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Conversational CNC is a way to generate g-code programs without having to go through the whole CAD/CAM process. It’s designed to make simple things simple, while reserving the complicated things for CAD/CAM. By streamlining the process of creating simple g-code, it becomes a lot easier to use a CNC Machine for quick one-off tasks–the sort…
We made several inline releases without much fanfare this week to respond to various customer’s feedback. If you want the full details, you can always check the Change Log. Suffice it to say there’s a lot of good fit and finish work being done based on what folks report when they use GWE. We really…
I just uploaded our first LinuxCNC milling and turning posts for G-Wizard Editor. It’s a modest start, but we’ll build on this initial version. The most important LinuxCNC feature we’ve added support for in the Editor are named parameters.
In LinuxCNC, you can write:
Much easier to read than the numeric…
Macros and subprograms are potent addition to the g-coder’s arsenal. Used properly, they will make your g-code programs shorter, more general purpose, and easier to understand. Unfortunately, not every g-code dialect supports macros. Some have fewer features than others, while some have no support at all. Others will have very sophisticated and feature rich sets…
Now that I have several of the Conversational CNC Wizards up and running, I decided to go back and work on the UI to get it closer to what the final look and feel will be. The latest GW Editor version has the new UI:
The individual Wizards also carry the thumbnail:
The Wizards are…
Close on the heels of our Surfacing Wizard comes a new Slotting Wizard for G-Wizard Editor’s Conversational CNC Module. It looks like this:
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but here’s what you do:
1. Make sure the Safe Z (the height where the tool can go anywhere without hitting anything), Rapid to Z (height we can use…
People tell me they love their Bridgeport DX32 controls. There’s a small but vocal minority of folks still using them, and the DX32 topped the list of requested Post upgrades on our recent G-Wizard G-Code Editor Survey. So, I rolled up my sleeves and over the last 2 releases of G-Wizard Editor, I added a…
I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor version 1.018, which has our new Conversational CNC Face Milling and Surfacing Wizard. Here’s what it looks like:
The Surfacing Wizard includes three different toolpaths:
– Zig-zag: Fastest surfacing, because it cuts both ways.
– Climb Mill: Best surface finish–passes are climb mill and then rapid back so they always…
Any parent raising a teenager knows there is a constant refrain from the parents to the teenager to, “Clean up your clothes/junk/whatever!” Things are left wherever they were dropped and it takes a concerted effort to bring any order to this chaos.
So it is with g-code subprograms and the matter of modes too. When…
We recently ran a survey to see what folks thought we should add next to the G-Wizard Editor. The #1 response was a File Compare command, so here is a video showing how the new command works:
We thank you for participating in the survey. It’s not too late to get more votes in to…
I have a confession: I haven’t gotten much writing done for the site in the last week. No blog digest newsletter email went out at all as a result. So, I’m trying to get caught up. I was busy doing work on GW Editor, so I want to go over what all was added in…
Living in a world where the average phone has memory measured in gigabytes it’s easy to forget that a lot of very capable CNC machines have far less memory available for gcode–especially older machines. A real old Fanuc might have only 16K of RAM–that’s “K” as in 1000’s while “Gigabytes” are billions! Even the newer…
Hot diggity, another G-Wizard Editor release is available!
Release 1.005 is a minor release:
– Added ISO Mill and Lathe posts in Inch and Metric. You may need to download the newer canned posts to access them.
– Implemented the ability to use “,” and other characters for the decimal point in g-code for International…
For those of you who are manual machinists and still wondering what CNC can do for you, there are 9 basic g-codes you must learn today. If you know them, and they are easy, they will turn the CNC Machine into the equivalent of a manual machine with power feeds and DRO’s on every axis. …
G-Wizard Editor, Version 1.0. Available for Sale Friday, February 1
I’m extremely excited to announce that we’ll be launching our G-Wizard Editor this Friday, February 1.
Since starting to build our first product, G-Wizard Calculator, I’ve had Big Plans for CNCCookbook’s software line. I’m trying to do something fundamentally different than anything that’s ever been…