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[Review] Unboxing the Micro by M3D: An Affordable 3D Printer

Jul 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products  //  3 Comments

3D Printers are cool–they’re very fun to play with.  But they have some drawbacks too.  They’re slow, the quality of the surface finish on parts you print often requires a lot of extra work to smooth out, they can be finicky unless tuned up, and they’re not incredibly cheap either for all that.
Here at…

GD&T Course: True Position (A Better Way to Tolerance a Position)

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
GD&T True Position Symbol

The latest chapter in our Free GD&T Tutorial is now available, and it is all about True Position.  This is the first of a number of chapters that will be focused on the individual symbols used for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.  The symbol for True Position is this:

The GD&T True Position Symbol…
 
This…

How Big is a 2 X 4? Hint: Lumber Sizes are Deceiving and Here’s Why

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Lumber Sizes Chart

How big is a 2 x 4?  The actual size of a 2 x 4 is about 1.5 by 3.5 inches.  In fact, it might be up to 2/16″ less than that, depending on a some important factors.
Whoa!  That’s crazy!
Now I’ve got to tell this story, just because I never knew and found…

Calculators and Reference Charts for CNC’ers Right Here!

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’ve been getting a fair bit of feedback about reference information lately.  Turns out there is a ton of reference info built into G-Wizard that many people don’t know about, there’s a ton of info people would like to see me add, and there’s also a bunch of info that’s generally useful in tabular form…

What’s Better Than a Drill Bit Size Chart With Tapping Information?

Jul 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments
what's better than a drill chart?

What’s better than a drill bit size chart?
Make no mistake: having a good drill bit size chart (sometimes called a “drill index”) is a very handy thing indeed to have around.  If it has information on which twist drill size to use for tapping, so much the better.
But in this age of computers…

9 New User-Inspired Features That Make G-Wizard Better Than Ever

Jun 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I love it when you give me fabulous feedback that I can use to improve our software.  The new Vacuum Fixture Mini-Calc was entirely inspired by just one conversation with someone who wasn’t even a customer–it was inspired by a problem that was preventing them from becoming a customer.  This week I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard…

A Visit to Carbide3D’s Southern California Headquarters

Jun 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  3 Comments

Robert Grzesek, Jorge (George) Sanchez, Edward Ford, and Apollo Crowe: The Carbide3D Team
A passion for excellence.  Never being satisfied.  Always exploring, looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better.  The pure unadulterated joy of designing and making very cool things–it’s more like play than work.  And maybe just a hint of…

Check Out Our Massive New Guide to Vacuum Tables and Fixtures

Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…
We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done.  It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.
With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant…

Slitting Saw Feeds and Speeds Plus 20 Slitting Saw Tips

Jun 15, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
slitting saw arbors for ER collet chucks

Arbors for small slitting saws plug directly into ER Collet chucks.  Check our slitting saw page for more information…
I just seriously beefed up our Slitting Saw Feeds and Speeds page with a lot more information.  I added information about Slitting Saw Arbors, more pictures, and a huge number of additional slitting saw tips and…

Quit Scrapping Parts Because They Pop Off Your Vacuum Table

Jun 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  11 Comments

Do you use a vacuum table or vacuum fixtures?
If yes, then I know you’ve scrapped more than one part because it popped off the table due to too much cutting force breaking the vacuum.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick and easy way to stop that from happening?
I get all my…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

We got just under 100 responses to this survey, and it’s time to tally up the results.

About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users…
About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users and 35% are Professionals.  That’s a pretty decent mix, skewed more to the Hobby side than our usual surveys.  Overall,…

Get Help Narrowing the CAD Field With CADFinder

May 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

And now for something completely different…
We recently completed a major survey of CAD users.  It enabled us to build a unique database of hundreds of responses from folks who use these CAD programs on a daily basis.  We published the results, but then we had another idea.
What if We Could Use the CAD…

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Reviews of 7 Leading CAD Programs

May 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

What sorts of things would you want to know before purchasing a new CAD Software Package? These packages are expensive, you’ll spend hours learning to use them effectively, and they make the difference between success or failure of your next CNC project. The choice you make will impact your productivity for a long time.
Here…

Powerful Hybrid Turning/Milling on a VMC Done Cheap

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Ever used your VMC to turn parts?  Not so much I bet.  A lot of CNC Lathe users, OTOH, have probably milled parts, provided they have live tooling.  In fact, I’ve talked to many who prefer to mill on their lathes when the nature of the part makes it possible.  A lathe with bar feeder…

CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey and Reviews

May 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Products  //  No Comments

Our readers have gotten a lot of value from CNCCookbook surveys in the past.  You’ve learned things like what the most popular CAD and CAM packages are, or what users think the particular strengths and weaknesses of some of these packages are.  I’ve always felt the best reviews are from the people using the products…

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