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Molding Robot Parts from 2-Part Polyurethane Plastic

Aug 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

It’s always fun to see what Kenneth Maxon is up to lately on his robot projects.  He has a well equipped CNC workshop and does intricate work that is beautifully detailed.   Here’s a photo essay of his latest project he sent along so everyone could see:

Here’s a view of the mold which is in…

Great CNC Gunsmithing Thread on Brian’s Forums

Jul 26, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
CNC Sieg X2

Just came across a neat thread on CNC Gunsmithing in my travels.  It’s on something called “Brian’s Forums”.  This thread is about a fellow that did a DIY CNC Conversion on a small mill and all the different projects he’s been undertaking with it.  Photo highlights below, but check out the thread for more details.…

Daydreaming About DIY CNC Mill Castings

Jul 23, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC  //  33 Comments

I was talking with someone the other day who wanted to have a blue sky conversation about what a set of DIY CNC Mill Castings might look like.  The idea was, if you could build a set of castings for the hobby and light industrial market, what features would make those castings ideal?  This was…

Laser Sintering: A New High Resolution 3D Printing Process Coming As Soon As Patents Expire

Jul 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
laser sintered part

Laser Sintering, or Selecting Laser Sintering as it is more properly known, is a process available today on expensive industrial 3D printers.  But, it has not been available to low cost 3D printers chiefly because the technology is locked up by various patents.  We saw the same sort of thing with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)…

Introducing Our New DIY CNC Cookbook

Jul 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  5 Comments

We write a lot of articles here at CNCCookbook, but they generally fall into two categories.  Short and pithy articles that are all over the CNC map in terms of subject matter go in our blog, like this article.  In-depth articles that focus on details and are centered on just a few themes go into…

Need a Toolchanger-Ready Spindle for Your Next CNC Project?

Jun 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products  //  18 Comments
ISO 15 Spindle Cartridge

If you need a toolchanger-ready spindle for your next CNC project, check out Dale Walsh’s Kickstarter project:

They’ve got some great specs:

15K RPM (40K RPM with ceramic bearings).
Air or liquid cooling as required (easy to implement with the cartridge).
coolant through spindle.
air blowout.
small footprint.
BT15 or ISO15

The reason I feel…

Cleaner 3D Prints Via Solvent Vapors and DLP Projectors

Jun 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments

One of the issues with filament extruder based 3D printers is the quality of the surface they produce.  These printers are an amazing deal in terms of price, but sometimes the parts they produce can seem a bit crude with the filament layers being very visible.  There are at least a couple of ways to…

Video: CNC Router as Pick and Place Machine

Jun 10, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I wanted to call out Lindsay Wilson’s neat video of his CNC Router acting as a pick and place machine in its own post:

He mentioned it in a comment on our 2nd article on using CNC Machines as general purpose motion platforms.  Pick and place is commonly used to position components on circuit boards…

More on Using CNC’s as General-Purpose Motion Platforms

Jun 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Our recent article on using CNC’s as general-purpose motion platforms has gotten a response from Tormach’s blog with even more great examples.  They go into some detail about how a Tormach Mill was used to help wind a special component for NASA’s Piper mission:

Creating these intricate arrays of tiny wire filaments was obviously a…

Low End CNC Machines as Motion Control Platforms in Manufacturing Cells

May 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I recently had lunch with Andy Grevstad of Tormach, who was in the Bay Area for the Maker Faire.  If you’ve ever talked to him, you’ll know Andy is a heck of a nice guy with boundless enthusiasm and knowledge of all things CNC.  We got off onto an odd side track when talking about…

3D Printing 101: Part 4: Software

May 1, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Software  //  1 Comment

This week I’ll discuss the 3D Printing software tool chain. For the most part, I’ll focus on commonly used Open Source software that runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux operating systems.
3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics
3D Printing 101: Part 2: Mechanics
3D Printing 101: Part 2a: Delta Robot Mechanics

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,…

3D Printing 101: Part 3: Electronics

Apr 16, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post  //  3 Comments

This week’s 3D Printing 101 post focuses on the electronics aspect of 3D printers. The electronics required for motion control will be familiar to CNC machinists (but even that has a few new twists) and some other areas are unique to 3D filament extrusion printing.
3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics

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 4th Axis Basics: How They Work

Apr 13, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  6 Comments

This is the second installment of a series on 4th Axis Milling.  The first talked about why you’d use a 4th Axis.  In this post, I want to talk a little bit about the mechanics of how they work and what’s inside one.  We have a lot of readers who are interested in the details…



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