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How Can I Figure Out What Tool to Use On My CNC Mill Or Router? (Part 1 – Holes)

Apr 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  5 Comments

I get this question from time to time, and all beginners are going to have it when they first start out:

How can I figure out which tool to use?

For this article, let’s stick to CNC Mills and Routers, and be aware that a Router is really just another name for a particular type…

Learn How to Estimate Turning Jobs With G-Wizard Estimator

Apr 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Estimator is CNCCookbook’s estimating software for machine shops.  At the moment, it’s in Beta Test, so it’s free for anyone who can use G-Wizard Calculator.
I recently got a call from a customer who wanted to see a demo of how to estimate lathe parts.  I suggested he send me a print for one…

Milling Composites, Part 3: PCD End Mill Support for G-Wizard Calculator

Apr 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

PCD Tooling such as these Guhdo endmills can really increase tool life when machining composites.
In part 2 of our series on machining composites we saw that composites can be incredibly abrasive and therefore quite tough on tool life.  The most common way to get better tool life is to switch to PCD (poly-crystalline diamond)…

Here’s The Scoop on Which Machines Hobby CNC’ers Have And What They’re Making

Apr 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments

I launched a survey a few days ago and we’ve already had over 300 responses as I write this–clearly there’s a lot of passion amongst the Hobby CNC crowd.  I can’t blame them–I love CNC and every aspect of it.
Here’s what we found out:
What kinds of CNC machines do you own?

CNC Mills…

15 Most Useful Features in G-Wizard for Higher Material Removal Rates

Mar 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Sometimes we just need the job to go faster.  When that’s the case, look into increasing your Material Removal Rates–MRR is your primary metric for reducing cycle time.  I get calls all the time from shops that want me to help them reduce their cycle times, and these are the most useful features in G-Wizard…

Customer Spotlight: Steradian Tech (Laser Tag!)

Mar 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

Steradian Tech: Laser Tag for Everybody…
For this Customer Spotlight, I’m writing about Steradian Tech, who make Laser Tag Guns for everybody.  If you’ve never tried laser tag, it’s a real blast.  I haven’t done it in years, but I played quite a lot back in my college days.  I’m interviewing Tom Baker, who co-founded…

Who Else Wants Cheaper CMM?

Mar 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

I am a total Metrology and Measurement Freak.  I’m from the school the says, “If you can measure it, you can make it to that tolerance.”  I want to know what’s going on in hard numbers.  Consequently, I have collected a fair number of Measuring Tools over the years–probably more than I really need given…

Customer Spotlight: War Machines, LLC

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  18 Comments

Our latest Customer Spotlight story is about War Machine LLC.  I am excited to be talking to James Dressman about War Machine and their very special product. War Machine has created the ultimate Gas Block for AR-15’s.  If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing firearm parts, War Machine LLC is proof that it can be done…

8 Guilty Tool Pleasures for CNC’ers

Mar 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  No Comments

Hi.  My name is Bob and I am a Toolaholic.  I buy more tools than I need, but I take great pleasure in them.  Not every tool sits in the tool box unused–some have come in incredibly handy.  This article is about those incredibly handy tools.  They’re slightly off the beaten path and may not…

Pancakebot: CNC Food for Your Kids for Just $299

Mar 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

Hard to believe a price point so low, but they’ve delivered a few to early Kickstarter backers and this thing is amazing!

Pancakebot in action…
Look, I’ll watch a CNC machine all day long doing almost anything.  I have to force myself to walk away to get other work done.  Also, I love to cook…

New Feature: Gen 2 Tool Menu is Live in G-Wizard Calculator

Mar 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I just uploaded version 3.15 to the G-Wizard Calculator download page.  It’s got a number of nice additions, but I am going to treat it as a Beta Test.  By that I mean that I am not turning on the auto-update for it–I will wait for the next release and some feedback from users.  So,…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey Results, Part 2: Customer Satisfaction

Feb 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

Part 1 of this series, which covers Market Share, may be found here.
I’ve been a bit slow doing the rest of the analysis of our 2016 CAD Survey, but here is the next chapter.  In this installment, we are focused on customer satisfaction.
The survey asked users to rate the packages they use in…

7 Machines to Start Your CNC Journey Today (Infographic)

Feb 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products  //  4 Comments

Have you been itching to try your hand at CNC? Well, you’re going to need a CNC machine to get started with. Here’s your chance:

For more resources to help you get started with CNC, try our CNC Beginner’s Cookbook.
 …

Tormach 440 Spotted in the Wild

Feb 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  1 Comment

I was just over at Santa Cruz Electronics, our local Tormach dealer in Northern California, when I happened to spy a happy little CNC mill in their back room.  Seems they’d just taken delivery on one of the new Tormach 440’s.  I have to say, it is just the cutest little CNC mill ever, and…

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