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Complete Guide to Getting the Most from Your Mini, Desktop, or DIY CNC Machine

Aug 12, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Today’s Mini, Desktop, and DIY CNC Machines are capable of some truly amazing work…
Are you struggling to get the best performance from your mini CNC machine?
Maybe you built a DIY CNC Router Kit like a Shapeoko (CNCCookbook has one!) or Inventables X-Carve.  Perhaps you’ve converted a mini milling machine like one of the…

Easy Guitar Drawing for Custom Guitar Bodies, Part 1 [CNC / CAD Project]

Aug 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Need a guitar drawing so you can CNC a custom electric guitar body?
Me too!  Ever since I got in our new Shapeoko CNC Router Kit, I’ve been thinking about what projects I want to build with it.  Custom electric guitars are very high on the list.  And a little DIY CNC Router like this…

Radically Simplifying G-Wizard Startup for New Users

Jul 19, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Every software package faces an initial hurdle–what it takes for a new user to get it installed and working so they can experience the magic the package can bring for them.
Our G-Wizard Calculator is no exception.  It needs to know some things about your CNC Machine before it can give you the best Feeds…

Dropbox: Awesome File Sharing Tool for Multiple PC’s

Jul 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  5 Comments

I wanted to pass along a quick note about Dropbox, a piece of software I’ve really become dependent on. It’s purpose is to create a folder on all of your machines that in reality exists in the “Cloud” so that it is really easy to share files between machines by copying them to the Dropbox…

Jigs and Fixtures: Show Me the Money [Video]

Jul 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

There’s an old saying among machinists–fixtures are where you make your money.  If you’re good at making fixtures that save time, you’ll turn a bigger profit.  Or so the saying goes.
But is it really true?  Is it always true?  Will every job benefit from fancy fixturing?
I put together a Free Fixture Calculator that…

6 Things A Brand New CNC’er Should Learn to Get Started

Jun 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
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So you’ve just gotten interested in CNC, and you notice the waters look a little deep.  How do you get started?
Here are 6 things you should learn about first, before you buy a CNC machine, before you do anything else, just to get oriented and see what this CNC thing is all about.  It…

CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software  //  18 Comments
CNC Machine Hourly Rate

Our G-Wizard Estimator software has a Machine Hourly Rate Calculator.   A lot of shops use the notion of hourly rate on machines to help with job cost estimation and quotation, but there’s not a lot of information available about how to calculate a good hourly rate to use.
Here’s what the CNC Machine Hourly Rate…

Are You Still Ignoring Tool Deflection? [We Can Help!]

May 22, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Are you still ignoring Tool Deflection?  You’re not alone–many CNC’ers do.  But it hurts their tool life and surface finish something fierce.
I just did a video for Cutting Tool Engineering magazine that was totally focused on Tool Deflection.  In it, you’ll learn:

What tool deflection is
How it hurts tool life
How much you…

Best CNC Router Speeds and Feeds Calculator

May 15, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
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I had a customer contact me recently to talk about Speeds and Feeds for CNC Routers.  It was an interesting conversation because he really wanted to understand what it takes to have the Best CNC Router Speeds and Feeds Calculator.  In explaining it to him, I felt the best approach was to consider a combination…

[Breaking News] More Useful Calculators for CNC’ers and Machinists!

May 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manual, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
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Our mission?  Helping everyone to be Better CNC’ers.
Honestly, we’ve been on a mission for a long time to help anyone who wants to be a Better CNC’er.  Whether you’re a Beginner trying to get your arms around the basics, or a seasoned Pro who never stops improving your game, we’ve got the goods.
Part…

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which Gives Better Results?

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
45 and 90 degree face mills

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which gives better results?
First, what are we talking about when we say 45 or 90 degrees?  The answer is fairly obvious from the photo above comparing two Glacern Face Mills.  Take a look at the angle of the cutting edge on the inserts.
Yes!  The angle is…

CNC Software Sale Ends This Friday, April 14th!!!

Apr 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

Good news, I’m extending our Spring Sale one more week–it ends Friday, April 14.
Until then, you can save 15% off every piece of CNC Software we offer.  Some of the best deals are listed on our CNC Software Sale page.
Remember, the sale prices don’t show up until you get into the shopping cart,…

Easy Multiple Spindle Options for G-Wizard

Mar 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
auxilliary high speed spindle

It’s fairly common to find machines that have multiple spindle options available.  I don’t mean that you can specify multiple, options, but that there are actual multiple options delivered with the machine.  A very simple example would be multiple pulley ratios.  More exotic would be sub-spindles, for example a high-speed auxiliary spindle or speeder on…

G-Wizard Bonus: Lifetime Free Features – You Savvy?

Mar 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We do a terrible job advertising it, but most of G-Wizard Calculator is free.  Seriously.  You sign up for the 30-day free trial, and when that ends, even if you don’t purchase, most of the tabs will go right on working for you.  There’s a giant treasure trove of useful calculators, utilities, and reference information…

[CNC Chef Video] Chip Thinning: Clear and Present Danger if Ignored

Mar 14, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
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Just launched my this month’s video with Cutting Tool Engineering for my “CNC Chef” column (a playful reference to the CNCCookbook).  In the first video, I covered the subject of Tool Rubbing.  It comes as a surprise to some that if you try to slow down a cut too much, it is actually much worse…

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