Like most coding languages, G-code looks a bit weird when you first see it. There’s no apparent rhyme or reason, the numbers don’t seem to relate to each other, and the whole thing can appear a bit haphazard. It gets even stranger when you try to relate the codes themselves to the machines they work
3-axis, fully-manual machine tools built much of modern manufacturing. American-made tools from world-famous manufacturers were built of rugged cast iron, and in the hands of a skilled machinist, they could be, and often were, used to create nearly anything. Today, the choice is a lot more complicated. Should you rely on an old cast-iron classic?
Aluminum is one of the more versatile metals and one that is widely used in DIY workshops and metal shops around the world. Despite being easily workable, aluminum does pose some challenges. In fact, it’s usually because aluminum is easy to work with that some beginning machinists can mess up their cuts. Aluminum is quite soft, heats
One of the challenges of modern manufacturing is understanding how different machines and processes function. Understanding the difference between CNC turning and CNC milling allows a machinist to use the right machine to achieve the best results. In the design stage, it allows CAD and CAM operators to create parts that can be machined primarily
Lathes spindles. Not necessarily a fascinating topic, but there’s no single part more important to the function of a lathe than the spindle. What is the lathe spindle? The spindle connects to the lathe engine’s axle through the headstock. It’s the part of the lathe that rotates – without the rotating spindle, a lathe isn’t
You’ve got a new mini milling machine. You’ve got the raw material. And you’ve even watched a few YouTube videos to get a bit more familiar with your new mill. If you’re really an over-achiever, you might even have read part of the user’s manual. But you still might be running up against a dead-end;
High-tech CNC machine tools offer accuracy and unparalleled precision to modern machinists. But for many machinists, especially ones working in a small workshop or even from home, one major problem isn’t the machine itself – it’s keeping everything else in order. Home workshops in particular are notoriously hard to keep organized. DIY craftsmen, whether woodworkers
The world of woodworking is a world of its own. You’ll find different terms and different machines when it comes to cutting wood as opposed to cutting metals. Some tools can be used on both – some lathes and milling machines are easily adapted to both materials. But woodworking carries some terminology that can be
In the modern metal fabrication industry, manual and CNC milling are essential processes that allow a skilled machinist to cut and shape a workpiece into a high-precision component or product. Whether using a manual or CNC mill, machine shops choose from two basic types of milling machines: the vertical and the horizontal. In this guide,
Neatly-designed chairs, intricate patterns on tables, unique carvings on beds, spiral staircases spanning 3 stories, bookcases with the Swedish aesthetic – all of these look visually perfect, but have you ever wondered just how manufacturers design and build such beautiful masterpieces? How do they concept designs that make customers fall in love at first sight?