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Total Beginners Guide to Feeds and Speeds, Part 2

Sep 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Guest-Post, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Sweet Spots for Feeds and Speeds

Part 2 of my super simple course on Feeds and Speeds for Beginners is up over on the Carbide3D Blog. Yes, that’s right, I guest posted over on their blog.
In Part 1 (also guest posted at Carbide3D), I went over the “Speeds” part of Feeds and Speeds.  That is, I talked about how to…

Announcing a New Deep Learning Guide for CNC Beginners

Sep 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Step by step guide to making CNC parts for beginners

You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make…
You’ve got a vision for a part you want to make.  You’ve been lusting after your own CNC Machine for a long time.  You just want to put the two together, but try as you might, there’s no map to guide you.  No article…

Circularity: Another Chapter in the Free GD&T Course

Aug 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Circularity (Roundess) callout

I just uploaded a chapter covering the Circularity Symbol in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.
Circularity, as you would expect, is commonly used for circular parts such as cylinders, cones, and spheres.  It’s important when the parts must move smoothly and with a minimum of wear, so for example, one might want…

Have You Heard How CNCCookbook Helps Schools and Educators?

Aug 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments
Schools using CNCCookbook

Since we’re running a Back to School sale (ends next week!), I wanted to talk a bit about how CNCCookbook helps Schools and Educators.
For the curious, we’ve put together a list of the well over 350 Schools have used CNCCookbook’s software.  You’ll see that our list includes many of the biggest names in education.…

Keep Your Tools Safe With a New Tool Check-In Procedure

Aug 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Rust preventative

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,…

7 Sweet Tricks and Setups for a Steam Engine Project

Aug 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  No Comments
Stacked Part Fixturing

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…

Corner Rounding Endmills in G-Wizard Calculator

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Rough Cutting: The Limiting Factor in Your Shop?

Aug 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual  //  6 Comments

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…

Straightness: Latest Chapter in Our Free GD&T Course

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Surface Straightness

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…

First Parts With Our New M3D Printer

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

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…

Here’s What the Right Digital Tooling Can Do For You

Aug 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Total Beginner’s Guide to Feeds and Speeds

Aug 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments
Surface Speed Definition

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…

Complete Guide to Structural Steel Sizes and Shapes Just Added

Aug 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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……

Set Up G-Wizard for Small CNC Machines

Jul 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments
Runout vs Tool Life

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…

Bolt Circle Calculator (Free)

Jul 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

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