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Think It. Make It. Podcast
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #014 – Why Do Competitors Do This?
Why do competitors do this? In all industries, a sales person will choose to concentrate on putting down a competitor’s product rather than focusing on what is good about their product. I have been on the receiving end of this type of a conversation more often then I would like. I have gone as far as to tell a salesperson to convince me why I should buy your product rather than convince me why I should not buy someone else’s. Let me know your thoughts or experiences with this in the comments below.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #013 – Talking With Vectric About The New Version 10 Software
I had the privilege to talk with Stephanie Downing, Marketing Director and Adam James, Technical Director for Vectric Ltd. Vectric offers the world some of the easiest to use and most powerful design and CAM programs for CNC router users. Every other year they release a new major version of the software and the recent release of V10 is the major buzz in the CNC world right now. For a full list of all the new features, please visit: https://www.vectric.com/upgrade/vcarve-pro In this video we walk about all the new features as well as many other offerings that Vectric has which many users might not be aware of.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #012 – A Visit With Andrew Griffing Growing His Business With A Large Format CNC
Andrew Griffing of Griffin Lee Artisans talks about all of the ways they have grown their business with a 2×4 CNC and now is planning to upgrade to a 4×8 CNC system for processing sheet work for projects such as kitchen cabinets. Here is the video version of this podcast interview.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #011 – CNC Journey From Zero Experience With John DeGirolamo
After upgrading from a Stepcraft D-Series to a Q-Series CNC system, John went from absolutely no CNC experience to using his machine for his work in many different applications. He makes a lot of use out of attachments on the machine such as a 3D Touch Probe, Drag Knife, Hot Wire Foam Cutter and more. We also discuss marquetry and how to use software and a CNC to do this type of projects. Links Stepcraft D-SeriesStepcraft Q-SeriesVectric V Carve DesktopAutodesk Fusion 360Musclechuck Quick Change Tool Holder For Porter Cable RouterTangential KnifeAmazon Canvas
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #010 – Talking with Bill Griggs from CNC Router Tips Facebook Group and Podcast
Bill Griggs is the founder of the CNC Router Tips group on Facebook with over 15,000 members and the creator of the CNC Router Tips Podcast. He also has a website called The Maker’s Guide on which he sells a device that he designed called the Triple Edge Finder. In this episode we discuss a lot of topics that including the business of CNC and how you can start a business with a CNC router or milling machine and we discuss online and passive business ideas. We also discuss the differences between CNC routers and CNC milling machines. Links CNC Router Tips Facebook GroupCNC router Tips website (podcast) Triple Edge FinderDownload start business bookSmart Passive Income (Pat Flynn)$100 startup (Book) by Chris GuillebeauThe Makers GuideTormach CNCStepcraft CNCBusiness Model You (Book) by WileyWill It Fly (Book) by Pat FlynnFlipped Lifestyle Podcast
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #009 – CNC or 3D Printer – Which Should You Buy?
In this episode I talk about the differences between a CNC router/milling machine and a 3D printer and why you might want one over the other… or perhaps both. There are a lot of things that each type of machine will do better than the other and there is a lot to consider when you try to decide on which will best suit your needs. To try and help you figure it out, I discuss the following in this episode: Should you buy a CNC machine or a 3D Printer?What does “CNC” mean?What is a CNC router/milling machine?What is a 3D printer?What are the limitations of each type of machine?How to choose material choices and which machine works best for eachWhat are the accuracy of each machine type?How to determine which machine is best for a specific jobWhat is the reliability of each type of machine?What is the cost of failure for each type of machine?Using these machines for business purposes – which would be better? LINKS Monoprice Select 3D Printer (pictured above) MatterHackers.com 3D printer/filament supplier Prusa i3 MK3S Kit 3D Printer (pictured above) #3DBenchy 3D Print file (Download from Thingiverse)
58 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #008 – From Beginner To Amazon Handmade Seller With Mike Winn
