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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…

Auto Loading a Milling Vise

Apr 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Saw this one on the latest installment of the Tormach blog.  It’s an auto-loading setup for a milling vise built by machinist Joe Gerad:

Auto-Loading a Milling Vise…
We’ve featured vise auto-loaders before, but this one is so cheap and cheerful, I just had to run it here.  There’s a pneumatic gripper mounted on the…

Do You Know All the Different Kinds of Digital Tooling?


Digital Tooling–that’s my catchphrase for CAD, CAM, CNC Control Software, Feeds and Speeds Calculators, G-Code Editor/Simulators, and all the rest of the CNC Software that’s out there.  We’ve had a page up for a long time that is intended to walk folks through all the different kinds of CNC Software so they know what’s available…

7 Handy Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

Apr 22, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  5 Comments

I confess:  I’m a total Tool Hound and Gadget Freak.  If I come across something new and neat, I want one.  Here’s what’s been on my list to add to my tool boxes lately:
Small and Handy LED Flashlights
Machinists are often poking around in dark corners, trying to see what’s going on.  Having a…

Conversational CNC Drilling Wizard with Deep Hole Cycles Added to GWE v1.93

Apr 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

The next installment of our Conversational CNC Wizards is available with G-Wizard Editor version 1.93.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD drawing or running a CAM program.  For all those times when you would turn to a manual machine instead of a CNC because the…

9 Completely Frivolous Things You Could Make on Your Expensive CNC Machine

Apr 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments

We sent men to the Moon with it and much more, but CNC can also be such a decadent luxury.  No matter what you make with CNC, it takes on that certain look of mechanical perfection.  Nature is filled with organic curves, so when we see CNC’d objects, they’re particularly profound in their man-made contrast.…

CNC Software Sale Ends in Just a Few Days

Apr 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

Our Spring Sale on CNC Software is ending this Sunday, April 19.  Full details are available on our Deals and Steals Page (aka our “Cheapskate” Page).  For a limited time only we’re offering 15% off on purchases of over $100 of our CNC Software.
Here are just a few examples of our 15% off deals:…

New Conversational CNC Lathe OD Turning Wizard Available in G-Wizard Editor v1.90

Apr 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I promised 1 new Conversational CNC Wizard a week and I’m slightly ahead of schedule with the OD Turning Wizard.  I’ve just uploaded GWE v1.90 (click the link to get your copy), which has the new OD Turning Wizard.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD…

Use a Robot to Change Milling Vise Jaws? Yes, Please!

Apr 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’m always fascinated by the degree of automation that’s possible in CNC manufacturing.  There’s certainly no end of pallet changers and similar methods for loading workpieces, but how about a robot that swaps out your vise jaws?  Almost anything is possible if you’ve got the cash to automate.  Check out this neat video of one…

Lathe Conversational CNC Kicked Off in G-Wizard Editor version v1.88

Apr 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Conversational CNC is a very popular feature among G-Wizard Editor users, but what is Conversational CNC?
Simply put, it is the ability to quickly and easily generate g-code by answering a series of questions rather than by producing a CAD drawing and then applying CAM software to it.  Conversational CNC is not really a replacement…

Using a Microwave to Heat Bearings for Fitting

Apr 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Techniques  //  15 Comments

I had to check carefully that this wasn’t an April Fool’s deal, but it is apparently real.  Neat trick:

I gotta say, it’s a pretty slick idea that I’m dying to try on my wife’s microwave.
This one about balancing rotating machinery is also interesting:

I’ve got a crazy idea we can predict chatter frequencies…

Spring Sale on Our CNC Software

Apr 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

No, not those kind of springs, silly–SPRING as in the season.  You know, Spring!
Spring is when the new year really gets into the full swing of things, so we’re offering to help with our sale.  That’s right, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the…

Cheap and Cheerful Modular Tool Organizer

Apr 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  1 Comment

I tell myself that with enough tool organizing technology, my shop will always be effortlessly clean and clutter free.  Yeah right, I see you shaking your heads out there, and it’s all true.  But…
That doesn’t mean great Tool Organizing technology isn’t pretty handy too!
I came across this neat idea while reading a post…

Dave Decaussin Makes a Floating Tap Holder

Apr 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Dave Decaussin is one of the heroes of our CNC industry.  He was one of the original founders at Fadal, which they sold some years ago.  He’s been quite active since on various projects and has a great YouTube channel with a number of videos of projects he’s been working on.
He’s built several different…



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