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Announcing Our New Partner: FASTech

Apr 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

I’m pleased to announce that FASTech, one of the Top 10 Mastercam dealers, is now offering G-Wizard Calculator to customers to help them with their Feeds and Speeds.  These folks are a wonderful resource to the Mastercam community and are responsible for the eMastercam online community for Mastercam users.  Their territory is Ohio and Eastern…

Survey Time: How Do You Collect, Manage, and Use Tool Table Data?

Apr 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Time for another survey.  I’ve had folks asking various questions for some time about how others are collecting, managing, and using Tool Table Data.  You know, like how long is that tool and how do I get that length into my tool table?
This survey is designed to collect all that information so we can…

10 Strategies for Managing the Feast or Famine Job Shop

Mar 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Many, if not most job shops experience the “feast or famine” nature of the business.  They’ll be so busy for some weeks they can barely stand it.  Then suddenly they’ll be idle for a few weeks and wondering how to pay the staff.  It’s tough to run a business like that, and to a certain…

Precision CNC Machined Titanium Dice

Mar 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  14 Comments

I love to hear from our customers what they’ve been doing with G-Wizard.  What’s particularly cool is when they’ve taken the time to really document an interesting project.  Here is James Dressman’s precision machined Titanium Dice.  A lot of work went into these, but the end result is a finely crafted set of dice:

The…

Why I Love CNCCookbook: A Chance to Make a Difference

Jan 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

One of our users posted a note in our User Club today that made me feel good.  Here’s what he had to say:
I just got my yearly review at work, 4.28 % raise! Hey Bob, 6 months ago I knew nothing about milling. I couldn`t even spell VFM. I spent 14 hours training on…

Ultimate Guide to Selecting Toolholders for Milling

Dec 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  11 Comments
Best Milling Toolholders

Over the years, we’ve written a lot of articles about toolholders for milling machines.  They’re an important topic and I frequently get questions about them.  Recently, I found myself having to visit multiple CNCCookbook articles to answer a question and decided it was time to get all the information into one article along with refreshing…

G-Code Robotics and Face Milling a Titanium Caribiner

Nov 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

These two para-biners have a finish called “Gonzodizing”…
Once upon a time, Caribiners were exotic mountain climbing equipment.  Eventually, someone started using them to clip keychains to their belts and the like, and they became a fashion statement.  Once things are fashion statements and cool, there’s no telling where they go from there.  In this…

Apple to Build New Solar-Powered Manufacturing Facility in Arizona

Nov 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing  //  1 Comment

After years of gutting US manufacturing with offshoring, it’s good to hear there’s some new manufacturing being built in America again.  Apple apparently plans to build a new facility in Arizona that they say will create 2000 new jobs.  The story is that this facility will be used to manufacture sapphire crystal to be used…

CADCAM Estimator Update: We Heard Your Survey Wishes!

Oct 28, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments
Cost Estimate Feature Quantity

Note: If you’d like to play with G-Wizard Estimator, there’s a free 30-day trial available.
Thanks to all who participated in our Cost Estimation Survey, I think most of the feedback has been incorporated with this release.
Let’s go through what’s been added to this new release:
Feature Quantity and Fixed vs Variable Costs
A…

CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software  //  15 Comments
CNC Machine Hourly Rate

Our G-Wizard Estimator software has a Machine Hourly Rate Calculator.   A lot of shops use the notion of hourly rate on machines to help with job cost estimation and quotation, but there’s not a lot of information available about how to calculate a good hourly rate to use.  Here’s what the CNC Machine Hourly Rate…

20 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles and Pages of the Last 6 Months

Every so often I like to tally up our most popular articles so the newcomers don’t miss them.  Here it is, the Magnum Opus, get ready to feast:
1.  CNCCookbook G-Code Course
Our free g-code course is perennially popular and has become a go-to resource for the community.  If you don’t know the g-code yet,…

Machining Cost Estimation Survey

Oct 7, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We rely on getting by with a little help from our friends.  In fact, we work hard at making it as easy as possible for everyone who is interested to give us their input on what we’re doing.
This week you’re seeing a lot of content around Cost Estimation, and it’s for a reason.  Having…

Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing: New Cookbook Article

Oct 5, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve just added a new article to our Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook called, “Cost Estimating for Machining and Manufacturing.”
It’s an introduction and overview of the fascinating world of generating cost estimates for manufacturing.  If you’re involved with or interested in that sort of thing at all, check it out.…

G-Wizard Previews Manufacturing Cost Estimation Software with CADCAM Estimator

Oct 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  No Comments

Cost Estimation is an important part of the any Machine Shop or Manufacturer’s routines.  The most important thing to get right with Machine Shop Cost Estimation Software is accuracy.  What better way to do that than to use the G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds engine to prepare the estimates?  Over 22,000 machinists have used G-Wizard Calculator…

Check Out Our New CADCAM Wizards Video Tour

Oct 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

The positive response to our new CADCAM Wizards feature in G-Wizard Calculator has been overwhelming.
CADCAM Wizards are a whole new approach to Feeds and Speeds for CNC machinists.  They work the way your CAM software does to quickly create a recipe for each individual CAM operation. Powerful algorithms in CADCAM Wizard consider thousands of…

 

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