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[AMA] Ask Me Anything About Feeds and Speeds or G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds  //  22 Comments

Hi, I’m Bob Warfield, Founder of CNCCookbook and author of G-Wizard Calculator.  If you’ve got questions about Feeds and Speeds or G-Wizard Calculator, now is your chance to Ask Me Anything.  This is something that’s been popular elsewhere on the Internet, but is totally new for us here at CNCCookbook.
We’ll use the comment section…

Appologies for the Mailchimp Email Newsletter Screw Up

Jan 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  5 Comments

Right now, Plain Text CNCCookbook Newsletters are broken due to a Mailchimp bug…
Folks, we’ve had recent problems with at least the last 2 email newsletters.  Links in the Plain Text version of the newsletter were bad.  They either took you to a page that said the requested page was non-existent or they took you…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  1 Comment

It’s time for another major CNCCookbook survey–the CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey.  Each year, we do a number of surveys that provide valuable results to our readers.  The two biggest and most popular by far are the CAD Survey and the CAM Survey.  We do the CAD survey at the beginning of the year and the…

New Feature: G-Wizard Calculator UI Mock Up Available For Feedback

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  11 Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard version 3.04 for G-Wizard Calculator users to play with.  It contains a UI Mock Up for your comment and feedback.  This isn’t something we do very often, but it’s important when there are major changes afoot to some aspect of a product’s User Interface.
In this case, the change we’re contemplating…

37 Things Your CAM Won’t Do For You That GCode Programming Can

Jan 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated — Mark Twain
Myth: G-Code Programming is a Thing of the Past
Reality:  G-Code Programming Compliments CAM Extremely Well
Like Mark Twain sort of said, “The reports of GCode’s death are greatly exaggerated.”  Even MMSOnline agrees that the idea G-Code programming by people instead of CAM software…

New Usability Features for G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products  //  No Comments

Yes, we should of thought of it but didn’t–DOH!  Thank you for thinking of it for us!
We’re blessed at CNCCookbook with a tremendous amount of valuable user feedback on our software–it’s audience is quite large, quite friendly, and quite willing to pitch in and help us make the software better.  Thank you!
I just…

What’s An Entry Level CNC Machine Capable Of?

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router  //  3 Comments

I’m fond of saying there’s not much you can’t make with a CNC machine, but I’ve got access to some pretty nice hardware.  People want to know what it all costs and what can someone just getting started do.  The answer is not much different.  If you’re patient and can work around the limitations of…

5 Secrets to Buying Indexable Tooling on eBay

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

There are some great deals on indexable tooling and inserts on eBay…
I’ve bought a lot of tooling from eBay at great prices. It can be a great resource for Pros and Hobbyists alike. There are some tricks of the trade to know that I want to pass along to help you get the best…

7 Biggest Feeds and Speeds Mistakes CNC’ers Make

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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…



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