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I just uploaded the latest G-Wizard release, version 3.38. BTW, if you’re ever looking to download the latest release, don’t re-register for the trial. I realize the trial is the first place you got the download, but it’s very hard to use it to find the download again and there is an easier way. Simply…
CNCCookbook readers, we’re going to launch a new program for you this week. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time, and the opportunity has finally presented itself to make it a reality. I don’t want to say too much about what it is (yes, I’m a tease!) in this article other than…
I’ve just added our Complete Guide to Structural Steel Sizes and Shapes to our Calculator and Reference Data page.
Machinists and Fabricators often use these shapes so it’s handy to have access to this data. It’s available both in reference chart form and as a free calculator built into G-Wizard:
Free Size and Weight Calculator……
I get asked all the time how to set up G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator for small machines that aren’t very rigid. Folks know intuitively (or after finding out the hard way) that these machines often can’t handle feeds and speeds that are as aggressive as other heavier machines.
G-Wizard has a well-designed set of…
Yeah, I know, that “Free” on the end of that title looks a little cheezy, LOL. What can I say, just trying to get the word out about an important new feature in our G-Wizard Calculator. Believe it or not, it isn’t the Bolt Circle Calculator that’s important, although it’s cool. It’s that we’re going…
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.37 for Beta Testing. To access it, you’ll need to go to our alternate install page where you can get the latest official version, the backup older version, and this new beta version. I’m going to run the Beta Test for a week, fix any problems reported, and then…
What if there was a Feeds and Speeds Calculator specially made for CNC Routers? What would it do differently?
As many of you have made abundantly clear in conversations we’ve had, CNC Routers need a bunch of things that are different than what other CNC’ers may need.
I used to constantly see CNC…
3D Printers are cool–they’re very fun to play with. But they have some drawbacks too. They’re slow, the quality of the surface finish on parts you print often requires a lot of extra work to smooth out, they can be finicky unless tuned up, and they’re not incredibly cheap either for all that.
The latest chapter in our Free GD&T Tutorial is now available, and it is all about True Position. This is the first of a number of chapters that will be focused on the individual symbols used for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. The symbol for True Position is this:
The GD&T True Position Symbol…
How big is a 2 x 4? The actual size of a 2 x 4 is about 1.5 by 3.5 inches. In fact, it might be up to 2/16″ less than that, depending on a some important factors.
Whoa! That’s crazy!
Now I’ve got to tell this story, just because I never knew and found…
I’ve been getting a fair bit of feedback about reference information lately. Turns out there is a ton of reference info built into G-Wizard that many people don’t know about, there’s a ton of info people would like to see me add, and there’s also a bunch of info that’s generally useful in tabular form…
What’s better than a drill bit size chart?
Make no mistake: having a good drill bit size chart (sometimes called a “drill index”) is a very handy thing indeed to have around. If it has information on which twist drill size to use for tapping, so much the better.
But in this age of computers…
I love it when you give me fabulous feedback that I can use to improve our software. The new Vacuum Fixture Mini-Calc was entirely inspired by just one conversation with someone who wasn’t even a customer–it was inspired by a problem that was preventing them from becoming a customer. This week I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard…
Robert Grzesek, Jorge (George) Sanchez, Edward Ford, and Apollo Crowe: The Carbide3D Team
A passion for excellence. Never being satisfied. Always exploring, looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things better. The pure unadulterated joy of designing and making very cool things–it’s more like play than work. And maybe just a hint of…
Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…
We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done. It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.
With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant…