- The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 1 on
- Using G-Wizard Editor’s New Soft Limit Alarms to Help Spot Crashes Before They Happen on
- Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This on
- Installing a Tool Turret on the Tormach Lathe: Part 1 on
- The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 6 on
We featured Kingjamez’ video on making an aluminum AR-15 lower receiver on a small hobby mill (Sieg X3) quite a while back. He used our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds successfully, and I was tickled to get a note from him recently about his use of G-Wizard for this project:
Just wanted to write and say thanks for GWizard. I’m a hobbiest (you featured my youtube video of my CNC’d AR-15 a couple years ago) and have a tiny CNC Mill, but thanks to GWizard my first efforts at machining 6AL-4V titanium went flawlessly. I used high speed machining techniques (at low speed, and inspired by your HSM blog post) on my little X3 mill and was able to make deep passes that had great surface finish the on the very first cut.… Read the rest
Have you ever wanted to own your own CNC Business?
One of the first things you have to figure out is what to sell. There’s a range of opportunities out there, but typically you want to choose your business strategy so it fits one of three styles:
1. You’re building the absolute best product of its kind.
2. You’re building the cheapest product of its kind.
3. You’re building a product for a particular market niche that #1 and #2 do not serve very well.
I really like going after #1 just because the passion around doing the very best helps drive the marketing and is more fun for me too. … Read the rest
I came across this article on the 1911 Forum and it scratches two itches:
– I’m a major 1911 fan–it’s my favorite handgun to shoot.
– It’s always a treat to see a machinist go crazy and do something custom that mere mortals don’t have access to. Fellow machinists: that’s one reason we like to be machinists, is it not?
For the full article, go to the link above. Meanwhile, here’s a few “teaser” photos:
Milling. Lotsa coolant swirling around–that’s a good thing…
Shiny fixture: Cool Beans!
Here’s what it’s good for…
I’ve done a little trigger work on my 1911, but I’d love to build a full custom pistol some time, with all the CNC’d trimmings.… Read the rest
I just signed up for Moedls, which is an inexpensive 3D Scanner project on Kickstarter. It uses a turntable, a red laser, a green laser, and your phone’s camera to generate a 3D model of whatever you put on the 9″ turntable. Cost to buy in early is as low as $199. I went for the Early Backer Advanced Scanner for $249. They need to raise $40,000 for the project to become a reality, so we’ll see how it goes. The idea of an inexpensive 3D scanner seems very appealing. I hope to get a chance to play with it.
Here is a video of the Moedls:… Read the rest
G-Wizard customer Lepton Heavy Industries has a neat blog post out about building a mechanical iris. I don’t know why, but these darned things have always fascinated me.
This particular project uses a laser cutter to make the iris out of Baltic Birch, and it is based on a ShopBot CNC Router article by Chris Schaie that has extensive details for constructing an iris. He imports the DXF into Corel Draw and uses the latter to scale to size for his material:
As you can see, it’s a very nesting-intensive sort of project if you want to get full use of your material. … Read the rest
I took a course in Blacksmithing at the local community college. It was a lot of fun, but seemed like the furthest thing from CNC and automated manufacturing. Seems that where there is a will, there is a way. I give you the Hebo automated blacksmithing machine:
No need to worry about it replacing the artistry of blacksmithing, but it’s still a neat machine to watch in action. There’s some interesting mechanisms at work here.
Love the old, “Money, money, money” soundtrack too!… Read the rest
I’ve just added another category to our blog: 3D Printing. Categories are a way for you to dial in a bunch of articles that all share a common theme. We range pretty far and wide here on CNCCookbook, so it is sometimes helpful to be able to focus in on one category or another. You’ll find our current list of categories in the left hand navigation bar on our blog pages.
