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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…
Breaking Through Roadblocks
Sometimes you just get stuck…
Sometimes you just get stuck. You need to do something and it doesn’t look like it’s possible. We’ll start with a series of hacks for those situations.
#1-#3 My Spindle Won’t Run Slowly Enough for the Material and Tooling I Need
This problem happens particularly often if…
OK, granted, “Absurdly Easy” might be exaggerating things a bit, but I try to constantly make G-Wizard easier for everyone. Lately, I’ve been working diligently on the very beginning of the process. Many will have noticed the recent appearance of a brand login popup and with the latest release I uploaded there is now a…
Here at CNCCookbook we learn a lot from our surveys. We have a large and vibrant audience of CNC’ers (that’s you, folks!)–over 3 million visitors a year. Our typical surveys bring in a few hundred responses, which is enough to be statistically significant. And, they’re from all walks of life from beginning hobbyists on through…
What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook. We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles. To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest. So,…
Hope you caught my original post about Wazer, the Personal Desktop Waterjet. This afternoon I had a chance to catch up with Nisan Lerea, once of Wazer’s cofounders. He was attending Techcrunch’s Disrupt conference, so we talked via Skype.
What’s the Wazer story? Nothing like the 2 minute pitch from the Founders about how the…
Here’s the second installment of our 2016 CNC Control Survey Results. In this article, I want to explore Customer Satisfaction. Respondents were asked to report their Customer Satisfaction towards their control with the following respones:
It Rocks! (Scored as 1.0)
Works Fine (Scored as 0.0)
Not Very Happy (Scored as -1)
A perfect score would…
I like new toys as well as the next guy, so I try to take reasonable care of them. Towards that end, I’ve adopted a standardized “check-in” procedure for my shop. When a tool arrives, it is logged into an Excel spreadsheet. I have pages for tooling, consumables (cutters, abrasives, fluids, etc.), and stock (aluminum,…
We last surveyed CNC Control market share back in 2012, so it’s been 4 years. We got over 250 survey responses, so let’s take a look at the results. For those who are wondering, recall that the CNC Control is the hardware and software that takes g-code and uses it to control the CNC machine.…
Which CNC Controller Do You Use?
We last surveyed about CNC Controls in 2012, so it’s high time to find out how the market has changed since then.
First, when we say CNC Control, we mean the software/hardware combination that runs the control panel of your CNC machine and is responsible for making the machine…
With G-Wizard Calculator version 3.45, we now have support for Corner Rounding Endmills:
Corner Rounding Endmills: New Cutter Type
Corner Rounding Endmills are super-easy to use. Just select them as a geometry type from the basic Endmill tool. Be sure to enter the flute length (which is also the arc radius). That’s all there is…
I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with our new M3D Printer, but I did manage to make my first couple of parts with it:
There’s a little bit of fuzz, but that’s pretty typical for 3D printers, especially at the low end…
Close-up of the soft jaw…
The parts are soft jaws…
Have you invested in the right Digital Tooling for your CNC Work?
CNC and Manual Machinists are quite used to the idea of investing in tooling. Many of us have never met a tooling gadget we didn’t covet, at least at first. Sometimes, the right tooling can dramatically multiply your productivity or make possible things…