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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
GraniteBench

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
LightenedCaliper

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
popularity-contest

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
Solidator2

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
DiWire

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!
Pensa…

G-Code Robotics and Face Milling a Titanium Caribiner

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

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
WhiteheadSkillet1

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…

Turn Your 3D Printer Into a Laser Cutter / Engraver

Nov 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  6 Comments

This is a neat idea:  J Tech Photonics is offering a kit to turn your 3D printer into a laser cutter / engraver.  The price is not too bad at $224.99.  In exchange you get a 1.7W 445nm laser diode in a housing suitable to attach to your 3D printer, a driver board, and power…

World’s First Mac OS X CAM Software + CNC Software Suite

Nov 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Guest-Post, Software  //  8 Comments
MacBook-Air

I get tons of cards and letters from Mac users who love the fact that our G-Wizard software works on Mac OS X natively.  But they want more.  Yeah, sure you can run Parallels or do something similar to get Windows on the Mac and access your CNC software that way, but that’s not what…

The US Army Rapid Equipping Force’s new Expeditionary Lab

Oct 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  3 Comments
ref-expeditionary-lab-outside

It could well be the world’s most capable air mobile CNC facility.  It’s the US Army’s new Expeditionary Lab:

Outside the Expeditionary Lab, it’s containerized with easy hook ups and integrated satellite communications…

Inside is a fully equipped CNC workshop including this Haas OM-2 office mill with all the goodies, including a 5-Axis trunnion…
The…

Scary Robot Videos for Halloween

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
terminator

I was trying to think of a couple of good Halloween posts for CNC Cookbook and decided to do one fun one (3D Printing Jack O Lanters) and one a little more scary.  People have typically painted robots as scary machines bent on killing human kind.  So far, nobody has built such things yet, but…

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