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Radically Simplifying G-Wizard Startup for New Users

Jul 19, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Every software package faces an initial hurdle–what it takes for a new user to get it installed and working so they can experience the magic the package can bring for them.

Our G-Wizard Calculator is no exception.  It needs to know some things about your CNC Machine before it can give you the best Feeds and Speeds.

Since I first introduced G-Wizard, it has asked for a very comprehensive list of things.  Here’s what the setup screen looked like up until recently:

There are 33 distinct questions being asked to configure a machine…

There are 33 distinct questions being asked to configure a machine!

G-Wizard uses all that information (well actually, you need both Calculator and Editor to use ALL the information) to generate better feeds and speeds.  But, over time, as the installed base has grown and more people have been exposed to G-Wizard (well over 100K now!), folks started writing to tell me that some of the information wasn’t available for their machines.

At the same time, I had a nagging doubt that there were probably many out there who rather than write me about it, just put G-Wizard aside because they found the Setup to be too intimidating or too time-consuming.

I wasn’t doing my job of helping more G-Wizard users to become better CNC’ers.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to wake up to the possibility of simplifying the Setup, but one morning recently, an idea just popped into my head.

Instead of gathering as much information as G-Wizard could use, why not gather as much information as G-Wizard really needed for the majority of new users?

That turns out to be a lot less information and a much simpler Setup form.  Here’s what it looks like:

The new Simple Setup only needs 8 inputs instead of 33!

The new Simple Setup only needs 8 inputs instead of 33!

Best of all, every one of these 8 parameters should be available for any machine.  Three of the 8 are just naming things–make them up if you like.  One is the machine type–Mill, Router, or Lathe.  The other 4 are pretty darned simple:

  • Maximum spindle rpm
  • Minimum spindle rpm
  • Spindle power
  • Maximum feedrate

I can’t see how to make it much easier, and the initial feedback has been great.  I’m able to measure an increase in folks completing the install of about 15%, which is great.

Wait, What Did We Lose?

I know some of you are wondering what G-Wizard does without those additional Setup parameters.  After all, it was asking about them for a reason, wasn’t it?

Here’s the thing–whether or not you need to worry about those parameters depends on who you are and what you hope to achieve with G-Wizard.  With just one minor exception (power curves), every other parameter that went away was all about increasing your performance when machining.

If you’re a beginner or a hobbyist, you don’t need all that stuff.  It won’t increase things much in either case.  Plus, you can always come back and fill out that information at a later date.

The main thing is getting to use G-Wizard much sooner and with less effort, so you can try it out.

This new streamlined setup first appeared in G-Wizard Calculator version 3.91.  It’s PC-only for a little while longer, but if you want to download it, just click the Help button at the top of the page.

If you’ve never tried G-Wizard, check out our free 30-day trial.  With the new setup, we’ll have you doing feeds and speeds less than a minute after you register and download.  Plus, you’ll get online guided tours of all the cool features, worked examples, and a whole lot more.

If you already tried G-Wizard a long time ago, didn’t buy it, and want to try again, just send me an email.  I’d be happy to renew your trial.

 

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Radically Simplifying G-Wizard Startup for New Users
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2 Comments

  • What do you mean that “It’s PC-only for a little while longer”

    Is it going to be cloud only, or maybe Mac or even Linux?

  • John, G-Wizard runs natively on PC and Mac. The Mac version just takes a little longer to keep up to date with the PC.

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