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Each machine requires a little different calibration. In G-Wizard Editor, you have the following adjustments available:
How fast can your machine rapid? This is the value GW Editor will use (acceleration adjusted) in its estimates.
Spindle 0-max rpm time
How fast does your spindle change speeds? GW Editor factors in a time based…
I just put the first two installments in place to launch our G-Wizard University for G-Wizard Editor. One is a quick walkthrough of GW Editor and the second is entitled, “What is a CNC Simulator?” If you’re not really sure what a CNC Simulator is, what’s it’s for, or why you’d want to use one,…
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…
When you’re starting out with CNC or 3D Printing, the first thing you’ll want to get your arms around is creating some sort of model, drawing, or representation of your part. Most of the time this is a function of a CAD program, but not always. You may also need to start from images, vector…
CNCCookbook’s G-Wizard Editor is a full-featured g-code editor and simulator with loads of features. But I want to call particular attention to these 6 Power Features because they have the potential for the biggest savings of time and therefore money when you’re dealing with g-code:
– Hints and Information Tabs: GWE will give you tons…
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,…
Have you tried Helical Interpolation yet? It’s a handy g-code programming technique that causes the cutter to move in a helix. It’s useful for thread milling, making holes larger than your cutter, and for doing circular ramping to get the tool down to the proper depth before beginning the rest of a toolpath for a…
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…
I just added a chapter on work offsets to the CNCCookbook G-Code Tutorial. It covers all the basics including:
– Why you’d use work offsets
– Different g-codes associated with work offsets
– Different g-code dialects for accessing extended work offsets
– G92, an older way to program offsets that’s still useful today
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…
Every now and then I make a major change to one of our core products. That necessitates some Beta testing rather than just dumping all that new stuff into the production code line. When that happens I need your help to give the new goodness a good wringing out. In this case, I have a…
2014 has gotten itself well underway, so it’s time for our first sale of the year. We’re offering 15% off featured products using the “GEORGEWASHINGTON” coupon code in the shopping cart. After all, President’s Day is also George Washington’s birthday, so it only seems fair to honor our country’s first president on President’s Day. Here…
You can now view our G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor training and demonstration webinars on YouTube. These webinars are the most up-to-date and in-depth videos we’ve ever done of our products, so they’re chock full of good information on what the products can do and how to use them. The webinars were extremely well attended…
I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor v1.46. It contains several handy improvements:
– Changed so all tools are automatically made visible at startup. Had people turn off tool visibility, quit, come back later, and wonder why the tools weren’t visible in the backplot.
– Add a “My Post Isn’t Here!” button to Setup.
– Fixed problem…
A number of people use G-Wizard Editor to give them accurate information on how long their g-code programs will take to run. Accordingly, I made a number of improvements to GWE version 1.37 to make it more accurate. For example, there is a new simulator adjustment on the Machine Profile page that lets you apply…