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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…

3D Printed Americana Guitar

Jun 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments
americana-guitar-3d-printed-2

I came across this one browsing 3Ders.org and thought it appropriate since the Fourth of July is coming up in a month:

Guitar body is 3D printed stars and stripes…

The interior is filled with various icons of Americana, including the Statue of Libery…

Nice spot for a bald eagle…
I’d be really curious to…

DARPA’s Pick-Pocket Drone Robot

May 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  6 Comments
robot arm drone

I’m not sure that this has anything to do with CNC, other than that it had to have been made with a lot of CNC work, but I came across this picture of a DARPA-funded Drone that has a robot arm attached:

Can’t you just see this goofy thing swooping in to foil some despotic…

An Entire 3D Printed City?

May 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
Stockholm_1

Modelers must love 3D printers, especially those with decent resolution that make small plastic parts with fine details.  How about a model of an entire city done with a 3D Printer?
That’s what architectural firm Mitekgruppen did for Stockholm:

A 48 square meter model of Stockholm…
A Stratasys 3D Printer was used to create over…

What If Dyson Made CNC Routers Instead of Vacuum Cleaners?

May 14, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  10 Comments

Here’s a cool CNC Router made by Michael Warren who is the James Dyson Fellow at the Royal College of Art’s InnovationRCA.  It’s a portable CNC Router and his web site is Grow CNC.
Check out the video (can’t go wrong with Johnny Cash on the soundtrack):…

Tale of Two Engines: Giant Crankshaft and World’s Smallest V12

May 6, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

Two great videos for machinists and engine lovers.
First, this big brute.  Marine or industrial crankshaft of some kind:

In contrast is this “World’s Smallest V12″:

The creator is a retired Spanish naval machinist.…

Desktop Manufacturing is Here With Two Amazing Announcements

May 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment
Staples-Cube-Printer

First announcement:  Staples will be selling 3D Printers from their website, and soon right in the store.  They’ll be offering the Cube 3D Printer for $1299.

Staples will be selling the Cube 3D Printer for $1299…
Second announcement:  The world’s first completely 3D printed gun was shown.  There are only 2 non-3D printed parts: a…

G-Wizard Customer Fox Engineering Builds Custom Fuel Injection Systems for Hot Rodders

Apr 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment
Fuel Injected Big Block Chevy

I got a nice note from Josh Bentley recently, talking about how he used G-Wizard and his Industrial Hobbies CNC Mill to do some amazing fuel injection work for his company Fox Engineering. Here are some samples:

502 Cubic Inch Big Block Chevy in a Steel Deuce Hot Rod…

Cross Ram Fuel Injection Setup for…

Hexapod Robotic CNC Router Walks to the Site of the Work to Be Done

Apr 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

This is a cool little Hexapod robot I came across:

The resolution on the 3D face looks pretty darned good.  I’m imagining combining this sort of technology with sensors that let it precisely locate itself via some optics.  You’d have a ‘bot that you could turn loose to carve large areas with 3D relief carvings,…

CNC’ing the World’s Ultimate Pizza Cutter

Apr 17, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

I’ve recently written that there’s always a market for the very best of any product type and this story from Tormach’s blog is a great example.  Imagine what the world’s ultimate pizza cutter would be and you’ve got to come pretty close to Frankie Flood’s art:

I love the idea of the course he describes…

Machining a Titanium AR-15 Lower Receiver on a Hobby Mill

Apr 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments

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…

CNC Project Ideas: Super Custom CNC Products

Apr 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  2 Comments
cnc billet suspension

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…

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