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G-Wizard Editor: New Conversational CNC Features

Oct 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor version 2.30 to the GWE Download Page.
Release 2.30 is focused on improving the existing Conversational CNC Wizards.
Wondering what “Conversational CNC Wizards” are?  I’m so glad you asked!
Conversational CNC is designed to make simple work simple.  The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code…

The 17 Cent Flood Coolant Enclosure

Oct 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Techniques  //  5 Comments

A lot of materials require some form of lubricant when machining for best results–aluminum will bond to your tool eventually if you don’t use some lubricant.  There simply is no combination of feeds and speeds that will 100% prevent it from happening, but a little mist or flood and there’s no problem.  Most materials can…

25 CNCCookbook Articles People Love to Share

Sep 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Here at CNCCookbook, we don’t spend a penny on advertising. Our audience is entirely composed of people who found us either because they were searching for some topic or through word of mouth. We’ve gotten to be the largest CNC related blog on the Internet entirely because you thought our content was worth reading and…

The Sort of Thing Grandpas and Fine Old Gentlemen Are Made Of

Sep 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects  //  1 Comment

I loved this great story about Alvin Bogie, a 92 year old retired farmer taking his three great grandsons on a homemade train he made years ago:

The “engine” is a 1919 Titan tractor pulling a train of homemade cars by Mr. Bogie. It has a one cylinder hit & miss engine. I hope…

What Do the Top Shops Do Differently From Most Other Shops?

Sep 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I love learning about the Best Practices of most any industry because I want to know what put the Top Dogs at the Top?
There’s an audience that wants to believe they just got lucky and that they’re no better than anyone else, and there are elements of truth to that–to be really successful does…

Tormach’s Newest Mill: The PCNC 440

Sep 22, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  13 Comments
The new Tormach PCNC 440

The new Tormach PCNC 440 CNC Milling Machine…
Tormach has just rolled out the third machine in their CNC milling machine lineup–the PCNC 440.  It’s the smallest and most affordable mill in their lineup, but it’s got all the bells and whistles of the larger machines, just smaller and less expensive.  What a great idea…

15 Reasons Cutters Get Broken on Small Machines

Sep 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, Techniques  //  5 Comments

Nobody likes breaking cutters, but beginners seem to dread it the most.  That little “tink”, the broken cutter tip flies across the room, and suddenly you’re unhappy.  I’ve helped out a lot of beginners here at CNCCookbook, and in particular, I’ve helped diagnose a lot of recurring problems.  A certain amount of it just goes…

Sale Ends Saturday: Just a Few Days Left!!!

Sep 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The end of our big sale is in sight–we’ll be ending it Saturday, September 19.
Meanwhile, for just a few more days, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, but you can also browse our CNCCookbook Online Store to see all our products…

Chris Bathgate: Amazing CNC Sculpture Art on a Small CNC Machine

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

For everyone who thinks CNC is not art, and for everyone who thinks small CNC machines can’t turn out work of the highest quality, I give you Chris Bathgate and his amazing sculptures.  His work is spectacular:

The detail and finish is exquisite.  The designs are otherworldly–it would not be hard to believe they’re UFO…

G-Wizard Guided Tours: Just Right Documentation

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Sometimes a quick video will get you up to speed quickly on a product feature–that’s why we offer G-Wizard University (accessible from the Help Page) for both our Feeds and Speeds Calculator and the G-Wizard Editor.  But, other times, the video goes by too fast and you’re scrambling to get all the details so you…

Sometimes You Get the Bull, Sometimes You Get the Horns

Sep 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

Apologies to all G-Wizard Trialers who mistakenly were told their trial had ended.  In fact, it is impossible for anyone’s trial to end before the end of this month since we reset all the trials so folks could try again.  Unfortunately, best laid plans and all that.
Here’s what happened:
We use an email provider…

Odds and Ends: 5 Handy Shop Tips and Tools

Sep 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’ve been collecting these for some time to put into an article like this, so here goes!
Use a 1-2-3 Block as a Small Parts Rack
I did a team build on a little steam engine and had to make a bunch of connecting rods.  BTW, team builds are great fun.  Each person makes enough…

What Everybody Ought to Know About CNCCookbook’s Upgrade, Internet, and Subscription Policies

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments
Keeping the garden happy and healthy...

We try to do as much as we can to help customers and simplify our software. CNC is already too complex, and we try to make it simpler. That’s hard to do if we can’t constantly be making our software simpler and more usable. So, there’s a set of basic technologies and operational policies we’ve…

Play It Again, CNC

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

As promised last week, I have uploaded a version of our G-Wizard Editor software that has had the trial clock reset.  Anyone who signed up for a trial that’s expired on either G-Wizard Calculator or G-Wizard Editor gets another shot at trying the software out.  We hope you’ll take advantage of it as many others…

The 12 Secrets of Machining Tough Materials on Small CNC Machines

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Machining difficult materials like Titanium and Stainless Steel is a scary business if you own a smaller CNC machine.  Even doing aluminum versus plastics and woods can be daunting.  Our article on machining aluminum for CNC Routers is one of the most popular we’ve ever done, for that reason.  But here is the surprising thing:…



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