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Spindle Power Curves in G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

I just uploaded a new video to the G-Wizard Calculator University pages that explains Spindle Power Curves:

Spindle Power Curves let you compensate for changes in your CNC machine’s spindle output at various rpms and they can also downrate the power on small machines to compensate for their lack of rigidity.…

Results of our 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  20 Comments
CAD2015Mainstream

The results are in for this year’s CAD survey.  We got over 300 responses as I write this.  They’re still coming in briskly so, we’ll probably get many more, but I wanted to go ahead and do the analysis and get the numbers up.
Just like our 2013 CAD Survey results, we’ve divided things into…

Give a Friend a Gift

Jan 14, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Image: Senorhorst Jahnsen via Flickr/Creative Commons

Are you a G-Wizard CNC Software customer?  Do you like the software?  We hope so, and we do see lots of letters from you that say very nice things.
If you do like the software, why not share it with your friends?  In fact, why not give them a gift while you’re at it?
We’ve…

Take the CNCCookbook 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
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We love to do surveys at CNCCookbook, and our readers clearly love them if their page statistics are any indication.  Our most popular surveys are on CAD and CAM usage, and we do these on alternate years.  This year we want to survey which CAD packages are most popular, so et us know what you’re…

Results of Our 2014 Workholding Survey

Jan 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment
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Our last survey of 2014 (we barely got it in by launching it December 31st!) was all about what methods folks were using to affix workholding (vises, clamps, fixture plates, and so on) to their milling machine tables.  Here’s the result:

How do you affix workholders (vises, clamps, fixture plates, and so on) to your …

3D Printing News: Formlabs Gets New Supports, Higher Resolution, Flexible, and Castable Resins

Jan 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments
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It’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) season and we’re seeing tons of 3D printing news around that.  I’ll be doing several posts to bring the highlights of this news to CNCCookbook’s readers so you can see what’s significant without wading through all the other press about it.  For this installment, I want to focus on some…

Total Guide to Milling Machine Workholding

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just posted another installment in our CNC Beginners Cookbook series:  The Total Guide to Milling Machine Workholding.  There are so many ways to hold your workpiece on a mill that we can’t cover every possible variation, but this page will give you a pretty good survey of the more common methods and perhaps some ideas…

The Book Giveaway is Back!

Jan 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog  //  No Comments

Our last book Giveaway was so successful we’ve decided to run it again to give 4 new winners a chance at these books.  Details are in the giveaway box to the left or just click here.
We’re giving each of 4 winners one of these books when the Giveaway ends January 31.
Here are the…

Check Out Our New Guide to CNC Milling Cutters

Jan 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
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I’ve been putting together a new Cookbook–Cookbook’s are our in-depth article compilations that focus on particular subjects and dive deep.  We have Cookbooks on Feeds and Speeds, G-Code, CNC Manufacturing and Shop Operations, and DIY CNC.  The new area I’m working on is designed to make it easier for CNC beginners to come up to…

Total Guide to Lathe Workholding

Jan 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manual, Techniques  //  3 Comments
lathechuck

I’m preparing a set of guides to help beginners come up to speed quickly on tooling and workholding for the various CNC machines.  We already had two nice articles along those lines:
–  Guide to Lathe Workholding
–  CNC Router Cutter Types
I just completed a substantial rework and updating of the Guide to Lathe…

Thank You for Making 2014 an Awesome Year for CNCCookbook!

Dec 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  2 Comments
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Thank you for making 2014 an awesome year for CNCCookbook–we couldn’t have done it without you.
Here are some of the highlights:
–  We are now at a run rate of nearly 2.5 million visitors a year.  CNCCookbook is by far the most popular CNC Blog on the Internet.
–  About 35,000 of you have…

Take Our Fixturing and Workholding Survey

Dec 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  3 Comments
fixtureplate

Have you ever wondered what the most common methods others are using to attach vises and other workholding to their machine tables are?  This survey is designed to find that out.
Take the Survey Now
We’ll publish the results when we get enough participation.
I put this together because I’ve started looking into a Fixture…

A Little Bit of CNC Goes A Long Way

Dec 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments
Shapeoko

Many of us are vexed by the question our non-machinist friends love to ask, “What do you make with all those fancy tools?”  All too often the answer is, “More tools.”  That always leads to the perplexed friend wrinkling their brow, shaking their heads, and moving on, not understanding what the obsession is.
Sometimes we…

CNC’ing a Triple Expansion Marine Steam Engine

Dec 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments
MachineFinal

If you’re like me you’ve always admired those gorgeous little working models of complex steam engines.  Companies like Stuart offer castings for these lovely beasts so that mere mortals have a shot at owning one.  These models are quite expensive to buy new and are also expensive assembled in the aftermarket.  Who wouldn’t want one…

Just a Few Days Left for Our Holiday Special Offers

Dec 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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The year is almost done and so are the two special offers we’ve launched.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for the 2014 Great Machinist’s Books Giveaway.  We’re giving away four of my favorite books on Machining to 4 lucky winners at the end of the year.  Entering is easy, so be…

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