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Cellular Manufacturing: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 10

Feb 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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,…

Results of 2015 CNCCookbook End Mill Brand Survey

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  16 Comments

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:
Major Brands
The Major Brands accounted for 75% of the votes.  The breakdown is as follows:

Major brand market share: these brands accounted…

What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

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…

Results of Our 2014 Workholding Survey

Jan 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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 …

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments

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…

20 Most Popular Articles and Blog Posts for Pro CNC’ers

Nov 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Mix One CNC Lathe And a Brilliant Product Idea. Result: Kickstarter Success

Nov 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  5 Comments

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…

What Every Job Shop Ought to Know About Reducing Inventory Levels

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Secrets of Broaching on a CNC Mill

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  25 Comments

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…

9 Essentials to Think About When Setting Up Your CNC Lathe Tooling

Nov 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  6 Comments

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…

What’s the Fastest Way to Get Rid of the Annoying Little Nibs Left By Parting Off?

Nov 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  12 Comments

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…

Lean Manufacturing and Agile Software Development: Kissing Cousins?

Oct 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just put up an article on my Smoothspan Business Strategy Blog that details my Agile Software Development methodology and talks a bit about the history of Agile and mentions Lean Manufacturing.  If you’re curious about Agile Software Development or Scrum (another Agile Methodology), it’s worth a quick read.
It’s interesting to compare and contrast…

Help Your Tooling Survive Deep Slot Router Jobs

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life.   He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible.  He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…

Visual Factory, Agile Software, and Standing Meetings: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 9

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

This is Part 9 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Poor communication is the bane of almost any form of teamwork.  The more complex the process the team is working on together, the more difficult proper communication is, but also the more critical it becomes to successfully implementing the process.
The somewhat peculiar title…

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