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Digital Tooling–that’s my catchphrase for CAD, CAM, CNC Control Software, Feeds and Speeds Calculators, G-Code Editor/Simulators, and all the rest of the CNC Software that’s out there. We’ve had a page up for a long time that is intended to walk folks through all the different kinds of CNC Software so they know what’s available…
I’m always fascinated by the degree of automation that’s possible in CNC manufacturing. There’s certainly no end of pallet changers and similar methods for loading workpieces, but how about a robot that swaps out your vise jaws? Almost anything is possible if you’ve got the cash to automate. Check out this neat video of one…
The latest version of G-Wizard Calculator, v2.75, adds Cobalt Chrome to our list of Materials.
“What is Cobalt Chrome?” you might ask. Why it’s just what the Dr ordered, almost literally. CoCr is the common abbreviation. There are several alloys available such as ASTM F75 or F799. CoCr is extremely resistant to temperature, corrosion, and…
This is Part 10 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Cellular Manufacturing is a particular model for workplace design that is an important part of Lean Manufacturing.
Many times, shops are organized around particular tasks–all the milling machines are in a department or area, all the lathes are in a department or area, all…
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,…
Wow, we got almost 700 votes for some 75 different end mill brands in just a few days. This has been one of our most popular surveys ever.
Here are the results:
The Major Brands accounted for 75% of the votes. The breakdown is as follows:
Major brand market share: these brands accounted…
Do you have hourly billing rate figures for all of your CNC Machines? It’s handy to know what you need to be able to bill out a machine at to pay for the cost of having it sitting on your Shop Floor. G-Wizard Estimator includes a super simple Machine Hourly Rate Calculator that makes it…
Our last survey of 2014 (we barely got it in by launching it December 31st!) was all about what methods folks were using to affix workholding (vises, clamps, fixture plates, and so on) to their milling machine tables. Here’s the result:
How do you affix workholders (vises, clamps, fixture plates, and so on) to your …
The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M. Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…
Here at CNCCookbook, we get visitors from all ends of the CNC spectrum–about 2.5 million of them a year. In all probability, we are the most popular pure CNC blog there is. I try to keep a balance on the content to keep the ends of that spectrum of visitors happy. That means we need…
Came across this neat project on Kickstarter in an email from the iBox 3D Printer people (who 3D printed one of these little tops):
Manufacturing the Foreverspin Top on a CNC Lathe
Optional Forever Base…
The best ideas are often the simplest. They’re easily grasped and can resonate with a large audience. By CNC’ing a…
Why should Job Shops and other Manufacturers work so hard to reduce inventory?
One of the central tenets of Lean Manufacturing is that if you reduce inventory, including Work In Progress inventory, you’ll reap savings that make for a much more profitable business. But what are those savings and how much more profitable can a…
We’ve written about broaching tools in CNC’s before. It’s a common operation and one that can certainly be automated via CNC.
Here’s a Monel socket that required broaching right through the helical threads:
That Monel can be some nasty stuff!
As we all know, that Monel can be some nasty stuff. Here’s the tooling from…
Having physically hefted the Turret onto my Tormach CNC Lathe, it seemed appropriate to start thinking about tooling it up. I wanted to share with you some of the considerations I’m making, which are based on some experience, some advice, and a whole bunch of online research. Here are 9 thoughts that should be going…
You know what I’m talking about–those little nibs that are left after parting off. If you’re lucky, you’ve got a hole down the middle of the part and no nib. But if the part is solid, there will be a nib. It’s just the physics of it–the part starts to wobble as the nib gets…