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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…

The Ultimate Feeds and Speeds Cheat Sheets (and More)

Jan 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds cheat sheet

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…

Results of the 2016 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
High End CAM Market Share

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…

Take the 2016 CAM Survey: Tell Us Which Is Best

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
cam software market share

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…

7 Best Practices to Protect You From Your Cloud CNC Software

Dec 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products  //  5 Comments
best practices for cloud cnc software

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…

Introducing Custom Tailored Help for CNC’ers Like You

Dec 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Custom Tailored

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…

How Do Tombstones Increase Your Work Area on a VMC With 4th Axis?

Dec 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments
tombstone 4th axis vmc tormach

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…

CNCCookbook 2016 End Mill Survey Winners (Drumroll, Please!)

Nov 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products  //  11 Comments
End Mill Market Share

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.…

How Many Days Since You Broke a Haimer Tip? (1 Day for Me!)

Nov 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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…

CNCCookbook 2016 End Mills: Who Makes the Best End Mills?

Nov 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

2 Tools for Optimizing CNC Milling Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover

Nov 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

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…

[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…

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