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39 Feeds and Speeds Hacks, Tips, and Techniques

Sep 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Breaking Through Roadblocks

Sometimes you just get stuck…
Sometimes you just get stuck.  You need to do something and it doesn’t look like it’s possible.  We’ll start with a series of hacks for those situations.
#1-#3 My Spindle Won’t Run Slowly Enough for the Material and Tooling I Need
This problem happens particularly often if…

How to Warm Up Your CNC Machine for Maximum Performance and Reliability

Sep 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  3 Comments
Stretching

Your CNC machine needs some stretching and warmup before running hard just like any athlete…
Do you run a warm up program on your CNC machine at the beginning of your work day?
Why you need a Warm Up Program
If not, you should.  Here’s why:

It’ll help distribute way oil evenly and make sure…

Curious About Probes? Take Our 2016 CNCCookbook Probe Survey to Learn More

Sep 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
3d touch cnc probe

Here at CNCCookbook we learn a lot from our surveys.  We have a large and vibrant audience of CNC’ers (that’s you, folks!)–over 3 million visitors a year.  Our typical surveys bring in a few hundred responses, which is enough to be statistically significant.  And, they’re from all walks of life from beginning hobbyists on through…

Cylindricity: Another Installment in Our Free GD&T Course

Sep 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Cylindricity GD&T Symbol

I just uploaded the chapter covering the Cylindricity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Cylindricity defines how far the shape may differ from an ideal cylinder, so it is a very useful tolerance that’s common to use.
“What’s this Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing?”, you ask.  The short answer is that it…

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What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Secrets of the Top Machine Shops: Detailed Analysis

Sep 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

One of the best ways to learn how to make your business more successful is to study the practices of other businesses, especially successful businesses.  Being aware of what other businesses do and comparing your business to them goes under a lot of names, but two you’ll hear often are Benchmarking and Best Practices.
MMSOnline’s…

Total Beginners Guide to Feeds and Speeds, Part 2

Sep 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Guest-Post, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Sweet Spots for Feeds and Speeds

Part 2 of my super simple course on Feeds and Speeds for Beginners is up over on the Carbide3D Blog. Yes, that’s right, I guest posted over on their blog.
In Part 1 (also guest posted at Carbide3D), I went over the “Speeds” part of Feeds and Speeds.  That is, I talked about how to…

Announcing a New Deep Learning Guide for CNC Beginners

Sep 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Step by step guide to making CNC parts for beginners

You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make…
You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make.  You’ve been lusting after your own CNC Machine for a long time.  You just want to put the two together, but try as you might, there’s no map to guide you.  No article…

Circularity: Another Chapter in the Free GD&T Course

Aug 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Circularity (Roundess) callout

I just uploaded a chapter covering the Circularity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Circularity, as you would expect, is commonly used for circular parts such as cylinders, cones, and spheres.  It’s important when the parts must move smoothly and with a minimum of wear, so for example, one might want…

Have You Heard How CNCCookbook Helps Schools and Educators?

Aug 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
Schools using CNCCookbook

Since we’re running a Back to School sale (ends next week!), I wanted to talk a bit about how CNCCookbook helps Schools and Educators.
For the curious, we’ve put together a list of the well over 350 Schools have used CNCCookbook’s software.  You’ll see that our list includes many of the biggest names in education.…

Stop! Don’t Take That Part Off the Machine Yet!

Aug 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
work stop for a kurt vise

Your g-code program has ended and all looks well with the part.  What’s your next move?
For most, the next move is to pull the part out of the machine and chuck up another blank to start machining the next part.  But, depending on how well debugged your manufacturing process is, and it isn’t very…

Keep Your Tools Safe With a New Tool Check-In Procedure

Aug 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Rust preventative

I like new toys as well as the next guy, so I try to take reasonable care of them. Towards that end, I’ve adopted a standardized “check-in” procedure for my shop. When a tool arrives, it is logged into an Excel spreadsheet. I have pages for tooling, consumables (cutters, abrasives, fluids, etc.), and stock (aluminum,…

7 Sweet Tricks and Setups for a Steam Engine Project

Aug 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  No Comments
Stacked Part Fixturing

I get asked all the time by beginners, “How can I learn about fixturing?  How can I pick up all the neat tricks experienced machinists know?”
My answer is that encourage them to always be on the lookout–scrutinize every photo when they see a thread on a forum about some project to see what tricks…

Corner Rounding Endmills in G-Wizard Calculator

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

With G-Wizard Calculator version 3.45, we now have support for Corner Rounding Endmills:

Corner Rounding Endmills: New Cutter Type
Corner Rounding Endmills are super-easy to use.  Just select them as a geometry type from the basic Endmill tool.  Be sure to enter the flute length (which is also the arc radius).  That’s all there is…

Straightness: Latest Chapter in Our Free GD&T Course

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Surface Straightness

Surface Straightness controls the allowable deviation of a line on a surface such as this cylinder.
I just uploaded the latest installment in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.  This one covers the Straightness Symbol, which can either be used to denote Surface Straightness or Axis Straightness.  Each one is different and has…

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