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Why Doesn’t My CNC Machine Move the Cutter Where I Told It To?!??

Feb 12, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Let’s start out by saying this article is not about troubleshooting a machine that isn’t performing correctly.  There are cases where seemingly innocuous commands to a properly set up and adjusted CNC machine do not result in the moves that were commanded.
How can that be possible?
The short answer is that this is caused…

Ever Use a G-Code Simulator to Debug Your Part Programs?

Feb 7, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Tired of cutting air to see whether your g-code program is going to work?
We just added a new chapter to our G-Code Tutorial that shows how you can use a G-Code Simulator like G-Wizard Editor to help diagnose your part programs.

Lots of good info there about what a good g-code simulator can do…

Last Software Release of 2011 adds G68 Coordinate System Rotation to G-Wizard Editor

Dec 31, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

I just posted our last software release for 2011: G-Wizard Editor version 0.420. It’s a minor feature release with the following changes:
– Added G68/69 coordinate rotation processing.
– Extended Internet connection timeout for a session to reduce likelihood of a false “No Connection” status.
– Fixed bugs around Post formats for “F” word. Added…

CNC Editor Buyer’s Guide

Dec 18, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software  //  2 Comments

Ever wonder what the most important features are for a g-code or CNC editor? We’ve added two chapters to our G-Code Course that help you understand what’s important to have in some of the key tools of your trade. The first chapter discusses CNC Editors and the many features we feel are important to them.…

Great Tip: Pull Up the Finishing Pass on Pockets

Dec 18, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Techniques  //  No Comments

Saw a great tip from an aerospace machinist on one of Hoss’s CNCZone threads:

When you do the finish pass, reduce depth of cut a few thousandths so that only the side of the endmill is cutting. This will improve surface finish and reduce chatter.

Sounds like a geat tip to me!…

G-Wizard Editor Version 0.410 Uploaded: Now With Custom Canned Cycles

Nov 14, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode  //  No Comments

There’s a new version of our G-Wizard Editor and CNC Simulator uploaded today. If you’re a registered user, the install page is here. If not, click that first link and register. It’s free since we’re still in Beta test and you’ll find a lot of great features there.
This is our first release to require…

Give Us Your Take on Multi-Axis Machining (aka Who’s Doin’ the Fancy Stuff???)

Oct 23, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Techniques  //  No Comments

Things are going a bit slow over on our Multi-Axis Machining Survey. Yes, we’ve got participation, but not nearly as much as for most of the other surveys. Inquiring minds want to know who’s doin’ the fancy stuff. Please give us a sense of your experience machining with more than the usual number of axes!…

G-Wizard Editor is getting Markers on the Backplot and a lot of other cool features!

Oct 16, 2011   //   by   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

We’ve added a lot of new features in the latest release of G-Wizard Editor and Simulator (that would be release 0.400), so I wanted to share some with you.
First up, we’ve added Markers to the backplot:

Markers show where the g-code starts, where it ends, and the position of the currently highlighted line of…



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