards Video Tour

Oct 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

The positive response to our new CADCAM Wizards feature in G-Wizard Calculator has been overwhelming.
CADCAM Wizards are a whole new approach to Feeds and Speeds for CNC machinists.  They work the way your CAM software does to quickly create a recipe for each individual CAM operation. Powerful algorithms in CADCAM Wizard consider thousands of…

Lots of Great New Features in G-Wizard Calculator v1.99

Sep 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Facemilling feeds and speeds

-If you’re wondering why it’s been so quiet on the blog (I even skipped last week’s weekly email), it’s because I’ve been busy on this release.  Boy is there a lot of new goodness in it!
New Facemill Wizard
For starters, I added a new CADCAM Wizard: the Facemill Wizard joins the Pocket, 2D Profiling,…

CNC Business Idea: Personalized 3D Products

Sep 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

Ever come across a really neat custom bumper hitch?  Does your truck have a custom bumper hitch?
Many of those launched someone’s CNC business.  Fire up the milling machine and pretty soon you have a custom hitch cover that sends a very personalized message.  Mine is the familiar red with white stripe “Divers Below” flag.…

New Machine Day: Tormach CNC Lathe

Sep 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  13 Comments

It’s new machine day here at CNCCookbook, and that’s always fun for any shop.  We’ve just gotten our pre-release version of the upcoming Tormach CNC Lathe uncrated.  Here’s a few pix:

This right here is BOB’s lathe!

Hang on, this is not how I remember it from Wisconsin.  Oops, it’s backwards–turn it around…

That’s how…

Elon Musk Demonstrates Tony Stark “Ironman” Style CAD UI

Sep 6, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  2 Comments

I saw this extremely cool video on Mashable and was quite taken with it.  Manipulating objects in 3D in your CAD program definitely takes a little getting used to.  I would love to try this and see whether it just feels a lot more intuitive.  In this video SpaceX and Tesla Founder Elon Musk is…

The Art and Craftsmanship of Zeamon

Sep 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  9 Comments

People ask me all the time what I do for a living.  My stock answer is that I build software for the Manufacturing sector.  Boring.  What I should do is tell them I make software to help people create things like the fantastic Orrery below.  Isn’t it amazing?  That description would touch a lot more…

Introducing Next Generation Feeds and Speeds with CADCAM Wizard

Aug 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I’ve been teasing a bit about the “Next Big Thing” for G-Wizard Calculator, and it’s time to take the covers off so you can see what we’ve been working on.  We call it CADCAM Wizard, and it’s purpose is to radically simplify calculation of feeds and speeds while at the same time giving much more…

The Odd Goings-On Of Burning Man Through a CNC Lens

Aug 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  4 Comments
Burning Man 2011

A photo essay of CNC’d things for Burning Man.  Each one clicks through to the source.

Gift Necklaces…

Star of the City is a towering monument honoring NYC’s burner community at Burning Man’s 2013 Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.).  In other words, they’re going to light it on fire at Burning Man.

With a Shopbot…

Gearhead CNC Art: Skull Piston Shifter

Aug 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

If I were a Gearhead CNC’er, what would I make?  Maybe one of these shifters made from a piston.  Hard to say this one was CNC’d, but it sure is cool!…


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