Create a Backup of Your CNC Data

You have been told countless times, by countless tech gurus, just how important it is to keep regularly updated backups of the data on your cell phone, digital camera, desktop computer and laptop. And whether you actually back up this data onto a secure hard drive as often as you should or not, you are… Read more »

Painting with CNC Machines

When it comes to CNC machining, we at CNC Masters thought we had seen it all. But did you know that there is a trend of using CNC milling machines to paint? Artists experimenting with new ways to put paint to canvas have replaced their bits with paintbrushes, creating customized toolpaths for their abstract art… Read more »

CNC Technologies to Look For at IMTS 2016

The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show is just a few months away, and with registration now open more and more information is flooding in about who – and what – will be exhibited in Chicago this September. Some of the highlights include: NUM NUM plans to demonstrate what they are calling, “an exciting new development… Read more »

Three Great Up-and-Coming Machining Innovations

Manufacturing businesses and machine shops often use a combination of newer technologies and older but proven tools. Many times, newer tools are actually improvements on older models that have already proven their value to the industry. The industry continues to innovate, however, and bring new tools and technologies to market. Here are three great up-and-coming machining… Read more »

Passivation and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is an interesting and growing idea in both the home and the industrial workplace. It is essentially the concept of connecting any device that can be turned on and off to the Internet. That’s right – the Internet of Things connects everything from cellphones to table lamps to even parts of… Read more »

Additive Manufacturing: Better than Machining?

Additive manufacturing, the metal version of 3D printing with plastics, has been receiving a lot of attention lately. But how does additive manufacturing compare with traditional CNC machining? Additive manufacturing works by building up multiple layers, each only a few thousandths of an inch thick, until the final product is completed. It is essentially the… Read more »

Advice for a Safe and Organized CNC Machining Shop

Whether CNC machining is your hobby or your career, a safe and well organized shop can make a huge difference in the quality of your work. Keeping all of your supplies in order only takes a couple extra minutes at the end of your day, and the tools that help you get organized are well-worth… Read more »

Sensors: From Detecting to Data-Driven Solutions

Industries of all shapes and sizes are benefitting from an increase in data offered by sensors and manufacturing is no different. With different sensors being added throughout the manufacturing process, companies and their employees can now work smarter and more efficiently than before. The end result is a better-run and safer work environment that produces… Read more »

Section 179: Incentives for Investing in Your Business

Congress stilled the winds that blew Section 179 limits up and down during the past few years by enacting the newly minted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act in December 2015. Deep within the 233 pages of legislation are provisions related to the extension and modification of bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing. But why… Read more »

Taking CNC Training to the Virtual World

Anyone who works with CNC machines on a regular basis will tell you a great deal of training is involved before becoming proficient with the equipment. In the past, students and trainees only had the option of operating an actual CNC machine under the guidance of an experienced teacher. While being able to work hands-on… Read more »