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I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.65 (click the link to download it manually).
New G-Wizard Release Basics
Before I get into what’s new in this release, I want to revisit some new release basics to try to help everyone with some common questions.
How do I get new releases?
Normally, G-Wizard will download new…
Many machinists, especially brand new and hobby machinists, probably think performance and tool life don’t go hand in hand. You choose one or the other and let the chips fall where they may (sorry!). But it turns out that there is actually a middle ground that’s good for both performance and tool life, and it’s…
Have you got a tough job ahead, either because your machine is too lightweight or because of challenging geometry on the part (deep pockets, for example)?
If so, maybe Plunge Roughing (also called Plunge Milling ) is the answer.
What is Plunge Roughing?
Let’s start by taking a look at what Plunge Roughing is. The…
Breaking Through Roadblocks
Sometimes you just get stuck…
Sometimes you just get stuck. You need to do something and it doesn’t look like it’s possible. We’ll start with a series of hacks for those situations.
#1-#3 My Spindle Won’t Run Slowly Enough for the Material and Tooling I Need
This problem happens particularly often if…
OK, granted, “Absurdly Easy” might be exaggerating things a bit, but I try to constantly make G-Wizard easier for everyone. Lately, I’ve been working diligently on the very beginning of the process. Many will have noticed the recent appearance of a brand login popup and with the latest release I uploaded there is now a…
What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook. We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles. To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest. So,…
Part 2 of my super simple course on Feeds and Speeds for Beginners is up over on the Carbide3D Blog. Yes, that’s right, I guest posted over on their blog.
In Part 1 (also guest posted at Carbide3D), I went over the “Speeds” part of Feeds and Speeds. That is, I talked about how to…
With G-Wizard Calculator version 3.45, we now have support for Corner Rounding Endmills:
Corner Rounding Endmills: New Cutter Type
Corner Rounding Endmills are super-easy to use. Just select them as a geometry type from the basic Endmill tool. Be sure to enter the flute length (which is also the arc radius). That’s all there is…
Have you been finding there’s too much jargon to even get started understanding Feeds and Speeds? I’ve heard that from some folks. I even added a Feeds and Speeds Glossary to the startup help that you get with our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator. But, there’s really no substitute for having a quick course that…
I just uploaded the latest G-Wizard release, version 3.38. BTW, if you’re ever looking to download the latest release, don’t re-register for the trial. I realize the trial is the first place you got the download, but it’s very hard to use it to find the download again and there is an easier way. Simply…
I’ve just added our Complete Guide to Structural Steel Sizes and Shapes to our Calculator and Reference Data page.
Machinists and Fabricators often use these shapes so it’s handy to have access to this data. It’s available both in reference chart form and as a free calculator built into G-Wizard:
Free Size and Weight Calculator……
I get asked all the time how to set up G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator for small machines that aren’t very rigid. Folks know intuitively (or after finding out the hard way) that these machines often can’t handle feeds and speeds that are as aggressive as other heavier machines.
G-Wizard has a well-designed set of…
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.37 for Beta Testing. To access it, you’ll need to go to our alternate install page where you can get the latest official version, the backup older version, and this new beta version. I’m going to run the Beta Test for a week, fix any problems reported, and then…
Italian Olive by Cookwoods.com…
Just finished up our Complete Guide to CNC Machining Wood. It’s one of our growing collection of Material-specific Machining Guides. In it, you’ll find a host of useful information including:
Guide to Wood Types including Janka Hardness tables
Discussion of the “Sweet Spot” for machining wood
Tips and Techniques for CNC…
We’ve invested a lot of time and effort into our Complete Guide to CNC Mill Feeds and Speeds. Is one of a number of in-depth Cookbooks we offer to help you become a Better CNC’er, and it was the first one we ever created.
We don’t like to rest on our laurels, so I’ve done…