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Just a Few Days Left on Our April 2014 Sale

Apr 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments
pugvision

Just a few days left to run on our April 2014 Sale.  It gives you 15% off any purchase over $100 by entering coupon code “GUITAR WELDER” in the shopping cart.  Go ahead, check out the details.  The pug did and clearly found some eye popping deals.  Yes I know it’s a cheap marketing trick to use a Spokes-Pug, but we’re just a small business.  We do what we have to!
Meanwhile, consider these possibilities for the sale:
-  G-Wizard Calculator 3 Year Subscription:  Regularly $129, on sale for $109.65.  Plus, if you have at least 3 years of subscription history, we’ll upgrade you to lifetime with purchase of 3 years.… Read the rest

What if Porsche Made CNC Machining Centers?

Apr 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments
Porsche

I was recently contacted by the West Coast Office of Datron Dynamics.  It seems they were interested in getting G-Wizard Calculator into the hands of their customers.  Their machines are, to use their word, Unconventional.  For one thing, they all have very high speed spindles, which makes Feeds and Speeds problematic.  Even if you’re an old hand running the usual VMC’s found in manufacturers, very few will have had experience above, say, 15000 rpm.  This is the realm of High Speed Machining.  Suffice it to say that G-Wizard worked great for their customer.  … Read the rest

Telling the MeshCAM Story a Little Better: Easy CAM for Beginners

Apr 22, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

When I first discovered and reviewed MeshCAM, I was surprised at its simplicity.  So much so that I wrote about it in these pages.  It wasn’t very long before I approached the author, Robert Grezsek, about being able to offer his software here on CNCCookbook.  I was so pleased when he said, “Yes.”
But, after putting up a very simple notice on our Software page, I never got back to putting together a proper home page for MeshCAM here at CNCCookbook.  We sold a bunch of it, but I can’t help but think we could’ve told the story a little better.  … Read the rest

Big New G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.40 Adds New Tool Types and Wizards

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
CCWThreadDB

I just uploaded GW Calculator version 2.4 to the install page.  Lots of neat stuff in this release:
- Added Lathe Threading as a new Tool Type in Feeds/Speeds.
- Added a Threading CADCAM Wizard.
- Added the ability to transfer thread specs from the Thread Database to the Threading CADCAM Wizard.
- Added a Center Drill Tool Type in Feeds/Speeds.
- Added CADCAM Custom Wizard for CADCAM Estimator and other Cycle Time calculations.
- Updated the csv file format to include an “opTime” column that is the time in minutes for the operation.… Read the rest

Building the Rostock Max v2 3D Printer, Part 1

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment
KitContents

We just got in our Rostock Max v2 3D Printer kit from SeeMeCNC the other day, so I want to chronicle what it’s like to build one.  Here’s the contents of the big box delivered to our door:

Related parts are individual bagged into parts kits.  Printer structure is laser cut melamine…
The parts are neatly divided into individually bagged sets of related components plus the laser cut melamine that makes up the bulk of the printer’s structure except for the vertical rails.  The manual needs to be downloaded from the site, which is nice, because you can scan through the manual ahead of time to see how hard it looks to build the kit (a finished albeit slightly smaller work volume version is available for a few hundred dollars more).… Read the rest

Can 3D Printed Ice Cubes Make Your Whiskey Taste Better?

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments
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Start with Autodesk’s 123D Catch software that converts photos to 3D models.  Add a CNC Router with high speed spindle that’s in a chamber chilled to -7 degrees C.  Take a block of ice made from the finest pure spring water and slice a smaller blank from it.  Place the ice onto the the CNC Router, cue the jazz music and make your ice cube:

When the cube is ready, put it in your finest crystal tumbler and add a splash of Suntory whiskey.  Relax in your favorite chair and enjoy.  … Read the rest

New Beta Version of GW Editor With Improved Performance Available to Test

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Every now and then I make a major change to one of our core products.  That necessitates some Beta testing rather than just dumping all that new stuff into the production code line.  When that happens I need your help to give the new goodness a good wringing out.  In this case, I have a new Beta version of G-Wizard Editor available.  What’s been done to it is to replace the 3D graphics library with a much newer one.  Switching to the new 3D graphics library (my equivalent of OpenGL) accomplishes several things:
1.  … Read the rest

Announcing Our April CNCCookbook Sale Because of Welding, Jelly Beans, Guitars and More

