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Time for a CNC Software Sale, and a New Shopping Cart

May 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  1 Comment
Cool ‘shopping cart’ by KAM workshops used under creative commons license CC BY-SA 2.0

Over the Memorial Day 3-Day Weekend we worked tirelessly to install a new shopping cart.  It’s been operational since late Sunday, and a number of folks have tried it.  What better way to break in the new cart than with a good old CNCCookbook sale?
So here goes:
For a limited time only, you get…

3 Step Process For Choosing CAD Software

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

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,…

Help Us Produce More Content Focused on Your Interests

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  3 Comments

We’ve recently added the ability to track some of your background to your user profile that goes with our emailings.  Our plan is to use the information to help guide content creation and to help us steer content your way that more closely fits your background.
You can update your email profile at any time…

Great Grinding Videos from Suburban Tool

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Conversational Chamfer Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Manual, Software  //  2 Comments

Our focus with G-Wizard Editor has lately been on finishing all the Conversational CNC Wizards.
First, what is Conversational CNC and why would you use it?
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.…

Trying Something New: Tax the Robots, Not the People!

May 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  12 Comments

Something of an odd title, no?  Here we are, immersed in Robots in the form of CNC.  Why would that audience ever want to see a tax on the Robots?
Largely because it’s not what it seems.  Here’s the background:
I recently read an article about the coming of driverless vehicles that spent considerable time…

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…

4 Premium Coolant Systems and How to Calculate Their Feeds and Speeds in G-Wizard

May 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Through Spindle Coolant

Coolant, in many ways, is the lifeblood of CNC, although paradoxically, it’s “Coolant” properties are it’s least valuable component for many of the Coolant options that are available.  This article surveys the different Coolant options, talks a bit about their pros and cons, and shows how to set them up in G-Wizard Calculator so your…

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…

Amateur Clockmaking Manual Machining Style

May 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  12 Comments

Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…
The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be…

Whats Hard About Learning CNC? (Survey Results)

May 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  2 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.
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…

Preliminary FADAL Post for G-Wizard Editor Now Available in GWE v1.98

Apr 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve just uploaded the latest version of our G-Wizard Editor Software.  The main new thing is that it includes a new FADAL post.
FADAL’s were extremely popular entry-level VMC’s in their day and there are still tons of them out there.  The FADAL controllers had 2 g-code dialects, and this new post is for their…


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