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Cylindricity: Another Installment in Our Free GD&T Course

Sep 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Cylindricity GD&T Symbol

I just uploaded the chapter covering the Cylindricity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Cylindricity defines how far the shape may differ from an ideal cylinder, so it is a very useful tolerance that’s common to use.
“What’s this Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing?”, you ask.  The short answer is that it…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Secrets of the Top Machine Shops: Detailed Analysis

Sep 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

One of the best ways to learn how to make your business more successful is to study the practices of other businesses, especially successful businesses.  Being aware of what other businesses do and comparing your business to them goes under a lot of names, but two you’ll hear often are Benchmarking and Best Practices.
MMSOnline’s…

Announcing a New Deep Learning Guide for CNC Beginners

Sep 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Step by step guide to making CNC parts for beginners

You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make…
You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make.  You’ve been lusting after your own CNC Machine for a long time.  You just want to put the two together, but try as you might, there’s no map to guide you.  No article…

Circularity: Another Chapter in the Free GD&T Course

Aug 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Circularity (Roundess) callout

I just uploaded a chapter covering the Circularity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Circularity, as you would expect, is commonly used for circular parts such as cylinders, cones, and spheres.  It’s important when the parts must move smoothly and with a minimum of wear, so for example, one might want…

Stop! Don’t Take That Part Off the Machine Yet!

Aug 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
work stop for a kurt vise

Your g-code program has ended and all looks well with the part.  What’s your next move?
For most, the next move is to pull the part out of the machine and chuck up another blank to start machining the next part.  But, depending on how well debugged your manufacturing process is, and it isn’t very…

Straightness: Latest Chapter in Our Free GD&T Course

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Surface Straightness

Surface Straightness controls the allowable deviation of a line on a surface such as this cylinder.
I just uploaded the latest installment in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.  This one covers the Straightness Symbol, which can either be used to denote Surface Straightness or Axis Straightness.  Each one is different and has…

A Visit to Carbide3D’s Southern California Headquarters

Jun 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  3 Comments

Robert Grzesek, Jorge (George) Sanchez, Edward Ford, and Apollo Crowe: The Carbide3D Team
A passion for excellence.  Never being satisfied.  Always exploring, looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better.  The pure unadulterated joy of designing and making very cool things–it’s more like play than work.  And maybe just a hint of…

Check Out Our Massive New Guide to Vacuum Tables and Fixtures

Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…
We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done.  It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.
With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant…

What Do Food Trucks, CNC, and Makers Have in Common? Hint: Ask Anthony Bourdain

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Why should we be excited about Makers and Hobby CNC’ers?
I just saw this great quote from Anthony Bourdain on Food Trucks over on Scott Johnson’s blog, and it really hit home for me as a CNC’er and Small Business Entrepreneur:
“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs […]…

21 Ways to Maximize Your Odds At Lights Out Machining

May 31, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Lights Out Machining: Huge Advantages But Hard to Achieve…
What is Lights Out Machining and Why Care?
Lights Out Machining: Holy Grail of productivity for some, scary unexplored territory for others.  Lights Out means manufacturing processes that are fully automated and require no human presence.  That’s the 100,000 foot view, but of course every process…

IOT and the Biggest Challenges to Data-Driven Manufacturing, Part 1

May 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
IoT and Factory Automation

I read with interest Willy Shih’s (Professor of Management Practice at Harvard) and Helmuth Ludwig’s (EVP at Siemens PLM Software) article in the Harvard Business Review on the Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing.  In it, they discuss the idea that Data-Driven Manufacturing and the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors connected to the Internet (the so-called…

The Ugly Secret About Post Processors Plus 8 Custom Post Processor Ideas

May 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
What is a Post Processor?

What is a Post Processor?
Post Processors are an essential part of any CAM Software, but they’re one of those things most CNC’ers know just a little about but not a lot.  I’ve just added a new chapter to our Free G-Code Tutorial Course that’s totally focused on Post Processors.
It covers the following:

What…

Learn How to Estimate Turning Jobs With G-Wizard Estimator

Apr 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Estimator is CNCCookbook’s estimating software for machine shops.  At the moment, it’s in Beta Test, so it’s free for anyone who can use G-Wizard Calculator.
I recently got a call from a customer who wanted to see a demo of how to estimate lathe parts.  I suggested he send me a print for one…

Milling Composites, Part 3: PCD End Mill Support for G-Wizard Calculator

Apr 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

PCD Tooling such as these Guhdo endmills can really increase tool life when machining composites.
In part 2 of our series on machining composites we saw that composites can be incredibly abrasive and therefore quite tough on tool life.  The most common way to get better tool life is to switch to PCD (poly-crystalline diamond)…

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