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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…

Custom Aluminum Frame Fixture for Working on the Venerable Colt 1911

Mar 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
1911FixtureCoolant

I came across this article on the 1911 Forum and it scratches two itches:
–  I’m a major 1911 fan–it’s my favorite handgun to shoot.
–  It’s always a treat to see a machinist go crazy and do something custom that mere mortals don’t have access to.  Fellow machinists: that’s one reason we like to…

Moedls: An Inexpensive 3D Scanner on Kickstarter

Mar 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

I just signed up for Moedls, which is an inexpensive 3D Scanner project on Kickstarter.  It uses a turntable, a red laser, a green laser, and your phone’s camera to generate a 3D model of whatever you put on the 9″ turntable.  Cost to buy in early is as low as $199.  I went for…

Build a Mechanical Iris

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  No Comments
IrisPartsDrawing

G-Wizard customer Lepton Heavy Industries has a neat blog post out about building a mechanical iris.  I don’t know why, but these darned things have always fascinated me.
This particular project uses a laser cutter to make the iris out of Baltic Birch, and it is based on a ShopBot CNC Router article by Chris…

Hebo: Automated Blacksmithing

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

I took a course in Blacksmithing at the local community college.  It was a lot of fun, but seemed like the furthest thing from CNC and automated manufacturing.  Seems that where there is a will, there is a way.  I give you the Hebo automated blacksmithing machine:

No need to worry about it replacing the…

Check Out Our New 3D Printing Category

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’ve just added another category to our blog:  3D Printing.  Categories are a way for you to dial in a bunch of articles that all share a common theme.  We range pretty far and wide here on CNCCookbook, so it is sometimes helpful to be able to focus in on one category or another.  You’ll…

Bartendro: A CNC Cocktail Mixing Barbot

Mar 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments
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Long time readers will know I am fascinated by Barbots–robotic bar tenders that can mix up cocktails.  I just saw Bartendro on Kickstarter and thought it was neat:

The biggest problem with a Barbot is how to measure out the drink ingredients.  You need a way to meter multiple ingredients (15 in Bartendro’s most complex…

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