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We recently completed a major survey of CAD users. It enabled us to build a unique database of hundreds of responses from folks who use these CAD programs on a daily basis. We published the results, but then we had another idea.
What if We Could Use the CAD…
What sorts of things would you want to know before purchasing a new CAD Software Package? These packages are expensive, you’ll spend hours learning to use them effectively, and they make the difference between success or failure of your next CNC project. The choice you make will impact your productivity for a long time.
Ever used your VMC to turn parts? Not so much I bet. A lot of CNC Lathe users, OTOH, have probably milled parts, provided they have live tooling. In fact, I’ve talked to many who prefer to mill on their lathes when the nature of the part makes it possible. A lathe with bar feeder…
Our readers have gotten a lot of value from CNCCookbook surveys in the past. You’ve learned things like what the most popular CAD and CAM packages are, or what users think the particular strengths and weaknesses of some of these packages are. I’ve always felt the best reviews are from the people using the products…
HP’s new Jet Fusion printers range from $130,000 to over $200,000. This is their 4200 model…
HP announced at an unveiling event at the RAPID Tech Conference in Orlando, Florida that it has launched it’s new 3D printing line and the machines can print 10 times faster and at half the cost of 3D printers…
What is a Post Processor?
Post Processors are an essential part of any CAM Software, but they’re one of those things most CNC’ers know just a little about but not a lot. I’ve just added a new chapter to our Free G-Code Tutorial Course that’s totally focused on Post Processors.
It covers the following:
In Part 3 of our series on how to select the right CNC Cutter we’ll be talking about pocketing.
What are Pockets?
Pockets are cavities in the top of the part. Or, at least the face that’s on top during the milling process. They can have a floor, or they can be open by piercing…
Real Time Optimization: Part of My Evil Plans for World Domination!
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator v3.26 and it includes Real Time Cut Width and Depth Optimization. Folks, let me tell you, Real Time is better than sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads. I say that entirely tongue in cheek because a competitor has…
I must admit: as much as I value the Internet and online resources, I still like books for a lot of things too. Accordingly, I have a large library on CNC and Machining topics that I use to help me research a lot of what I write for CNCCookbook. I thought you might like to…
The G76 threading cycle is probably the most common g-code for cutting threads used on CNC lathes. BTW, that link will take you to the chapter on programming G76 cycles that is part of our Free GCode Tutorial. It’s chock full of cool GCode Programming tips and information, so whether you’re learning or just trying…
I get this question from time to time, and all beginners are going to have it when they first start out:
How can I figure out which tool to use?
For this article, let’s stick to CNC Mills and Routers, and be aware that a Router is really just another name for a particular type…
G-Wizard Estimator is CNCCookbook’s estimating software for machine shops. At the moment, it’s in Beta Test, so it’s free for anyone who can use G-Wizard Calculator.
I recently got a call from a customer who wanted to see a demo of how to estimate lathe parts. I suggested he send me a print for one…
PCD Tooling such as these Guhdo endmills can really increase tool life when machining composites.
In part 2 of our series on machining composites we saw that composites can be incredibly abrasive and therefore quite tough on tool life. The most common way to get better tool life is to switch to PCD (poly-crystalline diamond)…
I launched a survey a few days ago and we’ve already had over 300 responses as I write this–clearly there’s a lot of passion amongst the Hobby CNC crowd. I can’t blame them–I love CNC and every aspect of it.
Here’s what we found out:
What kinds of CNC machines do you own?
Sometimes we just need the job to go faster. When that’s the case, look into increasing your Material Removal Rates–MRR is your primary metric for reducing cycle time. I get calls all the time from shops that want me to help them reduce their cycle times, and these are the most useful features in G-Wizard…