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New GW Calculator Release With More Awesome Suggestions from You!

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I just uploaded GW Calculator version 3.71, and it’s got some great features motivated directly by your suggestions.  A lot of them are detail level usability tweaks and bug fixes, but I want to cover the three most obvious ones here along with an important note for GW Editor users.
New Cheat Sheet Getting Started…

Have You Seen the Free Software and Huge Discounts We Offer to CNC’ers?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
We have some amazing deals that hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  I’m talking about both Free Software and Deep Discounts.
Free Calculators in All Shapes and Sizes
There is a huge…

CAM Survey Results 2016: Customer Satisfaction Awards

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
powermill gold customer satisfaction award cnccookbook

One of the most interesting parts of our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Survey Results is the Customer Satisfaction.  We ask respondents to rate their CAM packages on a scale of:

It Rocks
It’s OK
Not Happy

Having only 3 values keeps it simple.  In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…

Upcoming CNCCookbook Product Reviews: Good Stuff!

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
TTS Racking System for Tormach Enclosure

TTS Racking System for Tormachs is one of the upcoming reviews I’ll be doing!
We’re getting ready to start something new for 2017: product reviews.
I’ve got a bumper crop of reviews coming up here in the CNCCookbook blog:

The Rack:  TTS Racking System by Santa Cruz Electronics.  This is a must-have accessory for anyone…

Scary Vacuum Fixture Mishap and Some Possible Cures

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments
vacuum fixture cnc crash

I jumped about two feet when this plate broke loose from the vacuum fixture while the pocket floor was being machined:

He had actually dialed things back quite a bit to try to keep it happy, and I would have thought the majority of the worst cutting forces were done, but the part still broke…

Learn How to Tolerance Circular Runout in GD&T

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
circular runout gd&T

I just uploaded another installment to our Free GD&T Tutorial, and this article explains the Circular Runout symbol.

Circular Runout tolerance on a drawing…
Circular Runout is a fairly common GD&T symbol.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances is a methodical and scientific way to specify tolerances on your drawings.  It tells in a concise symbolic way…

Year End CNC Software Sale Extended 1 Week!

Jan 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Good news: I am extending our sale one week.  Instead of ending Friday Jan 6 as originally planned, it will end this Friday, Jan 13.  That’s just a couple of days away.
I just had too many folks with open questions and nearly complete trials who wanted a little more time and didn’t want to…

Which CNC Skills Give You An Advantage Over Others?

Jan 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
cnc skills

Did you ever hit a tough problem in the shop, one where nobody seemed to know what to do, and all of a sudden someone came forward and saved the day?
Those kind of incidents are what elevate some players over others in the workplace.  Nothing like saving the bacon because you have some scarce…

5 Awesome Ways to Use a GCode Editor Simulator With CAM

Jan 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
how many cnc'ers know gcode?

I get asked this question a lot:
Why would I need a GCode Editor Simulator when I’ve got CAM and it has a Simulator too?
For many CNC’ers, they think CAM means they’ll never need or want to deal with g-code. So why would they ever consider having a G-Code Editor / Simulator like our…

The Ultimate Feeds and Speeds Cheat Sheets (and More)

Jan 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds cheat sheet

Do you use cheat sheets?
You know, those little pieces of paper or charts where you cram in a quick summary of everything you need to know to solve some type of problem quickly.  Man, I got through college on my cheat sheets!
Now hang on, before you start thinking I was actually cheating, our…

Results of the 2016 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
High End CAM Market Share

I just closed the survey to further entries having gotten several hundred responses.  This is quite a large group, and certainly large enough to be statistically significant.  Product Managers at a variety of CADCAM companies, large and small, tell me they find the results very valuable in their own planning.  There’s really no other source…

How Was Your 2016? Ours Rocked!

Jan 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Happy New Year CNC’ers!

Taking time to thoroughly review what happened in 2016…
I am allocating a big block of time right at the beginning of 2017 to thoroughly review what happened in 2016 and think carefully about how I want to move forward in 2017.
I want to start by saying that 2016 was…

How Good Machinists Hold Tight Tolerances on Worn Out Old Machines

Dec 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
old worn out cnc machine tolerances

Even an old worn out machine can hold decent tolerances for the right machinist.  Well, maybe not this old and worn out!
One of the great things about my job is I’m in contact with a lot of machinists from all walks–high-end aerospace, mom and pop job shops, prototype and model shops, hobbyists and so…

3 Resources to Kick Start Your CNC Career for the New Year

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

With the New Year fast approaching, many CNC’ers will be looking at whether to make a change in where they’re working or how to advance more quickly with their current employer.  Here are 3 helpful resources to help you kick start your CNC Career in the New Year:
The 15 Best Web Sites for CNC…

Fun Podcast: Bob Warfield on Starting a Successful CNC Business

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Thought I’d share this Podcast Interview Bill Griggs did with me for CNCRouterTips.com:

[Podcast: Finding Your Audience With Bob Warfield]
It touches on how I got into CNC, how CNCCookbook started, and a number of other things.
Bill is great fun to talk to.  He writes about CNC Routers, CNC Businesses, and is generally a…

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