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[Breaking News]: Onshape Raises Prices, Reduces Power of Free Version

Nov 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  13 Comments

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…

G-Wizard Calculator v3.65 Adds Cool Goodies for GD&T and Machine Profiles

Oct 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

CNC Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Oct 4, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
CNC Tool Setter Market Share

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…

Motion Control Boards Take Mach3 From Hobby Class to Industrial Grade, Part 1

Oct 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  20 Comments

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…

CNC Probes and Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Sep 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
CNC Probe Usage

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…

39 Feeds and Speeds Hacks, Tips, and Techniques

Sep 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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…

Making It Absurdly Easy to Get Started With G-Wizard Calculator

Sep 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
g-wizard social login

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…

Curious About Probes? Take Our 2016 CNCCookbook Probe Survey to Learn More

Sep 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments
3d touch cnc probe

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…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

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,…

Interview With Wazer Cofounder Nisan Lerea

Sep 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products  //  6 Comments

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…

Outstanding Satisfaction: The Most Loved CNC Controls in 2016

Aug 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  15 Comments
CNC Control Customer Satisfaction Most Loved

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…

Keep Your Tools Safe With a New Tool Check-In Procedure

Aug 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Rust preventative

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,…

Choose the Best CNC Control: 2016 CNC Control Survey Results

Aug 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
Pro vs Hobby CNC Control Market Share

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.…

Survey: Which CNC Controller Do You Use?

Aug 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
CNC Control Panel

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…

Corner Rounding Endmills in G-Wizard Calculator

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

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