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Hybrid Machining: Combining Additive and Subtractive in One Machine

Aug 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment
GartnerHypeCycle2014

If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that there’s been a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing.  It seems like every day brings yet another new consumer 3D printer on Kickstarter of someplace else and it’s not clear what the new kid on the block can do that the old ones…

Check Out 3DHubs: A Place To Sell Your 3D Printer’s Time and Use Other 3D Printers

Aug 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments
3DHubs

Are you bemoaning the fact that you don’t have a 3D Printer but you’d like to have one of your designs 3D printed?  3DHubs will take your STL file, help you locate a nearby 3D Printer that’s part of their community, and pretty soon you’ll be off to visit the printer and get your part…

Neat CNC Router-Made Standing Desk Requires No Fasteners

Aug 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  12 Comments
CNCRouterStandingDesk

Before there was metal, there was wood, at least in my shop.  I didn’t get into CNC at that point in my life, many years ago, but I was way into custom cabinetry.  I always admired the Japanese designs that required no fasteners–everything was held together through a cunning combination of tension and pegs.  Someday…

SOLS Systems Launches Custom 3D Printed Orthotics

Aug 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
SOLSOrthotic

I’ve said for a long time that a great use for 3D printing is personalization.  The disadvantages of additive manufacturing versus subtractive (traditional machine tool) manufacturing are minimized when we’re talking about making a one-off.  3D printers have been known as great prototyping tools for a long time, but there are classes of product where…

Project Idea: CNC’d Flashlights

Jun 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments
FlashChromeGroovy

You’d like to collect something made via CNC, or perhaps you just need a one off project or a gift idea.  What’s rugged, well suited to that odd modern adjective “Tactical”, made via CNC, and just the thing when firearms and knives are not your cup of tea.  How about making your own very cool…

Lost Wax Casting with 3D Printers

Jun 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
fixer14

One of the chief limitations of hobby scale 3D printing is its inability to print metal.  Yes, there are commercial 3D printers that can print metal, even exotic metals like Inconel.  But the cost of such 3D printers is prohibitive for all but the most high end applications.
What’s a poor 3D printing hobbyist to…

Top Blog Posts and CNC Machining Articles for First Half of 2014

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  No Comments

We’re close to the half way point on the year and as always, I like to pass along which blog posts and articles (articles being those pages outside the CNCCookbook blog proper) have been the most popular.  We have several thousand CNC articles on the site, and there are a lot of undiscovered treasures.  Hopefully…

One Wheeled Electric Scooters

Jun 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments
OneWheelSciFi

One Wheeled Scooters:  they’re not as good as flying cars, but they are pretty cool!
I try to balance the editorial content here at CNCCookbook between learning the art of CNC Manufacturing (you never stop learning, experts and beginners alike) and showing off inspirational articles about CNC Projects you could build or that others have…

BarMixvah: 3D Printing a Robotic Bartender

May 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
BarMixVah1

I really love the idea of Food– and Drink-Making CNC Projects, being an amateur chef who has been a guest chef a number of times at our local restaurants.  This is the most complete project I’ve come across yet for building your own barbot–a robotic bartender that mixes drinks.  It’s called “BarMixvah” and was created…

Tactia: Not Quite Full CNC But Much More than Hand Tools

May 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments
Taktia2

Remember those MIT students that had the crazy handheld “CNC” router?  That was one of the all-time popular articles for CNCCookbook back in the day.  Well, it seems they’ve started a company they call Tactia to build these routers and a lot more.  It’s not quite full CNC, but much more than ordinary hand tools.  …

Building the Rostock MAX v2 Printer, Part 4: First Part Printed

May 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments
GlueStickBedLiner

With one more session of fiddling, the CNCCookbook Rostock MAX v2 was mechanically and electronically complete and it was time for the next stage:  calibration followed by printing the first part.  We got through the fiddling, calibration, and first part in one long afternoon–about 4 hours.
The calibration took the longest, and we encountered some…

Carbide 3D’s Nomad: Dawn of Vertical Integration for Desktop CNC

Apr 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  18 Comments
Copyright Courtney Lindberg Photography

Many believe that Apple’s incredible success is due to its Vertical Integration Strategy.  The idea behind Vertical Integration is that by owning more of parts needed to create a complete solution its possible to make a much better solution.  Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many of the critical productivity apps in its…

What if Porsche Made CNC Machining Centers?

Apr 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  1 Comment
Porsche

I was recently contacted by the West Coast Office of Datron Dynamics.  It seems they were interested in getting G-Wizard Calculator into the hands of their customers.  Their machines are, to use their word, Unconventional.  For one thing, they all have very high speed spindles, which makes Feeds and Speeds problematic.  Even if you’re an…

Can 3D Printed Ice Cubes Make Your Whiskey Taste Better?

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments
whiskey2

Start with Autodesk’s 123D Catch software that converts photos to 3D models.  Add a CNC Router with high speed spindle that’s in a chamber chilled to -7 degrees C.  Take a block of ice made from the finest pure spring water and slice a smaller blank from it.  Place the ice onto the the CNC…

5 3D Printing Clock Projects

Apr 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment
IconClock

Long time CNCCookbook readers will have come across my project-in-planning Astronomical Clock.  It’s one of those projects I promise myself I will be devoted to when my life is a little less busy (does that time ever come?).  Meanwhile, with a new 3D Printer on its way to CNCCookbook (just got the tracking notice yesterday,…

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