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7 Biggest Feeds and Speeds Mistakes CNC’ers Make

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
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These are things I hear over and over again talking to CNC’ers.  There are some better ways and some better answers that can really improve your Feeds and Speeds practices if you’re open to them.  Fixing your Feeds and Speeds is one of the easiest productivity hacks you’ll ever make.
Assuming Feeds and Speeds Can…

10 New Year’s Resolutions You SHOULD Keep This Year!

Jan 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
Ready to take on 2016?

What kinds of New Year’s Resolutions do CNC’ers make?
Well of course anything is possible, but here are some ideas that will maximize your productivity.  I always try to make resolutions that save me time so I can do more.  Seems like the most valuable kind of resolution, doesn’t it?
Let’s take three big categories…

CNCCookbook Grew Like Crazy in 2015

Jan 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments
BlastOff

I was just going over our web traffic numbers to compare 2015 to 2014 and I was blown away by just how much we’ve grown.  Here are some statistics:
Sessions:  Up 97% to 2,739,584.  Think of Sessions as visits to the CNCCookbook web site.
Pageviews:  Up 16% to 4,964,760.  That’s a lot of web pages…

New Sharing Features in G-Wizard Products

Jan 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
NoSolicitingThinMints

Time for another update.  I have uploaded new versions of G-Wizard Calculator, G-Wizard Editor, and G-Wizard Estimator.  You can find the download links on our Help Page.
There is much new in these releases.  For starters all G-Wizard products can share machine profiles, posts, and tool cribs.  The sharing all works the same and is…

Holiday Sale Extended: Hooray!

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
FreeWiFi

Our Sale Prices are much better, honest!
By popular demand (yes, I do read all my emails), we’re extending our Holiday Sale through the end of next week–the sale ends Sunday, January 10.  We give our biggest discounts at the end (and now the beginning) of each year–20% off on all our CNC Software.
To…

Chuck Norris Has Got Nothing On You: Because You’re A CNC’er

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  1 Comment
ChuckNorris

You’ve heard what they say about Chuck Norris?  Guns carry him for protection.
Listen: Chuck’s got nothing on you, because you’re a CNC’er.
You’ve got CNC Machines, welders, air tools, belt sanders, grinders, and every other imaginable tool in your arsenal.  You can make almost anything in your shop.  Man Cave?  Forget about it.  You…

Strengths and Weaknesses of the 16 Leading CAM Software Packages

Dec 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  9 Comments
Meltdown

Picking the wrong CAM package can be a nightmare…
What sorts of things would you like to know before purchasing CAM Software?  CAM is often expensive, you’ll invest hours learning to use it properly, and it may make the difference between success or failure of your CNC project.  Odds are, the more you know about…

CNCCookbook Product Roadmap for 2016, Plus 2015 Recap

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments
Astonished

What Are you Crazy CNCCookbook Dudes Planning Next?
It’s end of year and time to talk a bit about what we accomplished in 2015 with our CNC Software and where we’ll be going with it in 2016.
2015 Recap

It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook.  We…

All About Wood Types and Feeds and Speeds for CNC Routers and Mills

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments
4KindsOfWood

I get asked fairly often why there are so few wood choices in G-Wizard Calculator’s Material Database, or how to convert wood hardness to Brinell to tell G-Wizard about the differences in hardness for various kinds of wood.  After all, there are probably a couple of hundred different choices for Steel including all the alloys…

We Kicked Off Our Biggest Sale of the Year: Happy Holidays!

Dec 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
HolidaySale20Off

The end of the year is near, it’s the Holiday Season, and we always like to do our biggest sale of the year at this time.  So, until the Sunday, January 10, you’ll get 20% off on any purchase of our CNC Software.
To see your saving, just start the Checkout process and you’ll see…

The 24 All-Time Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles

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12 Days of Christmas?  Yes, and here are 12 each of the all-time most popular Cookbook articles and Blog Posts.
What’s the difference between a Cookbook Article and a Blog Post?  Typically the Cookbook articles are longer, more in-depth, and often are part of an extended series.  Blog Posts can be just as useful and…

New Feature: Shared Machine Profiles for GWC

Dec 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
SharedPrefSetup

I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.98–click for the download page.  This version has a variety of changes including:
– Shared Machine Profiles
– Added Melamine to materials under MDF, and SAE 660 Bearing Bronze to Materials DB.
– Converted the file format of machine profiles to CSV. You can load it into Excel to…

Think You Know Which CAM Packages Are Most Popular? Time to Find Out!

Dec 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  10 Comments
HighEndMarketShare

We’ve just completed our 4th CAM Software Market Share Survey, and the results are fascinating.  We’ve done them in 2010, 2012, 2014, and now 2015.  We’ll be doing one every year from now on–the market is just changing too quickly to look only every other year.
We divide the market into 3 segments:

High-End:  More…

Big News: Onshape Launching Commercial Version and AppStore Private Beta

Dec 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  18 Comments
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One thing about the Cloud–it facilitates rapid innovation.  Onshape are taking full advantage of this with two big announcements this morning.  CNCCookbook was part of their exclusive press event announcing these developments.  Representing Onshape were Jon Hirschtick (Founder and Chairman), Joe Dunne (Partner Manager), and David Corcoran (VP of Engineering):

Let’s go over what they…

Awesome Pictorial Guide to Troubleshooting 3D Print Quality

Dec 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Techniques  //  4 Comments
3DPrinterTroubleshooting

Have you ever heard or been apart of one of those arguments about whether straight CNC or 3D Printing is easier?  Usually when those arguments break out, the two sides are coming at the problem from radically different perspectives that are guaranteed to lead to disagreement. Really, they’re answering different questions entirely.  I prefer to…

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