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Stop! Don’t Take That Part Off the Machine Yet!

Aug 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manual, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
work stop for a kurt vise

Your g-code program has ended and all looks well with the part.  What’s your next move?
For most, the next move is to pull the part out of the machine and chuck up another blank to start machining the next part.  But, depending on how well debugged your manufacturing process is, and it isn’t very…

Keep Your Tools Safe With a New Tool Check-In Procedure

Aug 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Rust preventative

I like new toys as well as the next guy, so I try to take reasonable care of them. Towards that end, I’ve adopted a standardized “check-in” procedure for my shop. When a tool arrives, it is logged into an Excel spreadsheet. I have pages for tooling, consumables (cutters, abrasives, fluids, etc.), and stock (aluminum,…

Choose the Best CNC Control: 2016 CNC Control Survey Results

Aug 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
Pro vs Hobby CNC Control Market Share

We last surveyed CNC Control market share back in 2012, so it’s been 4 years.  We got over 250 survey responses, so let’s take a look at the results.  For those who are wondering, recall that the CNC Control is the hardware and software that takes g-code and uses it to control the CNC machine.…

Save Now With Our Awesome Back to School CNC Software Sale!

Aug 22, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments
Back to School Sale

It’s nearly the end of summer (boy it flew by fast this year). so we’re launching a Back to School Sale on all our CNC Software.  We’ve knocked prices down 15% on everything we sell.
To see the sale prices, just click through and the discount is applied in the shopping cart.
Here are just…

7 Sweet Tricks and Setups for a Steam Engine Project

Aug 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  No Comments
Stacked Part Fixturing

I get asked all the time by beginners, “How can I learn about fixturing?  How can I pick up all the neat tricks experienced machinists know?”
My answer is that encourage them to always be on the lookout–scrutinize every photo when they see a thread on a forum about some project to see what tricks…

Survey: Which CNC Controller Do You Use?

Aug 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
CNC Control Panel

Which CNC Controller Do You Use?
We last surveyed about CNC Controls in 2012, so it’s high time to find out how the market has changed since then.
First, when we say CNC Control, we mean the software/hardware combination that runs the control panel of your CNC machine and is responsible for making the machine…

Corner Rounding Endmills in G-Wizard Calculator

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

With G-Wizard Calculator version 3.45, we now have support for Corner Rounding Endmills:

Corner Rounding Endmills: New Cutter Type
Corner Rounding Endmills are super-easy to use.  Just select them as a geometry type from the basic Endmill tool.  Be sure to enter the flute length (which is also the arc radius).  That’s all there is…

Our Very Special CNCCookbook Rewards Expires in Just 2 Days!

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
CNCCookbook Rewards Program

Just a short time ago, we launched our CNCCookbook Rewards program.  It was a teaser that we described as, “Something Radical, New, and Valuable for Loyal CNCCookbook Readers.”
In the teaser for this announcement, I mentioned it would be something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.  That’s absolutely true.  I’ve had a lot…

The USS CNCCookbook Needs a Hull Cleaning – Please Help If You Can!

Aug 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  5 Comments
Boat Hull Cleaning

Cleaning a hull with a hydraulic brush machine – image via Maritime Propulsion…
Web sites, like anything else, develop cruft over time.  If you don’t clean it out, the cruft will start to drag on a site’s ability to attract web traffic via Search Engines like Google.  Simply put, Google doesn’t appreciate having to spend…

Rough Cutting: The Limiting Factor in Your Shop?

Aug 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual  //  6 Comments

If you ask most home shop and DIY machinists what the limiting factor is in their shop, I suspect they’d respond that they need a bigger mill or lathe, or they need their first mill or lathe, or they need more room, or something along those lines.  Years ago, when I was starting out as…

Straightness: Latest Chapter in Our Free GD&T Course

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments
Surface Straightness

Surface Straightness controls the allowable deviation of a line on a surface such as this cylinder.
I just uploaded the latest installment in our Free GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) Course.  This one covers the Straightness Symbol, which can either be used to denote Surface Straightness or Axis Straightness.  Each one is different and has…

First Parts With Our New M3D Printer

Aug 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Products  //  3 Comments

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with our new M3D Printer, but I did manage to make my first couple of parts with it:

There’s a little bit of fuzz, but that’s pretty typical for 3D printers, especially at the low end…
Close-up of the soft jaw…
The parts are soft jaws…

Here’s What the Right Digital Tooling Can Do For You

Aug 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Have you invested in the right Digital Tooling for your CNC Work?
CNC and Manual Machinists are quite used to the idea of investing in tooling.  Many of us have never met a tooling gadget we didn’t covet, at least at first.  Sometimes, the right tooling can dramatically multiply your productivity or make possible things…

Total Beginner’s Guide to Feeds and Speeds

Aug 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments
Surface Speed Definition

Have you been finding there’s too much jargon to even get started understanding Feeds and Speeds?  I’ve heard that from some folks.  I even added a Feeds and Speeds Glossary to the startup help that you get with our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator.  But, there’s really no substitute for having a quick course that…

Another New G-Wizard Release: v3.38

Aug 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Indexable Tooling Feeds and Speeds

I just uploaded the latest G-Wizard release, version 3.38.  BTW, if you’re ever looking to download the latest release, don’t re-register for the trial. I realize the trial is the first place you got the download, but it’s very hard to use it to find the download again and there is an easier way.  Simply…



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