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4 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best T-Handle Hex Keys

Feb 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  1 Comment
Wiha T-Handle Hex Keys

I don’t know about you, but I much prefer fasteners that involve hex keys to those that require a slotted or philips head screwdriver.  There are some very fine screwdrivers available, and we’ve written about 8 of the world’s best, but I decided it was high time to track down the world’s best T-Handled Hex…

Review: SCE TTS Toolholder Racking System

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

Note: The special offer on these racks has been extended for two weeks–it’s good until March 1st.
It’s only appropriate that our first real product review is the Santa Cruz Electronics TTS Toolholder Racking System.  SCE is one of a select few Tormach distributors, and they happen to be right in my home town of…

Help: How Can I Afford to Buy a CNC Machine?

Feb 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments

Dude, have you seen what these CNC machines cost?
CNC is one of my favorite things in the world, and it is amazing that an individual these days can actually have a full-blown CNC machine that’s more powerful than the machines used to put men on the moon right in their own garage.  Heck, they’re…

How to Create a CAM Package Short List + More CAM Survey Info

Feb 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
cam package visibility

Fellow CNC’ers, there’s still more information to be gleaned from our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Package Survey, it just takes a while to crunch all the numbers with so many folks having responded.
So far, we’ve covered:

Market Share
Customer Satisfaction Awards

This week I want to delve a little bit into the murky process that…

Feedrates for Entering Cuts and Other New G-Wizard Features

Jan 31, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds for plunging

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.72 and it includes some very cool new capabilities.
Let’s start with something that every CNC’er deals with on virtually every new feature while using their CAM System:
What Feedrate Should I Use to Enter a Cut Using a Helix, Ramp, or Plunge?
Yup, CNC’ers deal with this quite…

Have You Seen the Free Software and Huge Discounts We Offer to CNC’ers?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
We have some amazing deals that hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  I’m talking about both Free Software and Deep Discounts.
Free Calculators in All Shapes and Sizes
There is a huge…

CAM Survey Results 2016: Customer Satisfaction Awards

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
powermill gold customer satisfaction award cnccookbook

One of the most interesting parts of our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Survey Results is the Customer Satisfaction.  We ask respondents to rate their CAM packages on a scale of:

It Rocks
It’s OK
Not Happy

Having only 3 values keeps it simple.  In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…

Upcoming CNCCookbook Product Reviews: Good Stuff!

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
TTS Racking System for Tormach Enclosure

TTS Racking System for Tormachs is one of the upcoming reviews I’ll be doing!
We’re getting ready to start something new for 2017: product reviews.
I’ve got a bumper crop of reviews coming up here in the CNCCookbook blog:

The Rack:  TTS Racking System by Santa Cruz Electronics.  This is a must-have accessory for anyone…

Scary Vacuum Fixture Mishap and Some Possible Cures

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  12 Comments
vacuum fixture cnc crash

I jumped about two feet when this plate broke loose from the vacuum fixture while the pocket floor was being machined:

He had actually dialed things back quite a bit to try to keep it happy, and I would have thought the majority of the worst cutting forces were done, but the part still broke…

The Ultimate Feeds and Speeds Cheat Sheets (and More)

Jan 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds cheat sheet

Do you use cheat sheets?
You know, those little pieces of paper or charts where you cram in a quick summary of everything you need to know to solve some type of problem quickly.  Man, I got through college on my cheat sheets!
Now hang on, before you start thinking I was actually cheating, our…

Results of the 2016 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
High End CAM Market Share

I just closed the survey to further entries having gotten several hundred responses.  This is quite a large group, and certainly large enough to be statistically significant.  Product Managers at a variety of CADCAM companies, large and small, tell me they find the results very valuable in their own planning.  There’s really no other source…

Take the 2016 CAM Survey: Tell Us Which Is Best

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
cam software market share

Wow, 2016 is almost over!
We do a CAD and a CAM survey each year and it’s time for the CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Software Survye.
With over 3 million visitors a year, CNCCookbook is the most popular CNC-related Blog on the Internet, so our surveys always get lots of responses.  Product Managers at a variety…

7 Best Practices to Protect You From Your Cloud CNC Software

Dec 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  5 Comments
best practices for cloud cnc software

I just watched NYC CNC’s video on Fusion 360 Cloud Crashes and was reminded that there’s still work to do to make the Cloud safe, functional, and industrial grade for every CNC’er.  In the video, John makes the point that when the Fusion 360 Cloud crashed, he was left helpless on a lot of dimensions…

Introducing Custom Tailored Help for CNC’ers Like You

Dec 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Custom Tailored

Custom tailoring: it’s above my pay grade, but those who can afford it say it is absolutely the best. Far better than buying off-the-rack clothing.
Private lessons are a little more within reach, and I’ve had the pleasure of private tutors from time to time.  They beat being part of a classroom with lots of…

How Do Tombstones Increase Your Work Area on a VMC With 4th Axis?

Dec 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
tombstone 4th axis vmc tormach

A tombstone with fixtures on all four sides set up on a Tormach CNC Mill…
I was reading an article about Tombstones in the Tormach blog recently and it got me to thinking about how Tombstones on VMC’s can make a job more profitable.
Tombstones are par for the course on Horizontal Machine Centers, but…

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