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I like new toys as well as the next guy, so I try to take reasonable care of them. Towards that end, I’ve adopted a standardized “check-in” procedure for my shop. When a tool arrives, it is logged into an Excel spreadsheet. I have pages for tooling, consumables (cutters, abrasives, fluids, etc.), and stock (aluminum,…
I get asked all the time by beginners, “How can I learn about fixturing? How can I pick up all the neat tricks experienced machinists know?”
My answer is that encourage them to always be on the lookout–scrutinize every photo when they see a thread on a forum about some project to see what tricks…
With G-Wizard Calculator version 3.45, we now have support for Corner Rounding Endmills:
Corner Rounding Endmills: New Cutter Type
Corner Rounding Endmills are super-easy to use. Just select them as a geometry type from the basic Endmill tool. Be sure to enter the flute length (which is also the arc radius). That’s all there is…
If you ask most home shop and DIY machinists what the limiting factor is in their shop, I suspect they’d respond that they need a bigger mill or lathe, or they need their first mill or lathe, or they need more room, or something along those lines. Years ago, when I was starting out as…
Surface Straightness controls the allowable deviation of a line on a surface such as this cylinder.
I just uploaded the latest installment in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course. This one covers the Straightness Symbol, which can either be used to denote Surface Straightness or Axis Straightness. Each one is different and has…
I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with our new M3D Printer, but I did manage to make my first couple of parts with it:
There’s a little bit of fuzz, but that’s pretty typical for 3D printers, especially at the low end…
Close-up of the soft jaw…
The parts are soft jaws…
Have you invested in the right Digital Tooling for your CNC Work?
CNC and Manual Machinists are quite used to the idea of investing in tooling. Many of us have never met a tooling gadget we didn’t covet, at least at first. Sometimes, the right tooling can dramatically multiply your productivity or make possible things…
Have you been finding there’s too much jargon to even get started understanding Feeds and Speeds? I’ve heard that from some folks. I even added a Feeds and Speeds Glossary to the startup help that you get with our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator. But, there’s really no substitute for having a quick course that…
I’ve just added our Complete Guide to Structural Steel Sizes and Shapes to our Calculator and Reference Data page.
Machinists and Fabricators often use these shapes so it’s handy to have access to this data. It’s available both in reference chart form and as a free calculator built into G-Wizard:
Free Size and Weight Calculator……
I get asked all the time how to set up G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator for small machines that aren’t very rigid. Folks know intuitively (or after finding out the hard way) that these machines often can’t handle feeds and speeds that are as aggressive as other heavier machines.
G-Wizard has a well-designed set of…
Yeah, I know, that “Free” on the end of that title looks a little cheezy, LOL. What can I say, just trying to get the word out about an important new feature in our G-Wizard Calculator. Believe it or not, it isn’t the Bolt Circle Calculator that’s important, although it’s cool. It’s that we’re going…
The basics have all been laid out in our Free GD&T Course. “GD&T” stands for “Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing”, which is an extremely useful standard for how to specify dimensions and tolerances on drawings–obviously something very useful for CNC’ers to know.
What’s left to finish the course is to write a lesson for each of…
We’ve invested a lot of time and effort into our Complete Guide to CNC Mill Feeds and Speeds. Is one of a number of in-depth Cookbooks we offer to help you become a Better CNC’er, and it was the first one we ever created.
We don’t like to rest on our laurels, so I’ve done…
What if there was a Feeds and Speeds Calculator specially made for CNC Routers? What would it do differently?
As many of you have made abundantly clear in conversations we’ve had, CNC Routers need a bunch of things that are different than what other CNC’ers may need.
I used to constantly see CNC…
3D Printers are cool–they’re very fun to play with. But they have some drawbacks too. They’re slow, the quality of the surface finish on parts you print often requires a lot of extra work to smooth out, they can be finicky unless tuned up, and they’re not incredibly cheap either for all that.