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5 Awesome Ways to Use a GCode Editor Simulator With CAM

Jan 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
how many cnc'ers know gcode?

I get asked this question a lot:
Why would I need a GCode Editor Simulator when I’ve got CAM and it has a Simulator too?
For many CNC’ers, they think CAM means they’ll never need or want to deal with g-code. So why would they ever consider having a G-Code Editor / Simulator like our…

What Every CNC’er Needs to Fix CAM Glitches Quickly and Easily

Dec 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
cam glitch

I was recently reading a post on one of the boards and came across a fellow who was having a problem with Fusion 360:

Control view on the left, CAM on the right: see the problem?
The controller view of the toolpath is on the left and the CAM view is on the right.  Do…

CNC Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Oct 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
CNC Tool Setter Market Share

A CNC Toolsetter in action…
This is the second set of results from our 2016 CNC Probe and Toolsetter Survey.  In Part 1, we focused on CNC Probes.  In this article, we’ll be focused on CNC Toolsetters.
What is a CNC Toolsetter?
A toolsetter is a device similar to the one pictured above that sits…

CNC Probes and Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Sep 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
CNC Probe Usage

We had a couple hundred participate in our 2016 Probe and Toolsetter survey, which is great–it shows there is quite a lot of interest in the topic .  Let’s go over the results!
Do you use a CNC Probe?

77% of survey respondents use probes while about 23% do not.  I am suspicious the results…

How to Warm Up Your CNC Machine for Maximum Performance and Reliability

Sep 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  3 Comments
Stretching

Your CNC machine needs some stretching and warmup before running hard just like any athlete…
Do you run a warm up program on your CNC machine at the beginning of your work day?
Why you need a Warm Up Program
If not, you should.  Here’s why:

It’ll help distribute way oil evenly and make sure…

Outstanding Satisfaction: The Most Loved CNC Controls in 2016

Aug 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  15 Comments
CNC Control Customer Satisfaction Most Loved

Here’s the second installment of our 2016 CNC Control Survey Results.  In this article, I want to explore Customer Satisfaction.  Respondents were asked to report their Customer Satisfaction towards their control with the following respones:

It Rocks! (Scored as 1.0)
Works Fine (Scored as 0.0)
Not Very Happy (Scored as -1)

A perfect score would…

Choose the Best CNC Control: 2016 CNC Control Survey Results

Aug 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
Pro vs Hobby CNC Control Market Share

We last surveyed CNC Control market share back in 2012, so it’s been 4 years.  We got over 250 survey responses, so let’s take a look at the results.  For those who are wondering, recall that the CNC Control is the hardware and software that takes g-code and uses it to control the CNC machine.…

Survey: Which CNC Controller Do You Use?

Aug 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
CNC Control Panel

Which CNC Controller Do You Use?
We last surveyed about CNC Controls in 2012, so it’s high time to find out how the market has changed since then.
First, when we say CNC Control, we mean the software/hardware combination that runs the control panel of your CNC machine and is responsible for making the machine…

Bolt Circle Calculator (Free)

Jul 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Yeah, I know, that “Free” on the end of that title looks a little cheezy, LOL.  What can I say, just trying to get the word out about an important new feature in our G-Wizard Calculator.  Believe it or not, it isn’t the Bolt Circle Calculator that’s important, although it’s cool.  It’s that we’re going…

Calculators and Reference Charts for CNC’ers Right Here!

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

I’ve been getting a fair bit of feedback about reference information lately.  Turns out there is a ton of reference info built into G-Wizard that many people don’t know about, there’s a ton of info people would like to see me add, and there’s also a bunch of info that’s generally useful in tabular form…

The Ugly Secret About Post Processors Plus 8 Custom Post Processor Ideas

May 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
What is a Post Processor?

What is a Post Processor?
Post Processors are an essential part of any CAM Software, but they’re one of those things most CNC’ers know just a little about but not a lot.  I’ve just added a new chapter to our Free G-Code Tutorial Course that’s totally focused on Post Processors.
It covers the following:

What…

New Feature: G-Wizard Editor Makes G76 Threading Cycles Easier

Apr 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

The G76 threading cycle is probably the most common g-code for cutting threads used on CNC lathes.  BTW, that link will take you to the chapter on programming G76 cycles that is part of our Free GCode Tutorial.  It’s chock full of cool GCode Programming tips and information, so whether you’re learning or just trying…

Here’s a Quick Way to Engrave An Irregular Surface

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, GCode, Software  //  1 Comment

Engraving or machining on a flat surface is the norm–all CNC’ers figure out how to do it in short order.  But what if you want to engrave or machine on an irregular surface?  Let me show you what I’m talking about:

Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces is hard…
Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces…

When is Cutting Aluminum at 1000 SFM Just Like Cutting at 300 SFM?

Feb 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Strange question, right?  Almost nonsensical.  Surface Speeds are surface speeds, and a difference of 700 SFM has got to result in a difference to the cutter–probably a BIG difference.  Yet, paradoxically, there is reason to believe, backed by science, that 1000 SFM really can be just like 300 SFM in some cases during High Speed…

G75 and Peck Parting Off For Lathes

Feb 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  7 Comments

For whatever reason, parting off seems to be the operation on lathes that causes the most people trouble.  Perhaps deep boring operations where the bar is really hung out there is a close second.
Parting off is definitely a challenging operation when you look at it mechanically.  You’re going to take a fairly tiny cutter…

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