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9 Helpful But Random Shop Tips

Aug 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Because we all like helpful shop tips, even the random ones, right?
Use a Sharpie to Locate Your Vacuum Fixture Gaskets
Vacuum Fixtures are the bee’s knees for a lot of jobs, but you need to be aware of where the leaks are going to appear as your part is cut out and use gaskets…

Jigs and Fixtures: Show Me the Money [Video]

Jul 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

There’s an old saying among machinists–fixtures are where you make your money.  If you’re good at making fixtures that save time, you’ll turn a bigger profit.  Or so the saying goes.
But is it really true?  Is it always true?  Will every job benefit from fancy fixturing?
I put together a Free Fixture Calculator that…

[CNC Chef Video] Turret vs Gang Tooling on CNC Lathes

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
turret vs gang tooling

For this months Cutting Tool Engineering Video, the CNC Chef (that’d be me!) goes over the pros and cons of Turret versus Gang Tooling:

Turret vs Gang Tooling for CNC Lathes…
I’ve also got an in-depth article that goes over the material if you prefer to read text than watch a video:

[ Turret vs…

CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software  //  18 Comments
CNC Machine Hourly Rate

Our G-Wizard Estimator software has a Machine Hourly Rate Calculator.   A lot of shops use the notion of hourly rate on machines to help with job cost estimation and quotation, but there’s not a lot of information available about how to calculate a good hourly rate to use.
Here’s what the CNC Machine Hourly Rate…

Customer Spotlight: Voxel Innovations

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  2 Comments

Daniel Herrington, CEO, and Michael Bromley, Lead Engineer
Customer Spotlights are a regular CNCCookbook blog series where we tell our audience what the folks using our software are up to.  This week we are spotlighting Voxel Innovations, which has developed a unique machining process called Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM).  For this spotlight I worked with…

How to Use Techniques from High Reliability Organizations to Improve a CNC Shop

May 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Guest-Post, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Health care, airlines, and many other businesses are “High Reliability Organizations”…
Tom Baker is president of Steradian Laser Tag, an industry leader in designing and manufacturing professional laser tag equipment. Steradian uses a Tormach PCNC 1100 in-house to produce much of their equipment and G-Wizard for Feeds and Speeds.  We’ve profiled his business in the…

The Amazing Story of a Formula One Suspension Bolt

May 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments
formula one suspension bolt

Who knew a homely bolt could be this exciting?…

33 Ways to Design Parts So They’re Easier to Manufacture

May 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This article was originally published a couple of years ago.  I republished it to call attention to the extensive updates to our Design for Manufacturing page which has nearly double the number of DFM recommendations from 19 to 33.
Many of our readers own or work in CNC manufacturing businesses of all sizes and many…

The High Cost of Tight Tolerances

Apr 29, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  11 Comments
Cost of tight tolerances

We’ve all heard the stories about part drawings coming through that specify ridiculously tight tolerances.  We know that holding tight tolerances is harder, and we know it is more expensive to make a part the tighter the tolerances are.  But how much does it cost to have tighter tolerances really?
I came across this great…

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which Gives Better Results?

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
45 and 90 degree face mills

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which gives better results?
First, what are we talking about when we say 45 or 90 degrees?  The answer is fairly obvious from the photo above comparing two Glacern Face Mills.  Take a look at the angle of the cutting edge on the inserts.
Yes!  The angle is…

Video: Runout — The #1 Tool Life Issue for Micromachining

Apr 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
micromachining runout

Check out the latest video in my monthly “CNC Chef” series for Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine:

In this video I talk about runout in depth and it’s impact on tool life when micromachining.  You’ll learn about:

What is the definition of Micromachining?
What are the applications of Micromachining?
How the physics of cutting change at…

Big Guide: 17 Tips for Minimizing Breakage When Micromachining and More

Apr 10, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments
micromachining

Here at CNCCookbook, we do extremely in-depth research on our articles.  We want to be sure that when we publish a guide to something, we’ve done as much of the work for you as possible.  We’re pretty good at it, or we wouldn’t see 4.5 million CNC’ers visiting our site every year–roughly the same as…

How Well Do You Know GD&T [Important for Pro CNC’ers!]

Mar 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

A simple GD&T drawing…
If you work from prints that 3rd parties send you to make parts from, chances are you’ve seen some Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols on them.  GD&T is the industry standard to communicate size, location, orientation, and form requirements on an engineering drawing.
We offer a free mini-course on just…

[Vise Stop Review] Imaginetool’s Way Cool New SideStop

Mar 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
ImagineTool SideStop Work Stop Vise Stop

I just got my hands on a new product for review.  It’s the SideStop, a next-generation vise stop (work stop) made by the good folks at ImagineTool:

The SideStop is a next-generation vise work stop…
The SideStop is one of those “Better  Mousetrap” kinds of products.  Better mouse traps are great–we all love to find…

Manufacturing Marketplaces: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em? [CNCCookbook 2017 Survey]

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Author: Frank Kovalchek, powered by Flickr.com. Under the copyright of their owners.
Note:  I am bumping this back to the top of the articles for another week as I’d like to get more participation in the survey (see below).  If you’ve tried one of these services, please tell us about your experiences in the survey.…

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