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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…

Lots of Great New Features in G-Wizard Calculator v1.99

Sep 30, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Facemilling feeds and speeds

-If you’re wondering why it’s been so quiet on the blog (I even skipped last week’s weekly email), it’s because I’ve been busy on this release.  Boy is there a lot of new goodness in it!
New Facemill Wizard
For starters, I added a new CADCAM Wizard: the Facemill Wizard joins the Pocket, 2D Profiling,…

Expanding Studs for Fixturing

Sep 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  9 Comments

I like Mark Hockett’s fixturing idea. He uses some expanding studs for fixturing a piece. That way, there’s not even a bolt head standing proud to run into with the cutters:

Expanding studs on the fixture and ready to go…

A stud looks like this. Through bolt with tapered head…

The head drives into the…

Best Roughing Strategies by Material

Aug 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  6 Comments
pocket roughing strategies

Advancements in Astronomy have largely followed steady increases in telescope power, culminating in telescopes in space like the Hubble.  Similarly, advancements in physics have tended to follow the race to build bigger and bigger particle accelerators.
It helps to have more powerful instruments, regardless of what science you are probing.  And the same applies to…

Get Kids Into Manufacturing With Guitar Building Camp

Aug 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing  //  2 Comments

I love this idea.  As a musician (keyboard player) all all-around music lover, I understand the power of music.  There’s not much that’s more powerful when it comes to influencing positive change because it reaches out and grabs you at an intuitive level.
In Indiana, the Wells County Economic Development started a summer camp program…

Lights Out Machining: New Article in Our CNC Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook

Aug 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Our recent analysis of Top Shops found that one of the things that makes Top Shops more productive and profitable than others is that they are 39% more likely to do Lights Out Machining.  This was the biggest difference in Machining Strategies versus other shops, with the second biggest being the use of 5-Axis machining…

What Do The Top Shops Do That Makes Them Special?

Jul 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

MMSOnline does a feature every year where they survey a bunch of machine shops for Best Practices and then declare the leaders to be “Top Shops.”  There’s a lot to be learned from their data, but I find the voluminous tables of response statistics to be a painfully slow way to consume the information.  Invariably…

The High Cost of Tight Tolerances

Jul 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Cost of tight tolerances

We’ve all heard the stories about part drawings coming through that specify ridiculously tight tolerances.  We know that holding tight tolerances is harder, and we know it is more expensive to make a part the tighter the tolerances are.  But how much does it cost to have tighter tolerances really?
I came across this great…

5 Steps to Evaluating VMC Performance With G-Wizard

Jul 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

So you’ve decided to acquire a new VMC for your shop, either as an upgrade to an existing machine, as a replacement, or perhaps this will be your shop’s first VMC.  Congratulations, and my condolences.  Condolences because you’re facing a bewildering array of data that you’ll have to wade through to make the best decision…

3D Printing Steel Muscle Car Body Panels

Jul 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I am a total gearhead-car lover.  In fact, I got interested in machining and CNC largely through my interest in cars.  I will admit, I have spent more time on the CNC than the cars in the meanwhile, but the interest has never left me.  It’s amazing what you can make for cars with CNC,…

19 Ways to Design Parts So They’re Easier to Manufacture

Jun 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Many of our readers own or work in CNC manufacturing businesses of all sizes and many would like to start such a business, perhaps something similar to this neat Kickstarter project for the latest precision machined Aluminum Sentinel Cache.  One thing all manufacturing has in common is the desire to keep the manufacturing cost as…

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