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10 New Year’s Resolutions You SHOULD Keep This Year!

Jan 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

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…

New Sharing Features in G-Wizard Products

Jan 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

CNCCookbook Product Roadmap for 2016, Plus 2015 Recap

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

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.
2015 Recap

It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook.  We…

New Feature: Shared Machine Profiles for GWC

Dec 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

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…

Think You Know Which CAM Packages Are Most Popular? Time to Find Out!

Dec 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

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:

High-End:  More…

Big News: Onshape Launching Commercial Version and AppStore Private Beta

Dec 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  18 Comments

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…

Take the 2015 CAM Survey

Dec 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

New Features: Tool Tables and Configurable Post for Conversational CNC

Dec 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

Shaper Tools: What If Hand Tools Were CNC?

Dec 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Products  //  2 Comments

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…

Surprising Things We Learned About Cloud CAD Software (Survey Results)

Nov 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

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…

Can You Really Trust a Blake Coaxial Indicator?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments

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…

Latest News as the Cloud CAD Wars Continue to Heat Up

Nov 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

New Feature: 3D Surface Feeds and Speeds

Nov 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  7 Comments

While most machining is 2 1/2 D, 3D Surfacing is still very popular.  What’s the difference?
With 2 1/2D, it is rare that X and Y change at the same time as Z on the surface of an object.  It can happen during cutting, usually due to ramping or helixing down into a cut.  But…

Don’t Gamble With Your Tools: Protect Them From Rust

Oct 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Techniques  //  10 Comments

It’s a real heart breaker to pull out a tool you haven’t looked at in a while and discover it has rust. Nasty stuff. I live within sight of the ocean, so my shop is particularly susceptible. My answer is to apply a rust preventative called “Break-Free” when I first get a tool into the…

What’s a Surface Grinder Good For?

Oct 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products  //  1 Comment

Passing along this great article by Tormach as an introduction to Surface Grinders.  I know I’ve answered the question many times, “Why would I use a surface grinder?”  I really like Tormach’s inexpensive approach to an automated surface grinder in their PSG-612 product.  Just set it up and let the automation do the tedious part.…

 

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