Mike Winn is a first time CNC’er who has not only learned how to design and program his CNC machine, but he turned his hobby into a profitable business. As you can see from the photos below, Mike is very creative and produces some very high quality items on his machine. We discuss a lot of different aspects on CNC operation and product design, in addition to the following: Using a CNC machine to start a side business Using Amazon’s Handmade service for crafters to sell itemsUtilizing scrap wood to make items to sell. Sometimes old furniture that someone is throwing out can have good quality wood to make projects with little to no material cost.Making fixtures on and for a CNC machinePrograms and applications for 3D design and CAM workPerils of running a CNC machine unattendedMaking CNC puzzles – Consider MakeCNC.com for already designed CNC puzzle filesTIP – Using machining allowance to allow clearance with a roughing toolpath to make room for a finishing end mill.Using rigid foam insulation board for testing projects and when learning to use a CNCImportance of Dust CollectionMaking Edge-lit Acrylic SignsHow to make a multi-color edge lit sign (See American flag sign below)Making Dominos on a CNCUse less expensive bits when learning but invest in good quality tooling when you are looking for the best output quality and performance. Links Vectric SoftwareSketchupAmazon HandmadeFusion 360Amana ToolMakeCNCG-Wizard Speed and Feed SoftwareDelta Dust Shoe
62 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #007 – Bob Warfield, The Creator of G-Wizard Speed and Feed Calculator and CNCCookbook.com
Bob Warfield is a proven CNC expert and is the creator of www.CNCCookbook.com and the very popular G-Wizard Speed and Feed Calculator software. We are thankful for Bob taking the time to discuss his software, speeds and feeds and much more. Bob discusses how he started CNCCookbook and what led him to starting the G-Wizard Calculator which started around 2007, which he wrote entirely on his own. He designed this software to accomplish three things:– To be the world’s best speeds and feeds calculator– Help people remember tips, which are built into the program– Wanted software that would optimize the numbers We also discussed using CAD/CAM Wizards to generate a solid starting point for your feeds and speeds when setting up a job by answering a few questions in the wizard and it will give you a complete recipe for performing that CNC operation. We also discuss tips for cutting aluminum on CNC router machines. We discuss the effects of rubbing and excessive heat and how it adversely affects how the CNC cuts as well as shortening cutter life. Chip clearing is very important in a CNC job as well because the heat is extracted from the end mill and material and is carried away in the chips. We discuss the very popular topic of Climb vs. Conventional cutting. We discuss using your ear to listen for the best speeds and feeds settings, and how this is not the best way to setup your machine. We also discuss chatter, what causes it and how do diagnose it. SPECIAL PRICING UNTIL JULY 1, 2019Save $10 off a 1 Year Subscription to G-WizardVisit www.stepcraft.us/gwizard for more info LINKS CNCCookbook.comG-Wizard Speed and Feed CalculatorTitans Of CNCWinston Moy (YouTube)Article – 11 Easy CNC Router Aluminum Cutting TipsAmana Tool
69 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #006 – Talking Fusion 360 with Lars Christensen from Autodesk
In this episode, Lars Christensen and myself talked about Fusion 360 and the features and benefits that it has for CNC router users. Lars has been with Autodesk for over 5 years now and is known around the world for his Fusion 360 tutorial videos on YouTube with over 100,000 subscribers. In this episode we discuss: Using Fusion CAM for CNC Routers vs. Conventional Milling MachinesFusion 360’s unlimited use license for hobbyists and small businesses with under $100k/year in revenueFusion 360 is based off of mechanical CAD and uses HSM Works for CAM which was purchased by Autodesk90% of CAM operations that are required by CNC router users are found in the 2D CAM section including: 2D Adaptive Clearing, 2D Pocket and 2D ContourLars discusses possible future plans for more CNC router-related content in his videos4th axis capability within Fusion 360Fusion 360 post processors and the Autodesk Post LibrarySolidworks vs. Inventor vs. Fusion 360Fusion 360 is able to open Solidworks files due to the “Any CAD” capabilityFusion 360 is cloud-based and has full support for the Mac operating systemDiscussion of Feeds and Speeds within Fusion 360Using Foam and cheap end mills when first learningUsing good quality end mills once you become more proficient and the benefits they have LINKS FROM EPISODE Fusion 360 (Autodesk)Stepcraft CNCG-Wizard (CNC Cookbook)Lakeshore CarbideAmana ToolLars’s YouTube ChannelCNC Handbook (Free Download)
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Think It. Make It. Podcast Episode #005 – What To Consider When Getting Into CNC
In this episode we discuss some basic things to consider and common questions from beginners when looking into getting a CNC. We go over the following: What computer/programming skills are requiredWhat type of computer you will needKits vs Ready-to-Run vs DIY CNC machinesSpindles vs RoutersYour desired machine usesLong term goals with the machineLead screw vs Belt drive systemsWhat level support will the company offerOnline supportBuyer Beware – When sales person slams a competitor’s machine There are a lot of choices in the CNC world and we would be lying if we told you that we did not want you to buy a Stepcraft CNC, but no matter what you decide to buy, we are more concerned about educating people to make the best decision possible for their needs, budget, skill level and long term goals. LINKS from episode: Stepcraft – www.stepcraft.usVectric – www.vectric.com Please let us know in the comments any questions or comments.
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