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Introducing G-Wizard University: Video Training for G-Wizard Software

Oct 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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…

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

Help Your Tooling Survive Deep Slot Router Jobs

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

Making G-Wizard Software Updates Faster and Simpler

Sep 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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,…

Who is Afraid of Tool Deflection?

Sep 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Well, if you’re not afraid of tool deflection, you should be.  Here are 7 things to know about it:
1. Tool Deflection is bad for Tool Life
Tool Deflection is bad for Tool Life in several ways:
–  It’s actually forcing the tool to bend.  Like a paperclip, if you bend it back and forth…

6 Essential Information Resources for CNC Beginners

Aug 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I get a lot of notes from beginners with very basic questions, and many of the questions boil down to needing to understand the jargon of CNC or needing to understanding how the pieces fit together.  The vast majority of others need to get to the next level of detail and it’s not far out…

Trochoidal Milling Feeds and Speeds

Aug 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments

I had a customer ask me how to calculate Feeds and Speeds for Trochoidal Milling with G-Wizard Calculator the other day.  G-Wizard is a perfect tool for finding these Feeds and Speeds, but first, what is Trochoidal Milling?
Trochoidal Milling is a High Speed Machining (HSM) technique that moves the tool in a shape called…

4 Ways Geometry Affects Machining and What to Do About It: Infographic

Jul 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Rubbing, Chip Thinning, Tool Engagement, and HSM all have geometry consequences.

Geometry has a profound effect on your cutter’s health and well-being, not to mention your surface finish and material removal rates.  Here is an Infographic that walks through 4 ways geometry can affect your machining along with what you can do about it in each case:…

Adding New Materials to G-Wizard Calculator

Jun 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

There’s a minor release out, 2.49, that I’ve just uploaded.  It primarily concerns adding some new materials:
–  AR400 and AR500 abrasion resistant steel plate.  Use this for buckets on excavators or it is also popular for making firearms targets.
–  Hastelloy X:  One of those solid green unobtanium super alloys.  It’s a nickel alloy…

What’s the Difference Between CADCAM Wizards and the Feeds and Speeds Calculator?

Jun 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

Recently a user of G-Wizard Calculator asked to understand better the difference between Calculator’s CADCAM Wizards and its Feeds and Speeds Calculator.  It’s a fair question as they look totally different and the CADCAM Wizards are so unique nobody will have had experience with anything like them before they tried G-Wizard.
Let’s start with the…

Estimating Cycle Times With Machine Acceleration: New G-Wizard Editor Feature

Jun 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Software  //  2 Comments

An important concept that pops up from time to time is a CNC machine’s ability to accelerate.  Acceleration is often the real limiting factor to the machine’s motion, more so than absolute rapids speeds, for example.  In many real world g-code programs, the cutter may never get up to the commanded speed in some of…

Customer Uses G-Wizard Estimator for Space Age Pet Food Bowl

May 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

It seems an unlikely combination, but when you’re an entrepreneur, anything is possible.  Luke Colby’s company, Rocket Thermodynamix, makes parts for rockets.  I’m talking about full-on beautifully machined aerospace quality components.  Here is a typical example:

A pyrotechnic actuated poppet valve…
Yeah, I don’t know what you’d use one of these for either.  Maybe Luke…

Try the New Tool Crib Wizard

May 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.45.  Release 2.45 fixes a couple of bugs to do with error messages and adds the new Crib Wizard to the Tool Crib page. The Crib Wizard is capable of automatically generating Tool Crib entries for endmills or twist drills in standard sizes. In addition, Tool Cribs now have…

6 Things A Brand New CNC’er Should Learn to Get Started

May 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

So you’ve just gotten interested in CNC, and you notice the waters look a little deep.  How do you get started?
Here are 6 things you should learn about first, before you buy a CNC machine, before you do anything else, just to get oriented and see what this CNC thing is all about.  It…

Big New G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.40 Adds New Tool Types and Wizards

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just uploaded GW Calculator version 2.4 to the install page.  Lots of neat stuff in this release:
– Added Lathe Threading as a new Tool Type in Feeds/Speeds.
– Added a Threading CADCAM Wizard.
– Added the ability to transfer thread specs from the Thread Database to the Threading CADCAM Wizard.
– Added a…

 

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