Our 3D Printing category already has a bunch of great articles in it:
Manufacturing is Cool Again: It’s About Time
Have you noticed that manufacturing is cool again? Seems like it has been a long time. … Read the rest
Long time readers will know I am fascinated by Barbots–robotic bar tenders that can mix up cocktails. I just saw Bartendro on Kickstarter and thought it was neat:
The biggest problem with a Barbot is how to measure out the drink ingredients. You need a way to meter multiple ingredients (15 in Bartendro’s most complex and expensive incarnation) that is food safe and easily cleaned. I’ve seen Barbots with various tipping mechanisms that try to pour the alcohol from a bottle the way a human bartender would. I’ve also seen them that use a valve that is opened for a specific time interval. … Read the rest
Have you noticed that manufacturing is cool again? Seems like it has been a long time. But, thanks to 3D printing and a new DIY/Maker movement, there are definite signs that manufacturing is cool again and that the mainstream public is very interested in it. Here’s a sampling of the cool:
A number of big brands are announcing personalized manufacturing initiatives that involved 3D printing. For example, the athletic shoe companies are really jumping (no pun intended!) on the 3D printing and custom manufacturing bandwagon. New Balance is going to offer customized 3D printed spikes to the soles of their shoes:
They monitor athletes with over 100 sensors to determine the optimal placement of the spikes based on that athlete’s specific footwork. … Read the rest
As soon as I saw this video I thought, “What a cool product.” It’s a portable EDM sinker that can be used to remove broken taps and drill bits. EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) can literally disintegrate metal like Marvin the Martian’s Ray Gun. It’s a fascinating process, and there are parts that are impossible to make any other way. This little gizmo applies EDM to the problem of removing a broken tap or drill bit from the workpiece. This is a problem we’ve all had at one time or another that generally leads to some strong language. If you’ve got a workpiece you’ve invested a lot of work in, it’s very expensive to start over. … Read the rest
Came across this unique drag knife from Donek Tools and thought it was very slick:
The video demo shows some pretty amazingly sharp cuts being made at high speeds because the knife orients itself. It takes ordinary utility knife blades and comes in 2 sizes.
Donek founder Sean Martin invented the Donek Drag Knife to cut graphics for the custom snow boards he was making on his Shopbot CNC Router.… Read the rest
What if CNC machines could cook?
I’m not sure what took me down this odd path, other than that I recently made up a batch of Texas Chili Fudge and a batch of Peppermint Bark for a Christmas Eve Party. I have been dimly aware of some CNC cake decorating projects, and I confess to a fascination with cocktail robotics, but there is an odd little niche that involves using CNC to cook. Since the Holiday Season can be very food oriented for some, why not take a look at a couple of these slick design concepts from Marcelo Coelho’s project Cornucopia:
The Digital Chocolatier dispenses ingredients into a thermoelectrically heated mixing cup to produce a custom confection…
The Virtuoso Mixer is all about automatically assembling your ingredients…
I like this last machine particularly. … Read the rest
Make Magazine ran a fascinating interview of Fon Davis, who runs a neat movie prop making company called Fonco Creative. It included a great video tour of his workshop:
Be sure to check out the original article for a bunch more photos and information.
I’ve noticed over the years that there seems to be a fairly significant underground community of people making props both for the film industry but also just for fun. Always fun to see what they’re up to, and it often includes some CNC or some techniques that any CNC’er would find interesting and useful.… Read the rest
I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the brief blog posting on Engine Turning, Jeweling, and Guilloche was the most popular post last week. It seems that others share my fetish for these interesting decorative machine arts. As a result, I wanted to share a couple of great videos that really show how Guilloche (that’s pronounced “Gee-o-shay”) is done with a machine called a “Rose Engine”. Perhaps the idea that a Rose Engine is used results in the use of the term “Engine Turning” for Guilloche. I like that latter term better. It’s more elegant and Engine Turning has become firmly entrenched in many minds as being the little abrasive circles that appear on metal. … Read the rest
Sometime, when you’re not doing much else, Google “engine turning”. You’ll find a number of extremely fascinating entries:
Classic engine turning by Eamonn Keogh…
That photo is what we classically mean by “engine turning” here in the States. It goes by a number of other names as well:
Damascene / Damascening (particularly for firearm bolts)
Mottling (especially in the UK)
It is a purely decorative effect that is quite pleasing. Even more elaborate, more impressive, and also called “engine turning”, is the work done for fine jewelry, cufflinks, clocks, and similar purposes:
This work is often referred to as “guilloche” and to my way of thinking it’s more a type of engraving than engine turner. … Read the rest