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G-Wizard Guided Tours: Just Right Documentation

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Sometimes a quick video will get you up to speed quickly on a product feature–that’s why we offer G-Wizard University (accessible from the Help Page) for both our Feeds and Speeds Calculator and the G-Wizard Editor.  But, other times, the video goes by too fast and you’re scrambling to get all the details so you…

Odds and Ends: 5 Handy Shop Tips and Tools

Sep 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’ve been collecting these for some time to put into an article like this, so here goes!
Use a 1-2-3 Block as a Small Parts Rack
I did a team build on a little steam engine and had to make a bunch of connecting rods.  BTW, team builds are great fun.  Each person makes enough…

The 12 Secrets of Machining Tough Materials on Small CNC Machines

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Machining difficult materials like Titanium and Stainless Steel is a scary business if you own a smaller CNC machine.  Even doing aluminum versus plastics and woods can be daunting.  Our article on machining aluminum for CNC Routers is one of the most popular we’ve ever done, for that reason.  But here is the surprising thing:…

Did You Know CNCCookbook Has a CNC Dictionary?

Sep 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  No Comments

We created our CNC Dictionary a long time back, but continue to add new terms to it.  It’s part of a long line of reference materials to help beginners come up to speed on CNC. Some other great examples include:

CNC Beginner’s Cookbook:  Beginner’s get started here.  This page guides you down a path of…

Quickie Vise Pallets for Small Parts

Sep 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  5 Comments

The secret sauce for a lot of very clever machine work is in the fixturing and workholding, so I always pay attention when people are posting pictures of their fixtures (he’s a poet and just don’t know it, yeah right!). Here is a nice simple little fixture from Travis on CNCZone:

It’s kind of like…

Decimal Points: A Quick Way for the Unwary to Crash a CNC Machine

Aug 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Those of you who are relatively new to CNC but who have been around more experienced CNC’ers have probably wondered why they always add a decimal point in the GCode, even when there’s nothing following the decimal.  For example, to go to 5 inches (or mm in metric) right of the origin, they will enter…

8 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best Screwdriver

Aug 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products  //  34 Comments

As machinist’s, we use screwdrivers a lot, right?  Many of us are also major tool junkies.  So, when we get tired of the usual Craftsman or SnapOn options, where do we go for a better screwdriver?
I thought it was worth some research and came up with 9 brands.  What makes a better screwdriver?  Lots…

Adam Savage’s Radical Alternative to Tool Boxes

Aug 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  16 Comments

What’s better: crazy crowded drawers or a nice vertical organized tool stand?
I’m a toolbox fanatic.  Almost every year when they go on sale after Father’s Day or Christmas, I look over the deals, and buy another rolling tool box.  It seems like there are never enough drawers available to really organize a shop, and…

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…

 

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