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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)…

15 Most Useful Features in G-Wizard for Higher Material Removal Rates

Mar 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Sometimes we just need the job to go faster.  When that’s the case, look into increasing your Material Removal Rates–MRR is your primary metric for reducing cycle time.  I get calls all the time from shops that want me to help them reduce their cycle times, and these are the most useful features in G-Wizard…

Who Else Wants Cheaper CMM?

Mar 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

I am a total Metrology and Measurement Freak.  I’m from the school the says, “If you can measure it, you can make it to that tolerance.”  I want to know what’s going on in hard numbers.  Consequently, I have collected a fair number of Measuring Tools over the years–probably more than I really need given…

Customer Spotlight: War Machines, LLC

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  18 Comments

Our latest Customer Spotlight story is about War Machine LLC.  I am excited to be talking to James Dressman about War Machine and their very special product. War Machine has created the ultimate Gas Block for AR-15’s.  If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing firearm parts, War Machine LLC is proof that it can be done…

Milling Composites, Part 2: Tooling, Workholding, and Machine Requirements

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Laura Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

This is Part 2 of our Composite Milling series.  In Part 1, we talked about some of the general properties of composites.
Tooling for Composite Machining
Diamond Tooling

PCD tooling is preferred over carbide to resist the abrasion of composite machining.  Image courtesy of Fullerton Tool.
One of the first factors that comes up in…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

Milling Composites, Part 1: What Are Composites?

Feb 13, 2016   //   by Laura Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Boeing 787 Dreamliner has a huge amount of Composite Construction to save weight…
What are Composites?
Composites, simply put, are multiple materials with different physical and chemical traits that work together to create a stronger, lighter, or sometimes more flexible product. Composite materials are combined, but never fully fused into one material; so while they…

Poka-Yoke: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 11

Feb 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

This is Part 11 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Poka-Yoke is a Japanese term meaning “mistake proofing.”  A poka-yoke is any mechanism or technique in a lean manufacturing process that helps the operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka). In so doing, poka-yoke seeks to eliminate or at least minimize defects that are due to…

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