Vacuum workholding can be a super useful technique to hold flat materials on a CNC. Short of investing in an industrial grade setup like the Pierson SmartVac system though, Rockler’s Vacuum Clamp Pods can be an effective stand-in for woodworkers and CNC hobbyists.
Late last year, I had the chance to get a glimpse of West Coast life. Every trip out west previously had been quite narrow in scope. LA or SF to see family or friends. Maybe go to Disneyland. Visit Death Valley. Etc etc… I never really got to appreciate the community that is California. Spending […]
It’s taken me 27 years to really understand what really excited me in this world (STEAM & the Maker Movement). Now I have a plan to make it my life. When I first parted ways with academia back in 2013, I was a fledgling engineer with no ambitions beyond achieving a sustainable income and comfortable […]
Most DIY CNC kits utilize off the shelf solutions as spindle motors. These are certainly compromises compared to what you might find on a professional grade CNC, but they generally do a passable job. On the Shapeoko 3, your two supported options are the Makita RT0701C and Dewalt DWP611 compact routers. These are both very […]
We live in a sad age of skin deep media, where reporters sensationalize headlines and most people barely read more than the first 2 lines of an article. Given that, I’d like to clarify something I think every major news outlet has gotten wrong. When SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded yesterday morning (PST), it wasn’t […]
Having failed at my primary objective to make a Picatinny Rail-mountable, armored smartphone case, I realized the perfect application for my lumpy vacuum-formed case: A rocket launch. *obligatory remark about long lapse in posting anything*