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Amateur Clockmaking Manual Machining Style

May 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  12 Comments

Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…
The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be…

Conversational CNC Drilling Wizard with Deep Hole Cycles Added to GWE v1.93

Apr 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

The next installment of our Conversational CNC Wizards is available with G-Wizard Editor version 1.93.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD drawing or running a CAM program.  For all those times when you would turn to a manual machine instead of a CNC because the…

New Conversational CNC Lathe OD Turning Wizard Available in G-Wizard Editor v1.90

Apr 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I promised 1 new Conversational CNC Wizard a week and I’m slightly ahead of schedule with the OD Turning Wizard.  I’ve just uploaded GWE v1.90 (click the link to get your copy), which has the new OD Turning Wizard.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD…

Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

NYCCNC has a great video out showing off the Conversational CNC capabilities of the Tormach Lathe and it’s Path Pilot controller:

Take a few minutes and let John from NYCCNC show you how easy it is to make a part with Conversational CNC.  He’s able to go through a series of steps including Turning, Facing,…

Total Guide to Milling Machine Workholding

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Just posted another installment in our CNC Beginners Cookbook series:  The Total Guide to Milling Machine Workholding.  There are so many ways to hold your workpiece on a mill that we can’t cover every possible variation, but this page will give you a pretty good survey of the more common methods and perhaps some ideas…

Check Out Our New Guide to CNC Milling Cutters

Jan 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

I’ve been putting together a new Cookbook–Cookbook’s are our in-depth article compilations that focus on particular subjects and dive deep.  We have Cookbooks on Feeds and Speeds, G-Code, CNC Manufacturing and Shop Operations, and DIY CNC.  The new area I’m working on is designed to make it easier for CNC beginners to come up to…

Total Guide to Lathe Workholding

Jan 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I’m preparing a set of guides to help beginners come up to speed quickly on tooling and workholding for the various CNC machines.  We already had two nice articles along those lines:
–  Guide to Lathe Workholding
–  CNC Router Cutter Types
I just completed a substantial rework and updating of the Guide to Lathe…

Lathe Tailstock Basics Plus Tormach Tailstock

Dec 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just got the Tailstock installed on my Tormach Lathe and I’m very pleased with it.  Here are some photos:

The Tailstock clamps to the dovetail ways…
The Tailstock clamps to the Tormach Lathe’s dovetail ways and is very sturdy.  Installation is easy if you follow Tormach’s video on the subject.  Here is a shot…

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…

Dialing in D1-4 Chucks on the Tormach Lathe

Nov 11, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  14 Comments

I’m finally just about tooled up on the Tormach lathe.  One of the things I wanted to go over is setting up new D1-4 chucks on a lathe.  Specifically, this is about adjusting the cam locks on the back of the chucks.  Each chuck has 3 cam locks that go into matching holes in the…

Tool Centerline Tolerances for Turning

Aug 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  6 Comments
turning tool height gage

Every machinist knows things work a whole lot better when turning if you can get your tool tip right on the centerline.  During my recent trip to Tormach to test their new CNC lathe, I saw this first hand.  I “eyeballed” a tool tip to center and made an OD turning pass.  The cut was…

When is Manual Machining Better than CNC?

Nov 28, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  21 Comments

Let me start out by going on record as saying I don’t think manual is ever better than CNC except in certain special circumstances that are really not a test of manual vs CNC, but of other factors.  I’ll walk through the three special circumstances in a moment.
I’ll be the first to admit it…

Mass Production on an Old Turret Lathe

Jul 25, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual  //  No Comments

I’m fascinated by pre-CNC technology.  A lot of parts got made and they got made to good tolerances when need be.  The older machines are not really a match for CNC competitively, but they’re still fun and interesting to learn a little bit about.  Here is a little Hardinge Turret Lathe being put through its…

Using G-Wizard to Calculate Feeds and Speeds for Fly Cutters and other Manual Machining Conundrums

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

This article is the newest chapter from our Feeds and Speeds Cookbook. The original is in the Cookbook here.
I got an email from a customer the other day who wondered if there wasn’t some way to make G-Wizard more focused to the needs of manual machinists. He felt that it was overly “CNC specific”,…

Ever wonder why CNC is so much more sensitive to cutting speed than manual machining?

Nov 22, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Techniques  //  No Comments

It turns out to be a function of the capabilities of the machine and the machinist. Simply put, the CNC can do all sorts of things a manual Bridgeport never was in the running for. Learn more in my latest article about CNC Cutting Speeds.…



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