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How to Program Tapping in GCode

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded the programming portion of our 2 part “Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines”.  In the first installment (added to our Feeds and Speeds Cookbook), we covered the mechanics of tapping including:
– Tapping heads, tension-compression holders, and rigid tapping.  We go through the pros and cons of each one.
– Types…

Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines

Jul 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Don’t you just hate breaking taps?
We’re putting together a Complete Guide to Tapping on CNC Machines that will consist of two articles in two of our Cookbook series.  The first article, under the Feeds and Speeds Cookbook, discusses tap types, hole sizes, tapping heads, tapping fluids, and much more.  It’s available now.
The second…

The Secret of Choosing CNC Software for Pros vs Hobbyists and Beginners

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I get asked this question all the time by Hobbyists:
How do I know CNCCookbook’s software is right for me?  It looks like it is more for Professionals.
The Pros ask a little different questions aimed at whether it is suitable for the particular kind of work their shop does.  Clearly, each one is thinking…

Conversational CNC OD Taper Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

Jun 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  1 Comment

Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…

Conversational CNC Radius Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

Jun 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…

Demystifying CAD File Formats

Jun 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

CAD File Formats can be a confusing mess when  you’re just starting out.  There are so many questions that come up:
–  What’s the best format to use for exchanging information between two different CAD programs?
–  Why does this file open and look like my model but it seems broken in many ways compared…

See How You Score on the Basic GCode Programming Quiz

Jun 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  4 Comments

We’ve put together a quiz on the subject matter of Basic GCode Programming as covered in our free GCode Tutorial Course.
There are 25 questions and each question has a link to the appropriate chapter of the GCode Tutorial.  Take the quiz and then review just the material you missed.  It’s a great way to…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 8: A Spindle for Our Mill

Jun 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  4 Comments

This is the eighth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

3 Step Process For Choosing CAD Software

May 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

This article is part of our series for getting CNC Beginners up to speed fast.  Be sure to check out our CNC Beginner Home Page for more good articles.
Being a CNC Beginner can seem daunting–you have to learn a very broad range of topics before you can make your first part.  But take heart,…

Great Grinding Videos from Suburban Tool

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Have you spent much time on a surface grinder?  Do you ever need to hold a couple of tenths or less on a part?  Would you like to make super-precision tooling?
This kind of work is a little off the beaten path for many machinists.  It’s the realm of Tool Making and Toolmakers, and it’s…

How to Buy a Haas

May 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

If  you think you’ll be buying a new CNC machine tool for the first time that’s “full pro quality”, you need to check out this article from Carbide3D.  It details their experience purchasing a Haas VF-2SS to help with manufacturing some of the products they sell such as their Nomad and Shape Oko 3 CNC…

Conversational CNC Parting Wizard Available in Latest G-Wizard Editor

May 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Another week has passed so it’s time to roll out another Conversational CNC Wizard for G-Wizard Editor.
This week we’ve added a Parting Wizard.  Parting is something many lathe programs have to do to cut the part off the piece of bar stock it started with.  It’s a very simple operation, but we’ve added some…

Conversational CNC Grooving Wizard for Lathes in GWE v2.02

May 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

G-Wizard Editor‘s clock has turned over the 2.0 mark.  There’ve been a lot of changes and improvements made to it and the product is still growing very rapidly.  The current focus has been on adding a new Conversational CNC Wizard every week, although we added a new FADAL post as well recently.
This week’s addition…

Whats Hard About Learning CNC? (Survey Results)

May 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Our recent survey asking, “What’s hard about learning CNC?” was extremely popular.  We got well over 200 results in no time, so I thought I’d go ahead and publish the results.
Overview
The survey asked respondents to select which items from a list were hard to learn.  In addition, we asked about their experience level,…

What’s the Hardest Thing about CNC for Beginners?

Apr 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  15 Comments

Help us out with a short survey to understand what’s hard about CNC for beginners.  Think back to when  you were learning, or better yet, if you’re still trying to learn, and tell us your thoughts by clicking below:
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Thanks in advance for your participation.  When we’ve collected enough responses, we’ll share…

 

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