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A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these:

Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel…
Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …

It Finally Happened: 5 Axis CNC for the DIY and Maker

Aug 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  11 Comments

If you’d asked me up until very recently whether 5 axis was practical for the CNC DIY’ers and Makers, I would’ve said “No!” without hesitation.  Not only is the hardware complex, but 5 Axis CAM was expensive.  Much of this has now changed fairly recently.  Yes, the hardware is complex and most 5 Axis CAM…

4 Totally Awesome Things To Make on a CNC Mini Router

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

The new Shapeoko 3…
CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days.  Whether you’re talking about inexpensive kits like the Shapeoko or finished ready-to-go-to-work units like the Nomad, there are a bunch of choices available to makers and CNC enthusiasts looking for a good way to start out with CNC. I got to see…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 8: A Spindle for Our Mill

Jun 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  4 Comments

This is the eighth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

Dave Decaussin Makes a Floating Tap Holder

Apr 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Dave Decaussin is one of the heroes of our CNC industry.  He was one of the original founders at Fadal, which they sold some years ago.  He’s been quite active since on various projects and has a great YouTube channel with a number of videos of projects he’s been working on.
He’s built several different…

Shopmade Air-Powered 5C Collet Chuck for a Haas TL1

Mar 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  No Comments

This is quite a neat project built by Geof over at CNCZone:

Air-Powered 5C Collet Chuck assembled…

Installed on the Haas TL-1…
Some design notes:
Geof discovered the optimal draw force on the 5C system is about 1200lbs. This is accomplished via 10 springs that act to return the piston to the “locked” position when…

Other Machine: Tiny Machines for Giant Dreams

Mar 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments

Mobile CNC, anyone?  The OtherMILL is easy to tote from place to place…
CNCCookbook recently had a visit from the coolest little CNC machine and its two handlers.  This is unusual from a number of standpoints.  First, CNC machines aren’t really known for being mobile.  Sure, there has been the odd exception, but to have…

Build a Drag Knife for Your CNC Router or Mill

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  9 Comments

Drag Knifes are really handy for cutting soft materials like vinyl, cardboard, mat board, foam, wood veneer, leather, and many others.  With flat sheets, you might use one to create some custom packaging for some product, for example, or at least to prototype the packaging. Commercial drag knifes are readily made, but can be a…

10 Features Pros Have that Hobby CNC Controllers Dont

Dec 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Software  //  21 Comments

Hobby CNC Controllers have gotten to where they’re quite powerful.  I recently saw an article on a single chip CNC controller–no need for a PC, just add a few outboard parts and it drives the stepper motors, provides an LCD screen UI, and quite a lot more.  Amazing stuff, and it’s only going to keep…

Use Soft Jaws for a 5C Collet Chuck

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This is a great idea I first saw Geof publish over on CNCZone a long time ago.  I got thinking about it again as I was taking my 5C closer on and off my Tormach lathe.

Softjaws with the right ID profile make a fine 5C collet closer…
I’m already set up with a nice…

Not Filtering Your Coolant? Find Out How to Do It Cheaply and Easily

Nov 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Do you have a filter inline that cleans fine particles from your coolant?  If you don’t, you really ought to for a variety of reasons:
–  Better surface finish and tool life.  Blasting old chips from the coolant sump directly into the cut will cause the chips the scratch up your work and recutting will…

8 Holiday Season Projects to Make Your Home Shop More Productive

Nov 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Each Holiday Season we get a bit of time away from work.  We’ll spend much of it with our families, but with any luck, we’ll be able to steal away for a few hours now and then to our workshops.  I see the Holiday Season as an ideal time to take on a  project that…

Storehouse of DIY Welding Table and Cart Ideas

Nov 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

If you’re a pro, you’ve probably got lots of room in your shop for welding, assuming it’s important to your business.  But for the DIY guy, he’s trying to cram as much useful stuff as possible into what is probably a crowded garage shop.  Welding can be a dirty smell somewhat nasty business.  You don’t…

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes.
This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer…

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