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Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

NYCCNC has a great video out showing off the Conversational CNC capabilities of the Tormach Lathe and it’s Path Pilot controller:

Take a few minutes and let John from NYCCNC show you how easy it is to make a part with Conversational CNC.  He’s able to go through a series of steps including Turning, Facing,…

Using Work Offsets in G-Wizard Editor (New Features)

Feb 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Work Offsets are an incredibly useful feature in G-Code.  They let you run the same g-code at different places on your machine.  So for example, you have g-code for a part but you want to lay 6 parts out on a 3 x 2 grid.  Assign a work offset to the part zero of each…

How Can I Calibrate the GW Editor Run Time Estimates for My Machine?

Jan 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Each machine requires a little different calibration.  In G-Wizard Editor, you have the following adjustments available:
Max Rapids
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…

What is a CNC Simulator? Plus: 5 Reasons to Use One

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

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,…

20 Most Popular Articles and Blog Posts for Pro CNC’ers

Nov 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Secrets of Going From CAD, Image, DXF, or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

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…

6 Ways G-Wizard Editor Can Save You Time and Money With G-Code

Sep 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

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,…

Helical Interpolation: New Chapter in the G-Code Programming Tutorial

Jul 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

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…

New Chapter on Work Offsets in CNCCookbook G-Code Tutorial

May 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode  //  No Comments

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
–  Work…

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…

New Beta Version of GW Editor With Improved Performance Available to Test

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

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…

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 President’s Day Sale

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

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…

G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Webinars Now Available on YouTube

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

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…

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