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Modular Fixturing can be a huge time saver when setting up different fixtures you use over and over again. For example, most of us use milling vises frequently, but we alternate them with various kinds of plate fixtures for holding multiple parts. Throw in the desire to set up a 4th Axis every now and…
Fellow CNC’ers, there’s still more information to be gleaned from our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Package Survey, it just takes a while to crunch all the numbers with so many folks having responded.
So far, we’ve covered:
Customer Satisfaction Awards
This week I want to delve a little bit into the murky process that…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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:
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…
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…