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8 Of The Best CNC Milling Projects for Beginners

March 25th, 2021

  Becoming a professional CNC milling machine operator requires learning at least a little about a lot of things. Actually, it’s more like learning a lot about a lot of things – from CNC programming to cutting parts with extremely narrow tolerances. Once beginners have learned some of the basics in each of those areas,… Read more »

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How CNC Machines are Used to Make Elegant Jewelry

March 8th, 2021

When you think about common applications for a CNC machine, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an industrial setting such as a woodshop or auto parts manufacturer. In a woodshop, a CNC lathe might be used to create a series of balusters for a staircase or legs for a set of dining room chairs…. Read more »

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11 Reasons Hobbyists Should Own a Home CNC Machine

February 3rd, 2021

A small CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine, also referred to as a mini CNC machine, is one of those life-changing additions to your setup that becomes worthwhile right away. Whether it is creating something from scratch or using a template, with a personal CNC machine opens up a new realm of machining possibilities. However, what… Read more »

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CNC Conversion Kits: Why And When They Are A Good Option

October 1st, 2020

Machine tools, like most equipment in the modern age, have both improved and gotten a bit smaller over the years. Modern lathes and mills have come a long way from the giant, room-sized machines of the Industrial Revolution. While you can still find room-sized machines in large factories and high-end production facilities, you’re also more… Read more »

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5 Ways Owning Your Own CNC Saves You Money

September 30th, 2020

Everyone wants to combine their hobby with their business, do what they love, and get paid for it. That is much easier said than done, however, especially when it comes to the competitive world of CNC machining. So if you’re asking yourself if you should buy a CNC machine to make some money, perhaps you… Read more »

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CNC Careers: What Training As a CNC Machinist Can Do For You

September 11th, 2020

Training as a CNC machinist might seem a bit daunting. There’s a lot to learn, and terms like “g-code programming” or “Cartesian coordinate systems” can sound intimidating. Not to mention that machining itself is a complex and growing field, touching on everything from manufacturing and heavy industry to advanced robotics. Faced with a heavy learning… Read more »

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5 Fast Facts about CNC Milling

September 10th, 2020

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology has been around since the 1950s; milling machines date back to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Even though neither one is new, there’s still a surprising amount of confusion surrounding what CNC milling is and how it works. Maybe you’ve heard about CNC milling before but aren’t sure… Read more »

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CNC in the Classroom

August 29th, 2020

While large-scale, industrial CNC machines power much of modern-day manufacturing, smaller CNC machines have proven surprisingly versatile in today’s economy. These small machines can be found in local machine shops and home workspaces around the country, but perhaps surprisingly, small CNC machines have also found a natural fit in the classroom setting. CNC machines in… Read more »

Grow Your CNC Machining Business With These Helpful Tips

February 9th, 2020

Ready to turn your hobby into a career and break into the CNC manufacturing industry? Congratulations! Today we’ll offer a few quick tips to help you grow your burgeoning CNC machining business. Find Your Focus Trying to do everything at once is a common rookie mistake. Instead, focus on mastering one method or product at… Read more »

CNC Enthusiasts Use Their Machining Skills to Customize Apple Cards

September 20th, 2019

Apple is known for its pared-down design aesthetic, and the new Apple Card is no exception. The recently-launched credit card is a simple, white-coated piece of titanium, laser etched with a glimmering Apple logo and the customer’s name. It’s a perfect example of the brand’s signature minimalist industrial design. However, some users see the card… Read more »