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  3 Comments
WeldingGuitars

I’m announcing our April 2014 CNCCookbook Sale because, um, because…
Well, the truth is, I tried to find a nearby holiday or special occasion to hang this sale on, but the pickings are a bit slim in April.  Every other month has plenty to go on.  There is a National Jelly Bean day in April, but that didn’t seem important enough to associate with a sale.  It is National Welding Month, and that’s very much related to manufacturing, so we will definitely tip our hats to any welders.  It’s also International Guitar Month, and I happen to know a surprising number of people involved with using CNC machinery to make guitars, so there’s another hat tip to those Luthier fellows out there.  … Read the rest

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 6: Motor Selection Wrap-Up

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  No Comments
MotorSizing

This is the sixth 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 Open Loops (Servos vs Steppers)
Part 4:  Motion Performance
Part 5:  Acceleration and Cutting Forces
In this installment, we’ll wrap up the process for selecting your axis drive motors, leadscrews, and timing belt drives.
Time to wrap up the last 3 articles on factors that influence motor selection.  … Read the rest

Results of the CNCCookbook Tool Data Management Survey

Apr 14, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
ToolChanger

Last week we did a survey on how everyone is doing their Tool Data Management.  Lots of response to the survey, so it’s time to summarize the results.  The idea here was to understand specifically how people deal with tool length (and to a lesser extent tool width) data as well as syncing up data from their CAM program to their Machine Controllers and Shop Floor.
Why is Tool Data Important?
Tool Data is important because it is a problem everyone must solve.  We start from CAM, which has to know what tool is to be used for each operation.  … Read the rest

Announcing Our New Partner: FASTech

Apr 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing  //  No Comments
FASTechAbout

I’m pleased to announce that FASTech, one of the Top 10 Mastercam dealers, is now offering G-Wizard Calculator to customers to help them with their Feeds and Speeds.  These folks are a wonderful resource to the Mastercam community and are responsible for the eMastercam online community for Mastercam users.  Their territory is Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.  Check them out if you’re in that area, and even if you’re not check out the various resources they offer and especially eMastercam.  There’s a ton of expertise and good information available from that online board.… Read the rest

5 3D Printing Clock Projects

Apr 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment
IconClock

Long time CNCCookbook readers will have come across my project-in-planning Astronomical Clock.  It’s one of those projects I promise myself I will be devoted to when my life is a little less busy (does that time ever come?).  Meanwhile, with a new 3D Printer on its way to CNCCookbook (just got the tracking notice yesterday, very excited!), I started wondering about making a clock with the 3D Printer.  Who knows, maybe this would be a good way to prototype some of the gear trains for my Astro Clock?  This also goes under the category of wanting to do something with CNC that my (nearly all) non-CNC friends would find interesting.  … Read the rest

Another GWC Release In the Can: Grooving/Parting, Peck Depth and MillTurn

Apr 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
GWCInACan

I’ve uploaded a couple of minor feature releases of GW Calculator lately and wanted to bring you up to speed on what new goodies are there.  First thing is the latest release is GWC version 2.38 and it is available for download by clicking this link.
Now let’s go over what all is there:
New Grooving/Parting CADCAM Wizard
There’s a new CADCAM Wizard aimed at Grooving and Parting operations for lathes.  Here’s what it looks like:

Like all our CADCAM Wizards, the Grooving/Parting Wizard is designed to get you a complete plan of action for machining the feature with as little effort as possible.  … Read the rest

Survey Time: How Do You Collect, Manage, and Use Tool Table Data?

Apr 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
ZPresetter

Time for another survey.  I’ve had folks asking various questions for some time about how others are collecting, managing, and using Tool Table Data.  You know, like how long is that tool and how do I get that length into my tool table?
This survey is designed to collect all that information so we can see how the rest of the world does it.  Please give us your 2 cents and then you’ll be able to view the results:
Take the CNCCookbook Tool Data Survey
Thanks in advance, I’ll report back on the overall results soon!… Read the rest

New 3D Printer Kit Coming to CNCCookbook Soon

Apr 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  3 Comments
Rostock3DPrinter

We’ll have a new 3D Printer project underway here at CNCCookbook soon.  I just ordered the SeeMeCNC Rostock MAX v2 3D Printer Kit.  The Rostock is a “Delta” style printer, which has always intrigued me.  The kit purports to include everything you need except for a few tools and supposedly can be assembled in about 20 hours time.  The finished machine is quite good looking:

Rostock MAX V2 3D Printer…
The specs are impressive:
Over 1300 cubic inches of build volume (11″ Diameter by over 14 1/2″ height)
• US Made – high quality, laser cut, injection molded, and CNC machined parts.… Read the rest

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