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Browsing articles from "December, 2010"

America: Built by the Little Guys, Not the Big Ones

Dec 22, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments

I correspond with quite a lot with friends in the Manufacturing world, as one of my big interests aside from software is building things.  Come to think of it, that’s really my interest in software too!
For a long time there has been a great hue and cry about the demise of Manufacturing in the…

And Now, the Secret RSS Link for CNCCookbook

Dec 21, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

I will tell you the secret link…
I’ve had a lot of requests over the last year for an RSS feed for CNCCookbook. What many don’t realize is the ‘Cookbook reads like a blog, but I’m not using any blog software like WordPress to produce it. Each page is hand crafted in Dreamweaver. I’ve got…

The Results are in on the CAM Package Survey

Dec 17, 2010   //   by   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  15 Comments

Wow! We had a lot of folks participate in the CAM package survey. Thanks very much for your time!
And now it’s time for the results.
We’re dealing with two radically different groups here. It’s not really fair to compare an under $1000 CAM package against a full-featured package costing many thousands of dollars and…

Which CAM Package Do You Use?

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

I’m starting to do the research that is a precursor to building integrations between the G-Wizard software (calculator and editor) and various CAM packages. Towards that end, it will help me greatly to have some idea the relative popularity of the various packages since I won’t be able to build integrations for every package all…

G-Wizard High Speed Machining Feeds and Speeds

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

The G-Wizard Machinist’s Calculator has a new HSM Feeds and Speeds feature:

HSM Toolpaths can estimate your Tool Engagement Angle, tell you how much to slow down in corners, and tell you how much faster your feeds and speeds can be if your CAM program generates HSM toolpaths with constant tool engagement angles…
“HSM” refers…

Machining an AR-15 Lower Receiver with G-Wizard

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

This is one of those ridiculously cool projects that brings home what I love about CNC and machine work: you can build anything!
Here is a video that details the software that Jim used to set up for his project:

Nice plug for G-Wizard at the beginning!
Lots of good stuff in the video about…

G-Wizard G-Code Editor Gets a Little Touch of 3D Graphics

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Sometimes, it’s the little things that help out usability. I added a 3D rendering of the tool to the G-Wizard G-Code Editor and suddenly it’s much more obvious what’s going on in the simulation:

Check out the G-Wizard Editor Beta Test: It’s Free!…

CNC Embroidery

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software  //  1 Comment

Somehow, I never tire of finding new CNC applications. It’s gotten to the point where it’s relatively cheap to create custom CNC controllers for odd applications, or in this case, custom CNC software. This is Khalid Khattak’s CNC Embroidery program:

Visit Khalid’s blog for more information…
If you’re doing something unusual with CNC, drop me…

The Future of Robots in Manufacturing

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I just watched a couple of fascinating videos on where robots are going and how that relates to manufacturing. They’re by Artificial Intelligence expert Rodney Brooks, who was also the man behind the iRobot robot vacuum cleaners. The nearly hour long series from Maker Faire 2009 can be seen here, but the interesting segment showing…

A Peek at the Upcoming G-Wizard Cut Knowledge Base

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

What’s a Cut Knowledge Base (KB for short) you ask?
It’s a way to dramatically enhance your feeds and speeds based on the real world performance of your machines, tooling, and shop practices. Look at it this way–wherever you’re getting your feeds and speeds inputs, be it a sophisticated calculator like G-Wizard, or directly from…

G-Wizard Picked Up in Tormach Face Milling Video

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Check out the Tormach blog for a lot more information, but here is the video:

G-Wizard and SpeedyMetals play along with the Tormach Video…
It’s a cool video. That little facemill moves right along. I’ve had great luck with APKT tooling.  In this case, I wonder how the facemill would do with a little roughing…

Last Day for Special Beta Pricing on G-Wizard!

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Today is the last day for special beta pricing on G-Wizard. The special price is $99 for 3 years. After today, the price goes up to the regular $129 for 3 years.
Be sure to check it out!
Note:  this is a repost.  The last day was 11/20/2010…

Cutting Edge CNC Knee Mill From the 70’s

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

Well, in truth I don’t know if it was really cutting edge or is a 60’s or 70’s machine, but I think these old machines are a hoot:

Note the tape drive and funky looking pneumatic mechanism to run the quill for Z…
As cool as it is, I know guys with retrofitted knee mills…

Throttle Body Injection: Feeds and Speeds Courtesy of G-Wizard

Dec 14, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Here’s a very cool project from one of our G-Wizard customers:
Throttle Body Injection: Feeds and Speeds Courtesy of G-Wizard
Gotta love the 5-axis work!…

Part 2 of Tool Data Management with Tool Presetting, TDM Software, Chatter Management, and More

Dec 14, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just posted Part 2 of my two-part series on Tool Data Management. Part 1 was all about what kinds of data you’d be managing such as Tool Length Offsets.

Tool Presetter…
Hopefully you’ll come across a thing or two of interest!…



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