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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  //  13 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…

37 Things Your CAM Won’t Do For You That GCode Programming Can

Jan 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated — Mark Twain
Myth: G-Code Programming is a Thing of the Past
Reality:  G-Code Programming Compliments CAM Extremely Well
Like Mark Twain sort of said, “The reports of GCode’s death are greatly exaggerated.”  Even MMSOnline agrees that the idea G-Code programming by people instead of CAM software…

10 New Year’s Resolutions You SHOULD Keep This Year!

Jan 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

What kinds of New Year’s Resolutions do CNC’ers make?
Well of course anything is possible, but here are some ideas that will maximize your productivity.  I always try to make resolutions that save me time so I can do more.  Seems like the most valuable kind of resolution, doesn’t it?
Let’s take three big categories…

Do You Know These 14 Ways to Be More Competitive Against Offshore Manufacturing?

Oct 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  1 Comment

The tide is starting to turn and we’re actually beginning to see some manufacturing being “reshored”–it’s coming back from having been “offshored.”  There are a number of disadvantages to offshoring that it has taken hard-won experience for many customers to realize.  Shouldn’t you be aware of where the sweet spot for offshoring is and make…

Machining Wood in a Vertical Machining Center Like Taylor Guitars

Oct 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments

If you’ve never seen it done before, it probably doesn’t occur to try machining wood in a VMC. After all–they’re really designed for metal and plastics, right? Well, they’re most commonly used in those applications, but they can be very successfully used to machine wood as well. If your business involves wood, you just might…

What Do the Top Shops Do Differently From Most Other Shops?

Sep 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  7 Comments

I love learning about the Best Practices of most any industry because I want to know what put the Top Dogs at the Top?
There’s an audience that wants to believe they just got lucky and that they’re no better than anyone else, and there are elements of truth to that–to be really successful does…

Quickie Vise Pallets for Small Parts

Sep 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments

The secret sauce for a lot of very clever machine work is in the fixturing and workholding, so I always pay attention when people are posting pictures of their fixtures (he’s a poet and just don’t know it, yeah right!). Here is a nice simple little fixture from Travis on CNCZone:

It’s kind of like…

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