Things, People and Products that inspire me or fascinate me.
Like everyone I have a set of regular sites and resources that I monitor or use for references on CNC, CAD, live steam, clockmaking and Fusion 360. Some of these are listed below.
Metalworking / Clockmaking
Bill Smith is sadly no longer with us but his clock and telegraph key books and videos got me started and I learned so much from them. His wife Judy still maintains the website and sales of books and videos.
Chris at Clickspring is a wonder to watch and his media is always professionally presented. I contribute to his work via Patreon.
Brian Mumford produced the Sherline CNC rotary table controller software and he also has a clock timing device called the Microset which is a fantastic piece of kit for analysing a clock or watch movement.
Ken Toonz at Zeamon is similar to Clickspring but with CNC content
Malcolm Wild is world renown for his book on Pinon and Wheel Cutting and he offers many clock related tools and a fabulous wealth of knowledge and experience.
John Wilding has written many hands books on clockmaking and these can be viewed on Ian T Cobbs clock related site.
Jimmy Diresta is another Patreon site. This is a talented guy who just seems to know what to do with any tool to produce some fine work. Met him on a NYC CNC training course at Saunders Machine Works.
Chris Raynerd has an interesting mix of clock and other mechanical projects.
NYC CNC / Saunders Machine Works is my favourite resource for Fusion 360 and general machining knowledge. John Saunders is a font of knowledge imparted with enthusiasm. He is another one I contribute to via Patreon.
Lars Christensen is another Fusion resource for training lessons on YouTube.
Jason Hughes is a Fusion and Tormach user and does some nice stuff on his excellent YouTube channel.
A recent find and really good for beginners on Fusion 360 is ‘Learn Fusion or Die Trying’ by Paul McWhorter YouTube channel.
CNC Cookbook and their GWizard program is indispensable.
Two books that should be on your shelf … a gentle GCode intro is Dr Marcus Bowman’s ‘CNC Milling in the Workshop’ and for a meaty reference Peter Smid’s ‘CNC Programming Handbook’. Both on Amazon.
There is a website called Sharpen Up which has an article on the history of CNC and various tool reviews which might be of interest.
Stuff You Might Want to Look At (and be in awe)
Cardew Watches – Mike is a fellow Tormach PCNC owner and and his stuff is magical.
Roger Smith – do I need to say more ?
That is apart from Fusion 360
Mindmanager from MindJet as a planning tool using spider diagrams
Fing for network viewing and management
Gearwheel Designer for clock wheel cutting
Canvas X for scale drawings that don’t need Fusion or similar
Corel WordPerfect Presentations old and quirky but good for simple sketches
Scrivener for book planning and writing
FlatCAM for converting PCB Gerber files to GCode
Fences, Object Dock and Groupy from Stardock for desktop management
PhaseExpress for often repeated phrases by shortcut keystrokes
FlatCAM for converting Gerber and Excellon files to GCode
and old fashioned as it might be PrintScreen Deluxe for screenshot management
One from left field ….The Ghengis Khan Guide to Business by Brian Warnes
Lots and lots our there to chose from so the list is limited to ones you might not normally find : –
Howard at Myford-Lathes keeps a large stockholding of tools and machines with a heavy Myford influence along with Live Steam and Clock related.
If you need a handbook for an existing machine or tool then Tony’s site at Lathes.co.uk is worth a look.
I like Steam Workshop and their set up for finding and repairing pre-owned live steam locomotives. (They also have a Tormach 1100).
That lot should keep you clicking for an hour our so ….