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It’s time for another major CNCCookbook survey–the CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey. Each year, we do a number of surveys that provide valuable results to our readers. The two biggest and most popular by far are the CAD Survey and the CAM Survey. We do the CAD survey at the beginning of the year and the…
Yes, we should of thought of it but didn’t–DOH! Thank you for thinking of it for us!
We’re blessed at CNCCookbook with a tremendous amount of valuable user feedback on our software–it’s audience is quite large, quite friendly, and quite willing to pitch in and help us make the software better. Thank you!
There are some great deals on indexable tooling and inserts on eBay…
I’ve bought a lot of tooling from eBay at great prices. It can be a great resource for Pros and Hobbyists alike. There are some tricks of the trade to know that I want to pass along to help you get the best…
What kinds of New Year’s Resolutions do CNC’ers make?
Well of course anything is possible, but here are some ideas that will maximize your productivity. I always try to make resolutions that save me time so I can do more. Seems like the most valuable kind of resolution, doesn’t it?
Let’s take three big categories…
Time for another update. I have uploaded new versions of G-Wizard Calculator, G-Wizard Editor, and G-Wizard Estimator. You can find the download links on our Help Page.
There is much new in these releases. For starters all G-Wizard products can share machine profiles, posts, and tool cribs. The sharing all works the same and is…
What Are you Crazy CNCCookbook Dudes Planning Next?
It’s end of year and time to talk a bit about what we accomplished in 2015 with our CNC Software and where we’ll be going with it in 2016.
It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook. We…
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.98–click for the download page. This version has a variety of changes including:
– Shared Machine Profiles
– Added Melamine to materials under MDF, and SAE 660 Bearing Bronze to Materials DB.
– Converted the file format of machine profiles to CSV. You can load it into Excel to…
We’ve just completed our 4th CAM Software Market Share Survey, and the results are fascinating. We’ve done them in 2010, 2012, 2014, and now 2015. We’ll be doing one every year from now on–the market is just changing too quickly to look only every other year.
We divide the market into 3 segments:
One thing about the Cloud–it facilitates rapid innovation. Onshape are taking full advantage of this with two big announcements this morning. CNCCookbook was part of their exclusive press event announcing these developments. Representing Onshape were Jon Hirschtick (Founder and Chairman), Joe Dunne (Partner Manager), and David Corcoran (VP of Engineering):
Let’s go over what they…
Another year is upon us, and we’re going to start doing a CAD and a CAM survey each year. We used to alternate them, but the pace of innovation, not to mention mergers and acquisitions, has really picked up. There’s too much change to only check in every 2 years.
This time, we’re doing a…
Just uploaded a new version 3.2 of G-Wizard Editor which has a whole bunch of neat stuff added to the Conversational CNC module.
If you’re wondering what “Conversational CNC” is, I’m so glad you asked!
Conversational CNC is designed to make simple work simple. The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce…
The Shaper Router: Hand Tools with CNC…
CNC has been undergoing rapid evolution lately, especially at the entry-level part of the spectrum. Mere mortals can have 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and CNC Mills in their garages these days. Even the Apollo Space Program never had so much access to CNC as the average maker does…
We just finished our big survey on Cloud CAD Software, and the results are fascinating.
One thing before we start. The survey was worded to encourage responses only from people who had actually tried a Cloud CAD Software package. There are plenty of folks that have preconceived notions about what they think, but I really…
It’s a common problem for a machinist to need to find the center of a circular feature–either a boss or a hole. There are a lot of ways to do this ranging from using a probe on a CNC to using one of the many tried-and-true methods that started out with manual machining. The Blake…
We’ve covered Fusion 360 and Onshape in the past. They’re the frontrunners so far in the race to do first class CAD in the Cloud. We expect others will follow, chiefly from the large desktop competitors who start to see these Cloud entrants on their radars, but also from other newcomers. Both products are making…