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How Can I Calibrate the GW Editor Run Time Estimates for My Machine?

Jan 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Each machine requires a little different calibration.  In G-Wizard Editor, you have the following adjustments available:
Max Rapids
How fast can your machine rapid?  This is the value GW Editor will use (acceleration adjusted) in its estimates.
Spindle 0-max rpm time
How fast does your spindle change speeds?  GW Editor factors in a time based…

Total Guide to CNC Router Workholding

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Techniques  //  No Comments

Just posted another installment in our CNC Beginners Cookbook series:  The Total Guide to CNC Router Workholding.  In this article we delve into everything from vacuum tables to T-Tracks to using polymer nails for CNC Router Workholding.

Goodbye User Forums, Hello CNC Question Exchange

Jan 21, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We’ve officially switched from our original User Forums, which we had called our User Club, to the CNC Question Exchange for Customer Service and other CNC-related questions.  We were never completely happy with the BBS (Bulletin Board) software we had used, and knew for quite a while it needed to be replaced with something.  The…

Spindle Power Curves in G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  5 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  //  24 Comments

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?

Take the CNCCookbook 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  //  4 Comments

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…



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