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    The How To category houses blog posts with any information from how to set up your tool to how to hold down parts.

    Joinery (part 1)

    by  • December 4, 2017 • How To • 0 Comments

    Joinery is the targeted application of stress and the employment of friction to turn two components into one object. The stress part seems obvious to most people–they feel the energy they put into twisting a screwdriver turning into pressure on the board they’re bolting down to the floor. The friction component is just slightly...

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    Dust Collection

    by  • February 4, 2016 • How To • 1 Comment

    I’ve spent a bit of time, in other blog posts, talking about various parts of the production setup we use to cut Handibot parts. One big piece of using CNC routers in production environments that I haven’t touched on is dust collection. CNC routers are dust making machines – if it’s not making dust and...

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    Hold Downs for Production

    by  • January 4, 2016 • How To • 2 Comments

    I had a conversation with someone not too long ago about hold downs for production volume parts, and I thought it might be good to share a little bit about our experiences here at Handibot. For production hold downs, I’m looking for three things—something that is fast, reliable, and repeatable. These requirements immediately remove...

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    Toolpathing Tips for Production Parts

    by  • December 2, 2015 • How To • 0 Comments

    Here at Handibot, we use ShopBot Desktop and Desktop MAX tools to cut many of our parts. We use VCarve Pro to generate all of our toolpaths. Here’s a tip or two for those using VCarve Pro for production work. First, let me explain our workflow. Normally, a part is designed in CAD and...

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    Getting Started With a New Material

    by  • November 18, 2015 • How To • 0 Comments

    I feel like the issue of getting started with a new material comes up a lot, so I thought it might be useful to share some of my experiences. Recently, I was handed the files for the Styrofoam packaging that we use for some of the Handibot accessories and asked to get them to cut...

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