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Do you use cheat sheets?
You know, those little pieces of paper or charts where you cram in a quick summary of everything you need to know to solve some type of problem quickly. Man, I got through college on my cheat sheets!
Now hang on, before you start thinking I was actually cheating, our…
Nearly 1300 votes were cast for various endmill brands in our recent survey, and there were some 93 different end mill brands represented–WOW!
The response to the survey has been amazing, and now it’s time to present the results. I have divided those results into 3 tiers since there are so many brands to consider.…
What are the most popular end mill brands? Let’s find out by surveying our readers (click the link):
Take the CNCCookbook 2016 End Mill Survey
We’ll put up the results as soon as we get a decent number of responses. Be sure you’re signed up for our email newsletter so you don’t miss hearing the…
The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and any other machining operation where you’ll be cutting with the flutes on the side of an endmill. Aside from the machine’s capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the…
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……