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Lost Wax Casting with 3D Printers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,…

AtomicCNC: Revolutionary New 3D Printing Process

Apr 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments

3D printing is great stuff, but the reaction of many is that it is either a toy or at best only suited to prototype work.  Most 3D printing processes are too slow and too inaccurate to be used for full-scale manufacturing.  Until now.
I recently found out about an entirely new 3D Printing process invented…

Foodini: 3D Printing Food in Your Kitchen for $1000

Mar 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Are you ready for this?
Foodini has launched a Kickstarter program to sell their 3D Printer for Food.  The machine hails from Barcelona, Spain from a company called Natural Machines.  The earliest “investors” on Kickstarter will be able to get a Foodini 3D Food Printer for $999.  The Foodini retail price will be $1300.
The…

10 Cool Design Projects From Kickstarter

Mar 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

The exciting thing about CNC is you can make almost anything you can imagine.  For some, even more exciting is the prospect of owning their own business manufacturing products they have designed.  In the Internet Age that’s a lot more possible than you might think given the leg up in marketing services like Kickstarter can…

A Gearotic Project Video Start to Finish

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  No Comments

Gearotic is Art Fenerty’s specialized CADCAM program for gear design.  Art is the man who wrote the original versions of Mach3, so he knows a thing or two about CNC.  I have wanted a good video that will both teach you what Gearotic is capable of and also be related to a real project.  Art’s…

CNC Project Ideas: Reskin Something

Feb 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  3 Comments

I hear you’re a machinist, you’ve got access to CNC machines, and you’re dying to do a cool project that your friends will love.  Youo just need the right idea.  How about this:
–  Take an existing product.
–  Discard, some all, or none of it.
–  Create a new skin for it that radically…

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