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When we recently did our What’s Hard About Learning CNC survey, the area that came out ahead of all the others was Feeds and Speeds:
What’s Hard About Learning CNC?
It was rated the hardest category by beginners, intermediate, and advanced CNC’ers–everyone has trouble with Feeds and Speeds, at least some of the time. In…
I got a nice note from Carlos the other day mentioning how much G-Wizard Calculator had helped him on his CNC Router projects. I always like to run articles about what customers are doing, and in this case, Carlos has a fascinating project.
He talks about how wood and brass clocks have a hard time…
Coolant, in many ways, is the lifeblood of CNC, although paradoxically, it’s “Coolant” properties are it’s least valuable component for many of the Coolant options that are available. This article surveys the different Coolant options, talks a bit about their pros and cons, and shows how to set them up in G-Wizard Calculator so your…
Digital Tooling–that’s my catchphrase for CAD, CAM, CNC Control Software, Feeds and Speeds Calculators, G-Code Editor/Simulators, and all the rest of the CNC Software that’s out there. We’ve had a page up for a long time that is intended to walk folks through all the different kinds of CNC Software so they know what’s available…
Here’s a rundown on what’s new lately in G-Wizard Calculator and Editor’s latest versions:
Release 2.77 adds A513 Low Carbon Steel. If we’re missing a material you’re interested in, just drop us an email. We can frequently add it fairly quickly just like we recently did for A513 and before that for the…
The latest version of G-Wizard Calculator, v2.75, adds Cobalt Chrome to our list of Materials.
“What is Cobalt Chrome?” you might ask. Why it’s just what the Dr ordered, almost literally. CoCr is the common abbreviation. There are several alloys available such as ASTM F75 or F799. CoCr is extremely resistant to temperature, corrosion, and…
Just posted a new video in our G-Wizard University series. The G-Wizard University is a set of short videos focused on specific features. The idea is to make it easy to quickly delve into a good tutorial on how to use whatever feature you’re interested in for our G-Wizard Software.
The quickest way to find…
Wow, we got almost 700 votes for some 75 different end mill brands in just a few days. This has been one of our most popular surveys ever.
Here are the results:
The Major Brands accounted for 75% of the votes. The breakdown is as follows:
Major brand market share: these brands accounted…
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.…
Here at CNCCookbook, we get visitors from all ends of the CNC spectrum–about 2.5 million of them a year. In all probability, we are the most popular pure CNC blog there is. I try to keep a balance on the content to keep the ends of that spectrum of visitors happy. That means we need…
I just uploaded two new G-Wizard University Videos. G-Wizard University is a series of short 10-15 minute training videos that specialize in different aspects of using the G-Wizard Calculator and Editor software. Videos are a fast way to learn for most people and these bit-sized videos make it easier to find one specific to what…
We’re embarking on a new program to make training for our software fully available as short easily digested YouTube videos. The plan is to do one or two new videos each week until we’ve covered our products top to bottom. The first video is up and is an introduction and basic walk through of G-Wizard…
I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.56 for PC and Mac users. There are a couple of nice goodies in this release that have been widely requested by the user base:
Manual Recalculation for CADCAM Wizards
Folks on machines that are a little slower have never really liked the automatic recalculation for CADCAM Wizards. It…
I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life. He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible. He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…
Upgrading software is a fact of life. Most of the time its a good thing–bugs get fixed and features get added. At CNCCookbook, we try to keep everyone pretty up to date on the available releases for G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor. Most of the time, if a bug is discovered that escaped our testing,…