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G-Wizard Bonus: Lifetime Free Features – You Savvy?

Mar 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We do a terrible job advertising it, but most of G-Wizard Calculator is free.  Seriously.  You sign up for the 30-day free trial, and when that ends, even if you don’t purchase, most of the tabs will go right on working for you.  There’s a giant treasure trove of useful calculators, utilities, and reference information…

How Well Do You Know GD&T [Important for Pro CNC’ers!]

Mar 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

A simple GD&T drawing…
If you work from prints that 3rd parties send you to make parts from, chances are you’ve seen some Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols on them.  GD&T is the industry standard to communicate size, location, orientation, and form requirements on an engineering drawing.
We offer a free mini-course on just…

[Review] Tosa Tool’s ER Tightening Fixture: Great CNC Shop Tool

Mar 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
Tosa Tool TTS Compatible Tool Mount

I’ve  got a fair few products to review in my backlog, so I’m going to try to get these out to you every week or two until I am caught up.  This week, I’ve got Tosa Tool’s (Dan Bye’s excellent company) TTS Compatible Tool Mount.  It’s an ER Collet Chuck Tightening Fixture.  In fact, both…

New Optional G-Wizard Calculator Release Available

Mar 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.83.  This is an optional release, PC only (not Mac), which means I won’t be turning on the auto-update right away.  I do optional releases when I want folks who want the latest and greatest to check things out a bit before the mainstream gets hold of it.  If…

[Vise Stop Review] Imaginetool’s Way Cool New SideStop

Mar 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
ImagineTool SideStop Work Stop Vise Stop

I just got my hands on a new product for review.  It’s the SideStop, a next-generation vise stop (work stop) made by the good folks at ImagineTool:

The SideStop is a next-generation vise work stop…
The SideStop is one of those “Better  Mousetrap” kinds of products.  Better mouse traps are great–we all love to find…

Shopmade Tool: Accurately Measure Bores With an Indi-Calipers

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  6 Comments
shopmade dial bore gage

One of the most accurate ways to measure a bore is with a dial bore gage, but these can be really expensive and seldom used tools.  A nice Mitutoyo dial bore gage set is almost $400 as I write this.
I loved this gadget by gbritnell I saw on HMEM to adapt a DTI to…

4 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best T-Handle Hex Keys

Feb 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  6 Comments
Wiha T-Handle Hex Keys

I don’t know about you, but I much prefer fasteners that involve hex keys to those that require a slotted or philips head screwdriver.  There are some very fine screwdrivers available, and we’ve written about 8 of the world’s best, but I decided it was high time to track down the world’s best T-Handled Hex…

Review: SCE TTS Toolholder Racking System

Feb 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments

Note: The special offer on these racks has been extended for two weeks–it’s good until March 1st.
It’s only appropriate that our first real product review is the Santa Cruz Electronics TTS Toolholder Racking System.  SCE is one of a select few Tormach distributors, and they happen to be right in my home town of…

Help: How Can I Afford to Buy a CNC Machine?

Feb 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments

Dude, have you seen what these CNC machines cost?
CNC is one of my favorite things in the world, and it is amazing that an individual these days can actually have a full-blown CNC machine that’s more powerful than the machines used to put men on the moon right in their own garage.  Heck, they’re…

How to Create a CAM Package Short List + More CAM Survey Info

Feb 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
cam package visibility

Fellow CNC’ers, there’s still more information to be gleaned from our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Package Survey, it just takes a while to crunch all the numbers with so many folks having responded.
So far, we’ve covered:

Market Share
Customer Satisfaction Awards

This week I want to delve a little bit into the murky process that…

Feedrates for Entering Cuts and Other New G-Wizard Features

Jan 31, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds for plunging

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.72 and it includes some very cool new capabilities.
Let’s start with something that every CNC’er deals with on virtually every new feature while using their CAM System:
What Feedrate Should I Use to Enter a Cut Using a Helix, Ramp, or Plunge?
Yup, CNC’ers deal with this quite…

Have You Seen the Free Software and Huge Discounts We Offer to CNC’ers?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
We have some amazing deals that hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  I’m talking about both Free Software and Deep Discounts.
Free Calculators in All Shapes and Sizes
There is a huge…

CAM Survey Results 2016: Customer Satisfaction Awards

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
powermill gold customer satisfaction award cnccookbook

One of the most interesting parts of our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Survey Results is the Customer Satisfaction.  We ask respondents to rate their CAM packages on a scale of:

It Rocks
It’s OK
Not Happy

Having only 3 values keeps it simple.  In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…

Upcoming CNCCookbook Product Reviews: Good Stuff!

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
TTS Racking System for Tormach Enclosure

TTS Racking System for Tormachs is one of the upcoming reviews I’ll be doing!
We’re getting ready to start something new for 2017: product reviews.
I’ve got a bumper crop of reviews coming up here in the CNCCookbook blog:

The Rack:  TTS Racking System by Santa Cruz Electronics.  This is a must-have accessory for anyone…

Scary Vacuum Fixture Mishap and Some Possible Cures

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments
vacuum fixture cnc crash

I jumped about two feet when this plate broke loose from the vacuum fixture while the pocket floor was being machined:

He had actually dialed things back quite a bit to try to keep it happy, and I would have thought the majority of the worst cutting forces were done, but the part still broke…

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