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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  //  4 Comments

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…

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…

CNCCookbook Product Roadmap for 2016, Plus 2015 Recap

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

What Are you Crazy CNCCookbook Dudes Planning Next?
It’s end of year and time to talk a bit about what we accomplished in 2015 with our CNC Software and where we’ll be going with it in 2016.
2015 Recap

It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook.  We…

All About Wood Types and Feeds and Speeds for CNC Routers and Mills

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments

I get asked fairly often why there are so few wood choices in G-Wizard Calculator’s Material Database, or how to convert wood hardness to Brinell to tell G-Wizard about the differences in hardness for various kinds of wood.  After all, there are probably a couple of hundred different choices for Steel including all the alloys…

The 24 All-Time Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles

12 Days of Christmas?  Yes, and here are 12 each of the all-time most popular Cookbook articles and Blog Posts.
What’s the difference between a Cookbook Article and a Blog Post?  Typically the Cookbook articles are longer, more in-depth, and often are part of an extended series.  Blog Posts can be just as useful and…

New Feature: Shared Machine Profiles for GWC

Dec 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.98–click for the download page.  This version has a variety of changes including:
– Shared Machine Profiles
– Added Melamine to materials under MDF, and SAE 660 Bearing Bronze to Materials DB.
– Converted the file format of machine profiles to CSV. You can load it into Excel to…

Little-Known Factors That Make G-Wizard Great for Both Big and Small CNC Machines

Nov 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments

Is G-Wizard best for Big or Small CNC Machines?
I was recently contacted by a G-Wizard user who was unhappy that some folks on a forum thread felt our G-Wizard Calculator was only good for Big Industrial Machines and not so much for little routers.  I told him I also hear sometimes from Big Industrial…

Two More Ways to Find Out How-To

Nov 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

This week, we’ve added two new ways to find out “How-To.”  First, for all the non-blog pages (for example, click the “Cookbook” menu), we have added Google Site Search.  It will search all of www.cnccookbook.com as well as blog.cnccookbook.com.  CNCCookbook is a huge site with several thousand pages on a wealth of CNC-related topics.  If…

New Feature: 3D Surface Feeds and Speeds

Nov 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  7 Comments

While most machining is 2 1/2 D, 3D Surfacing is still very popular.  What’s the difference?
With 2 1/2D, it is rare that X and Y change at the same time as Z on the surface of an object.  It can happen during cutting, usually due to ramping or helixing down into a cut.  But…

How to Deal With New Materials in G-Wizard

Oct 22, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I recently had a customer contact me about a material that wasn’t in G-Wizard’s Material DB.  He had been told it was similar to a material that was there, but he felt the Feeds and Speeds G-Wizard was giving were a little too far removed from what the manufacturer was suggesting.  Let’s use his problem…

Check Out Our Omnibus List of Over 40 Ways to Improve Surface Finish When Milling or Turning

Oct 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments
Bad surface finish due to CADCAM issues

I just updated the chapter on Surface Finish in our free Feeds and Speeds Tutorial.  It now has over 40 great tips to improve your surface finish when Milling or Turning.  Based on our recent survey on Feeds and Speeds, many of you consider Surface Finish to be one of the most important qualities you…

Results of our 2015 Feeds and Speeds Survey

Oct 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
CNC Experience Level

If you’ve been wondering how your peers approach Feeds and Speeds for their CNC work, wonder no longer.  Our survey was very popular and we got well over 100 responses.
 
Who Responded?
First, a little background about the respondees.  On the whole, they were experienced professional CNC’ers:

59% had more than 5 years of…

Find Out How Your Peers Do Their Feeds and Speeds

Oct 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  No Comments

Are your Feeds and Speeds Mild or Wild?
We’re running a survey to find out how our readers do their Feeds and Speeds.  Our goal is to learn more about how to help and about what CNC’ers care most about when it comes to Feeds and Speeds.  We’d love to have you take the survey,…

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…

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