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Complete Guide to Getting the Most from Your Mini, Desktop, or DIY CNC Machine

Aug 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Today’s Mini, Desktop, and DIY CNC Machines are capable of some truly amazing work…
Are you struggling to get the best performance from your mini CNC machine?
Maybe you built a DIY CNC Router Kit like a Shapeoko (CNCCookbook has one!) or Inventables X-Carve.  Perhaps you’ve converted a mini milling machine like one of the…

Fabulous Freebie: DXF plus G-Wizard Giveaway (Ends Aug 18)

Aug 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

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There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects. Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.
Many times, the hardest part of…

Have You Seen Our Ultimate Fly Cutter Page?

Aug 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
fly cutter guide

Clickspring’s holographic fly cutter finish…
Do you use a fly cutter in your CNC work?
Maybe you’re a pro who views fly cutters as a throwback to the days when there was no CNC and we were winning a war with Bridgeport milling machines.  There is an element of truth to that, but fly cutters…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Kit: Part 2 Assembly

Jul 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Here’s the second installment of the CNCCookbook CNC Kit build.  In the first installment (unpacking the CNC Router Kit), I introduced the project, discussed why I picked the Shapeoko over other kits, included some details about how to do a time-lapse video, and gave a time-lapse video of unboxing the Shapeoko XXL we are building.…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Router Kit: Part 1 – Unboxing

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  7 Comments

Why a DIY CNC Router Kit?

I’ve wanted to do a video project series for a while and decided building a Shapeoko CNC Router Kit was the right one.  We needed to get an entry-level CNC in, it’ll be the precursor for more project videos done with the router, and I wanted to get a…

Introducing Free DXF Files: Ready To Cut CNC Designs

Jun 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
free dxf files

There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects.  Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.  Sometimes we’re adding a design as a decorative element on top of…

6 Things A Brand New CNC’er Should Learn to Get Started

Jun 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
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So you’ve just gotten interested in CNC, and you notice the waters look a little deep.  How do you get started?
Here are 6 things you should learn about first, before you buy a CNC machine, before you do anything else, just to get oriented and see what this CNC thing is all about.  It…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey, Part 2

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  10 Comments

In the first part of our 2017 CNC Router survey series, we covered:

Hobby vs Professional User Segments
CNC Router Market Share
Customer Satisfaction by Manufacturer
Size and Features of CNC Routers
Type of Materials Being Cut

In this installment, we’ll drill down a little more deeply and find out a little more about why…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  5 Comments
cnc router pro versus hobby users

This year, we got 160 survey responses.  Here are the results:

72% of respondents are hobby users…
72% of respondents are hobby users, up slightly from 2016.  Overall, CNCCookbook’s audience is the reverse–70% professional and 30% hobby.

CNC Router Overall Market Share…
Compared to last year, there are a number of changes:

Carbide3D / Shapeoko…

Improve CNC Machine Performance With a Z-Axis Counterbalance

Apr 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments
hurco z-axis counterbalance

Have you ever considered a Z-Axis counterbalance for your CNC machine?
Most commercial VMC’s use one.  Here’s a Hurco VM1:

Twin roller changes connect the Hurco VM1’s Z-Axis counterbalance…
Or, here’s a schematic from the DIY Haas site showing how Haas uses an air-over-oil system as a counterbalance:

Air-over-oil hydraulic Z-axis counterbalance on a Haas…

Easy Multiple Spindle Options for G-Wizard

Mar 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
auxilliary high speed spindle

It’s fairly common to find machines that have multiple spindle options available.  I don’t mean that you can specify multiple, options, but that there are actual multiple options delivered with the machine.  A very simple example would be multiple pulley ratios.  More exotic would be sub-spindles, for example a high-speed auxiliary spindle or speeder on…

Shopmade Tool: Accurately Measure Bores With an Indi-Calipers

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments
shopmade dial bore gage

One of the most accurate ways to measure a bore is with a dial bore gage, but these can be really expensive and seldom used tools.  A nice Mitutoyo dial bore gage set is almost $400 as I write this.
I loved this gadget by gbritnell I saw on HMEM to adapt a DTI to…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Interview With Zach Kaplan On The New X-Carve CNC Router

Sep 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
Zach Kaplan with X-Carve

Here’s Zach with the new X-Carve CNC Router…
I just did an interview with Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, to learn more about their newly upgraded X-Carve CNC Router.  In addition to getting the juicy details about the machine, Zach and I also had a chance to catch up on some other great topics.
Here’s…

Keep Your Tools Safe With a New Tool Check-In Procedure

Aug 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Rust preventative

I like new toys as well as the next guy, so I try to take reasonable care of them. Towards that end, I’ve adopted a standardized “check-in” procedure for my shop. When a tool arrives, it is logged into an Excel spreadsheet. I have pages for tooling, consumables (cutters, abrasives, fluids, etc.), and stock (aluminum,…

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