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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…
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…
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…
This is Part 11 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Poka-Yoke is a Japanese term meaning “mistake proofing.” A poka-yoke is any mechanism or technique in a lean manufacturing process that helps the operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka). In so doing, poka-yoke seeks to eliminate or at least minimize defects that are due to…
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated — Mark Twain
Myth: G-Code Programming is a Thing of the Past
Reality: G-Code Programming Compliments CAM Extremely Well
Like Mark Twain sort of said, “The reports of GCode’s death are greatly exaggerated.” Even MMSOnline agrees that the idea G-Code programming by people instead of CAM software…
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…
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…
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.
It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook. We…
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…
Just uploaded a new version 3.2 of G-Wizard Editor which has a whole bunch of neat stuff added to the Conversational CNC module.
If you’re wondering what “Conversational CNC” is, I’m so glad you asked!
Conversational CNC is designed to make simple work simple. The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce…
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…
I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor version 2.30 to the GWE Download Page.
Release 2.30 is focused on improving the existing Conversational CNC Wizards.
Wondering what “Conversational CNC Wizards” are? I’m so glad you asked!
Conversational CNC is designed to make simple work simple. The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code…
Those of you who are relatively new to CNC but who have been around more experienced CNC’ers have probably wondered why they always add a decimal point in the GCode, even when there’s nothing following the decimal. For example, to go to 5 inches (or mm in metric) right of the origin, they will enter…
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Editor v2.2 (click link to download) with a brand new feature called “Export Hints”. It’s accessed from the File Menu:
Export Hints may be found on GWE’s File Menu…
Make sure you’re working with a file that has been saved at least once because Export Hints wants to take the same…
I just uploaded new releases of both G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor with some great new features in each:
For G-Wizard Calculator version 2.81, we added the following:
– Added Thread Mill Feeds and Speeds. Just choose the new Carbide Thread Mill tool from the Tool Menu:
– Added ER Collets to the…