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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
PistonSkullShifter

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!…

Tormach’s New CNC Lathe: Trip Report

Aug 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  11 Comments
FirstPart

I’m just back from visiting Tormach to play with their new CNC lathe.  I’m involved in their pre-release Beta Test program and am purchasing one of these lathes for my own shop.
What’s it like to visit Tormach?
The best word I have for it is “Exhilarating.”  Everyone I met there is very bright, experienced,…

Get Kids Into Manufacturing With Guitar Building Camp

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments
GuitarCamp1

I love this idea.  As a musician (keyboard player) all all-around music lover, I understand the power of music.  There’s not much that’s more powerful when it comes to influencing positive change because it reaches out and grabs you at an intuitive level.
In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program…

3D Printing an Aston Martin DB4

Aug 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments
DB4Hood

Or at least 3D printing a plug from which a mold will be made from which a fiberglass body will be made.  Auckland, New Zealander Ivan Sentch has quite a project underway.  He’s building this plug using a Solidoodle 3D printer, which only has a 4″ x 4″ capacity.  So how do you build a…

The Crazy Things 3D Printed Robots Can Do

Jul 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

I recently came across 2 great articles that show the amazing possibilities for robotics technology that can be made by talented individuals in the era of Desktop Manufacturing:
3D Printed Robot can crack your phone’s PIN in 20 hours or less
Imagine trying all possible 4 digit combinations in order to guess someone’s PIN and…

Laser Sintering: A New High Resolution 3D Printing Process Coming As Soon As Patents Expire

Jul 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
laser sintered part

Laser Sintering, or Selecting Laser Sintering as it is more properly known, is a process available today on expensive industrial 3D printers.  But, it has not been available to low cost 3D printers chiefly because the technology is locked up by various patents.  We saw the same sort of thing with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)…

3D Printing Steel Muscle Car Body Panels

Jul 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Olds442Scoops

I am a total gearhead-car lover.  In fact, I got interested in machining and CNC largely through my interest in cars.  I will admit, I have spent more time on the CNC than the cars in the meanwhile, but the interest has never left me.  It’s amazing what you can make for cars with CNC,…

Remembering the Woman Machinists of World War 2

Jul 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments

Most of you will have seen that we like to use photographs of female machinists from World War 2 like the one above on our product pages.  I chose these photos because they are evocative of the “can-do” mentality that we Americans have always had and that is particularly strong among those who make things…

10 Most Popular Articles and Posts for the First Half of 2013

Jun 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments
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Every so often, we like to let you know what our “Greatest Hits” are so you don’t miss out on them. We’re about mid-year, so this is a good time to take stock of what’s been successful over the last 6 months in terms of getting the most views.
To be honest, we never know…

CNC Engraved 1911 Trigger Shoes

Jun 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments
custom 1911 trigger shoes

There are a lot of hobbies that involve customization–custom cars, custom guitars, and custom guns, just to name a few.  CNC is an ideal medium for doing such customization, and I’m always on the lookout for something new and interesting.  One time I came across some custom fasteners that were really neat.  This week I…

3D Printed Phone Case is Kinetic Art

Jun 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
KineticArtPhoneCase

One of the fascinating things about 3D printing is its ability to print things with moving parts.  That’s something that seems almost magical and nearly impossible (or at least seldom seen) with traditional subtracting machining (you know, turning and milling).
How about a 3D printed phone case that is Kinetic Art with moving gears?
That’s…

Carbon Fiber Ghost Watch

Jun 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment
jacob-and-co-carbon-fiber-ghost-watch

Okay, I admit it.  I am a sucker for all cool things manufactured via CNC and using cool materials like Titanium or Carbon Fiber.  Couldn’t pass up this wild carbon fiber wrist watch:

I’ve written not too long ago about molding parts from carbon fiber, specifically wingtips for a fighter plane turned air-racer.  If you…

Wonder how a 3D Printed Guitar Sounds?

Jun 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment
electric-guitar-3d-printed-atom-3

Since seeing the emergence of 3D printed guitars and running the article on the Americana Guitar, I’ve been wondering how they really sound.  There’s no doubt they look cool and are very unique, but in the end, it’s the sound that matters.
The same designer that did the Americana, Olaf Diegel, has done quite a…

More on Using CNC’s as General-Purpose Motion Platforms

Jun 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments
NASAPiper

Our recent article on using CNC’s as general-purpose motion platforms has gotten a response from Tormach’s blog with even more great examples.  They go into some detail about how a Tormach Mill was used to help wind a special component for NASA’s Piper mission:

Creating these intricate arrays of tiny wire filaments was obviously a…

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