5 fun things from around the web you have to check out

Reddit is a very interesting platform for people from many different walks of life to share their personal experiences, opinions and information about any given topic. Here is a great sample of some of the cool discussion boards surrounding…

Print these out for easy machining

Drill bits can be difficult to size properly, making you take extra time unnecessarily away from your latest project, when you are already in the creative groove to look up exact sizes. Here are a few charts that you should be sure to have up…

IoT and Machining

The internet of things refers to the phenomena that we have seen of late, which is that machines such as kitchen appliances, watches and other basic objects are now integrating technology and connection to the internet into their design. This…

Getting the most out of your materials

Efficient use of materials is a huge part of being a successful machinist, especially when you get into the higher quality materials. Getting the most out of your materials allows you to keep your costs low, therefore allowing you to get as…

Using the right tool

Just as important as knowing how to machine is knowing what machine is best for the job. This can sometimes be a struggle because it is easy to get stuck in a routine of using one tool or a specific set of tools for any given job but this may…

Finding light for your projects

It is darn near impossible to have machine accuracy and speed if you don't have the necessary light for your projects. Since machining is not a very welcoming environment for many forms of electronics, it is time for us to get creative. Check…

Following up with hobbyist machinists

Machining is definitely not a common place hobby as it takes a lot of skill and can be pretty expensive depending on the project. But such a creature does exist and they find it really hard to put the machining down. Here is what this survey…

Estimating jobs is half the battle

I think we've all been there a few too many times. You have quoted someone for a job that ends up taking so much more time than you originally intended. Avoiding this mistake can be the difference between business failure and success. In addition…

What are your guilty tool pleasures?

When you are really passionate about something, you find yourself spending as much as you can to indulge your hobbies. This is a great article from someone who is a self professed "toolaholic" just like all of us at Ellison Machinery. Bob talks…

The little things

CNC has been used to put planes in the sky and fashion the peak of machine capabilities but it can also be used to craft gorgeous little things that all are sure to appreciate. One example of that is this CNC crafted chess set that is completely…