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Tormach Lathe Tooling and News on a Shipping Date

Jan 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  18 Comments

I wanted to give another update on my Tormach CNC Lathe this week.  I’ve been one of the Beta Testers.  Good news is that Tormach has announced the Beta Test is winding down and they’re hoping to make first sales in Q1 2014–right around the corner, in other words.  I know from my perspective the…

Von Dutch’s Toolbox

Jan 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I saw this one over on Garage Journal, which is a very cool web site if you like garage and home shop organizational articles.  Here is Von Dutch’s tool box:

I love it just for the hand lettering (if you didn’t know, Von Dutch was an amazing pin striper of hot rods, among many other…

What’s Dell Going to Do With 5000 3D Printers?

Jan 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

Just read an interesting story on 3Ders.org:  Dell has just ordered 5000 3D printers from Polish-maker Zortrax.
Zortrax went through a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the development of the printer, and they’ve now launched their product and are apparently geared up for very large orders such as this one from Dell.
It’s a slick…

A 3D Printer for Mad Max, Martian Astronauts, and Burning Men

Jan 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  3 Comments

This was just too cool to pass up.  Suppose you are in a post apocalyptic dessert world or perhaps an astronaut on Mars.  You’d like to do some 3D printing, but there’s no source of filament.  Just dessert and sunlight as far as the eye can see.  Well, if you had this 3D printer, you…

Take the 2014 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  8 Comments

Another year is upon so it is once again time to do a big survey.  I like to alternate CAD and CAM surveys year by year.  We did a CAD survey last year and a CAM survey at the end of 2012.  These surveys are very popular because we always get several hundred respondents and…

Extreme CNC: Diamond Wire Cutting Granite Into Exotic Shapes

Jan 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

Here’s something you don’t see every day–granite being cut by a giant CNC diamond wire cutter into these exotic shapes for art and architectural use.  Here are some samples of this kind of work:

Pretty amazing work from stone!
And here is the Breton CNC Machine that makes it possible:
As you can see, the…

Details: Essential for Successful CNC Design

Jan 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

CNC has the potential to make any imagined design real, and perhaps successful as a product.  There is an element of art if the design is inspired enough.  Perhaps you’re thinking of designing the ultimate CNC product of some kind.  Maybe it’s purely for your personal enjoyment, or maybe you have in mind something that…

CNCCookbook’s Most Popular Pages and Posts of 2013

Dec 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

2013 is just about done and I can say with certainty what the most popular pages and blog posts have been for CNCCookbook over the course of the last year.  If you didn’t catch these the first time through, be sure to check them out as they’ve gotten a lot of attention from your peers.  …

Latest Neat 3D Printing Products

Dec 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

We’ve only got one weekly CNCCookbook Blog email newsletter left for 2013, and I’ve decided two things about it.  First, it’ll be short–people are busy with their holidays.  And second, it’ll be about fun cool stuff, again, because people are busy with their holidays.
This installment is a compendium of cool 3D printing products that…

Game of Drones: A CNC Project Waiting to Happen

Dec 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Hobby drones have come a long ways.  The ubiquitious quad copters are available in all price ranges and it’s becoming almost routine to see video shot from them.  What’s not so routine are combat drones.  We do see robot wars of various kinds, but these are aerial robots, and they’re not autonomous.  Rather, they have…

Neat Desktop CNC Wire Bender

Nov 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

Long time readers will know I have something of a fetish for odd CNC machines.  I spied this cool little CNC Wire Bender on the Tormach Blog and couldn’t resist passing it along:

Here’s the full on demo…
The guts of the machine look something like this:

Gears, steppers, and timing belts, oh my!

G-Code Robotics and Face Milling a Titanium Caribiner

Nov 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

These two para-biners have a finish called “Gonzodizing”…
Once upon a time, Caribiners were exotic mountain climbing equipment.  Eventually, someone started using them to clip keychains to their belts and the like, and they became a fashion statement.  Once things are fashion statements and cool, there’s no telling where they go from there.  In this…

Start a CNC Business Around What You Love

Nov 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool  //  13 Comments

One of things I try to do on this blog is pass along some entrepreneurial insights.  CNCCookbook is the fourth company I’ve started from scratch and the 7th startup I’ve been a part of.  I love being a small business owner and I want everyone who wants to do the same to get as much…

A Tale of Two Neat Little CNC Mills

Nov 16, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

Came across two neat little mills in the last week that I wanted to share.  It’s intriguing that they’re so similar in size.  I’ll also put my likes and dislikes down.
This Mill is Nomadic and Likes to Be Moved
Prototrak has this neat little 2nd op mill that is so easy to move it…

Apple to Build New Solar-Powered Manufacturing Facility in Arizona

Nov 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing  //  1 Comment

After years of gutting US manufacturing with offshoring, it’s good to hear there’s some new manufacturing being built in America again.  Apple apparently plans to build a new facility in Arizona that they say will create 2000 new jobs.  The story is that this facility will be used to manufacture sapphire crystal to be used…




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