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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
3D…

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
3D…

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…

3D Printing 101: Part 2a: Delta Robot Mechanics

Apr 4, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment

In my earlier post this week on 3D printer Mechanics, I focused on the more traditional Cartesian printer geometry. I closed the post with a mention that I’d follow-up with a post on a really exciting new development in 3D printer mechanics – the delta robot printer.
A Little Background
According to Wikipedia, a delta…

3D Printing 101: Part 2: Mechanics

Apr 2, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post  //  5 Comments

 
In this installment of 3D Printing 101 I am going to look at the mechanical aspect of a typical 3D printer. Before I jump in, I should say that there are many different additive manufacturing technologies (i.e. 3D printers) but this series will focus on plastic filament extrusion printers that are the most familiar…

Our First LinuxCNC Post for G-Wizard Editor

Apr 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded our first LinuxCNC milling and turning posts for G-Wizard Editor.  It’s a modest start, but we’ll build on this initial version.  The most important LinuxCNC feature we’ve added support for in the Editor are named parameters.
In LinuxCNC, you can write:
#<circle_radius>
instead of:
#1013
Much easier to read than the numeric…

3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics

Mar 25, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Since the CNCCookbook Blog is frequented by CNC machinists, I thought it would be useful to provide an overview on 3D printing from the perspective of someone familiar with CNC machining. I have four parts planned, and in this first part I’ll present a little history, describe why I (and many others) believe 3D printing…

Introducing Michael Hackney: Our New 3D Printing Guru

Mar 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post  //  3 Comments
CNC Fly Fishing Reel

I’m very pleased to announce that Michael Hackney will be contributing to the CNCCookbook blog on a long-term basis every week with new articles about 3D printing.  I’ve known Michael for quite some time and enjoyed his work, so when I heard he was going big into 3D printing I didn’t waste a minute inviting…

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…

What Now: My CNC Won’t Go Slow Enough or Fast Enough?

Mar 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

It takes a complex bunch of math to properly calculate Feeds and Speeds under all conditions and to get anywhere close to good answers.  There is a whole lot more to it than the basic equations everyone learns that claim to relate surface speed, chipload, rpms, feedrates and the like.  Unfortunately, those equations work reasonably…

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…

What If CNC Machines Could Cook? Digital Gastronomy

Dec 24, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment

What if CNC machines could cook?
I’m not sure what took me down this odd path, other than that I recently made up a batch of Texas Chili Fudge and a batch of Peppermint Bark for a Christmas Eve Party.  I have been dimly aware of some CNC cake decorating projects, and I confess to…

Amazing Shopmade Plasma Table

Nov 12, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

This plasma table from CNCZone is probably the most impressive table I have yet come across:

It’s a big beast. The gantry is mounted on the long axis so that when it is slid out of the way, access to the table with a full sheet of material is easy.

They had the various parts…

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