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Complete Guide to Getting the Most from Your Mini, Desktop, or DIY CNC Machine

Aug 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Today’s Mini, Desktop, and DIY CNC Machines are capable of some truly amazing work…
Are you struggling to get the best performance from your mini CNC machine?
Maybe you built a DIY CNC Router Kit like a Shapeoko (CNCCookbook has one!) or Inventables X-Carve.  Perhaps you’ve converted a mini milling machine like one of the…

Have You Seen Our Ultimate Fly Cutter Page?

Aug 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
fly cutter guide

Clickspring’s holographic fly cutter finish…
Do you use a fly cutter in your CNC work?
Maybe you’re a pro who views fly cutters as a throwback to the days when there was no CNC and we were winning a war with Bridgeport milling machines.  There is an element of truth to that, but fly cutters…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Kit: Part 2 Assembly

Jul 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Here’s the second installment of the CNCCookbook CNC Kit build.  In the first installment (unpacking the CNC Router Kit), I introduced the project, discussed why I picked the Shapeoko over other kits, included some details about how to do a time-lapse video, and gave a time-lapse video of unboxing the Shapeoko XXL we are building.…

[Cool Project] Shapeoko DIY CNC Router Kit: Part 1 – Unboxing

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  7 Comments

Why a DIY CNC Router Kit?

I’ve wanted to do a video project series for a while and decided building a Shapeoko CNC Router Kit was the right one.  We needed to get an entry-level CNC in, it’ll be the precursor for more project videos done with the router, and I wanted to get a…

Radically Simplifying G-Wizard Startup for New Users

Jul 19, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Every software package faces an initial hurdle–what it takes for a new user to get it installed and working so they can experience the magic the package can bring for them.
Our G-Wizard Calculator is no exception.  It needs to know some things about your CNC Machine before it can give you the best Feeds…

Button Cutter, Copy Mill, or Toroidal Cutter: Round Insert Milling Cutters

Jul 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Have you ever tried a button cutter for milling?
If so, you’ll know that these versatile tools can really do a good job for you.  They’re commonly used for pocketing, die/mold roughing, face milling, slotting, step milling, and even helical interpolation of holes.
There’s a lot to recommend round inserts as they have a number…

Jigs and Fixtures: Show Me the Money [Video]

Jul 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

There’s an old saying among machinists–fixtures are where you make your money.  If you’re good at making fixtures that save time, you’ll turn a bigger profit.  Or so the saying goes.
But is it really true?  Is it always true?  Will every job benefit from fancy fixturing?
I put together a Free Fixture Calculator that…

[Just Launched] Firecracker CNC Software Sale

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
firecracker cnc software sale

Good news, CNC’ers:
I’ve just launched our annual Firecracker CNC Software Sale!
Here’s the deal.  You get 15% off any CNC software we sell until the sale ends, Friday, July 14.  The savings is automatically taken in the shopping cart, so you don’t have to do anything except click through to see the savings.  No…

[CNC Chef Video] Turret vs Gang Tooling on CNC Lathes

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
turret vs gang tooling

For this months Cutting Tool Engineering Video, the CNC Chef (that’d be me!) goes over the pros and cons of Turret versus Gang Tooling:

Turret vs Gang Tooling for CNC Lathes…
I’ve also got an in-depth article that goes over the material if you prefer to read text than watch a video:

[ Turret vs…

Introducing Free DXF Files: Ready To Cut CNC Designs

Jun 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
free dxf files

There’s a lot of fun to be had with decorative and artistic CNC projects.  Such projects don’t require a lot of precision and are usually 2 to 2 1/2D, so they’re easy to make with a CNC Router, Laser, Waterjet, or Vinyl Cutter.  Sometimes we’re adding a design as a decorative element on top of…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey, Part 2

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  10 Comments

In the first part of our 2017 CNC Router survey series, we covered:

Hobby vs Professional User Segments
CNC Router Market Share
Customer Satisfaction by Manufacturer
Size and Features of CNC Routers
Type of Materials Being Cut

In this installment, we’ll drill down a little more deeply and find out a little more about why…

Customer Spotlight: Voxel Innovations

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  2 Comments

Daniel Herrington, CEO, and Michael Bromley, Lead Engineer
Customer Spotlights are a regular CNCCookbook blog series where we tell our audience what the folks using our software are up to.  This week we are spotlighting Voxel Innovations, which has developed a unique machining process called Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM).  For this spotlight I worked with…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2017 CNC Router Survey

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  5 Comments
cnc router pro versus hobby users

This year, we got 160 survey responses.  Here are the results:

72% of respondents are hobby users…
72% of respondents are hobby users, up slightly from 2016.  Overall, CNCCookbook’s audience is the reverse–70% professional and 30% hobby.

CNC Router Overall Market Share…
Compared to last year, there are a number of changes:

Carbide3D / Shapeoko…

Turret or Gang Tooling on a CNC Lathe?

May 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  12 Comments

This is one of the many topics that seems to engender religious fervor from one side versus the other.  I personally went through several hundred online articles and correspondences I’ve had with our G-Wizard customers about this choice.  For my upcoming Tormach CNC Lathe, I initially had ordered it set up for gang tooling based…

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which Gives Better Results?

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
45 and 90 degree face mills

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which gives better results?
First, what are we talking about when we say 45 or 90 degrees?  The answer is fairly obvious from the photo above comparing two Glacern Face Mills.  Take a look at the angle of the cutting edge on the inserts.
Yes!  The angle is…

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