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Do you use cheat sheets?
You know, those little pieces of paper or charts where you cram in a quick summary of everything you need to know to solve some type of problem quickly. Man, I got through college on my cheat sheets!
Now hang on, before you start thinking I was actually cheating, our…
I just closed the survey to further entries having gotten several hundred responses. This is quite a large group, and certainly large enough to be statistically significant. Product Managers at a variety of CADCAM companies, large and small, tell me they find the results very valuable in their own planning. There’s really no other source…
Wow, 2016 is almost over!
We do a CAD and a CAM survey each year and it’s time for the CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Software Survye.
With over 3 million visitors a year, CNCCookbook is the most popular CNC-related Blog on the Internet, so our surveys always get lots of responses. Product Managers at a variety…
I just watched NYC CNC’s video on Fusion 360 Cloud Crashes and was reminded that there’s still work to do to make the Cloud safe, functional, and industrial grade for every CNC’er. In the video, John makes the point that when the Fusion 360 Cloud crashed, he was left helpless on a lot of dimensions…
Custom tailoring: it’s above my pay grade, but those who can afford it say it is absolutely the best. Far better than buying off-the-rack clothing.
Private lessons are a little more within reach, and I’ve had the pleasure of private tutors from time to time. They beat being part of a classroom with lots of…
A tombstone with fixtures on all four sides set up on a Tormach CNC Mill…
I was reading an article about Tombstones in the Tormach blog recently and it got me to thinking about how Tombstones on VMC’s can make a job more profitable.
Tombstones are par for the course on Horizontal Machine Centers, but…
Nearly 1300 votes were cast for various endmill brands in our recent survey, and there were some 93 different end mill brands represented–WOW!
The response to the survey has been amazing, and now it’s time to present the results. I have divided those results into 3 tiers since there are so many brands to consider.…
So there I was, standing at the VMC, showing my son and his friends (home from college for Thanksgiving break) how the thing worked. We were going to finish an 80% lower as a nice easy project that would be fun and interesting for them. They were eager to check it out. First job was…
What are the most popular end mill brands? Let’s find out by surveying our readers (click the link):
Take the CNCCookbook 2016 End Mill Survey
We’ll put up the results as soon as we get a decent number of responses. Be sure you’re signed up for our email newsletter so you don’t miss hearing the…
The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and any other machining operation where you’ll be cutting with the flutes on the side of an endmill. Aside from the machine’s capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the…
Back in January, Onshape had 3.9% overall CAD market share…
Onshape, the Cloud CAD vendor founded my many of the original team behind Solidworks, announced a number of changes to their plans today. The short summary is they’ve raised prices on the Professional version for those paying monthly, added some power there, and cut the…
I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.65 (click the link to download it manually).
New G-Wizard Release Basics
Before I get into what’s new in this release, I want to revisit some new release basics to try to help everyone with some common questions.
How do I get new releases?
Normally, G-Wizard will download new…
A CNC Toolsetter in action…
This is the second set of results from our 2016 CNC Probe and Toolsetter Survey. In Part 1, we focused on CNC Probes. In this article, we’ll be focused on CNC Toolsetters.
What is a CNC Toolsetter?
A toolsetter is a device similar to the one pictured above that sits…
Many a forum post has carried the derisive view that Mach3 can’t be an industrial grade control because you can’t build “industrial grade” on top of Microsoft Windows. The logic goes on to say that because Windows is not a real time operating system, it’ll never be able to do industrial grade work. There are…
We had a couple hundred participate in our 2016 Probe and Toolsetter survey, which is great–it shows there is quite a lot of interest in the topic . Let’s go over the results!
Do you use a CNC Probe?
77% of survey respondents use probes while about 23% do not. I am suspicious the results…