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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
radial chip thinning formula

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…

New Optional G-Wizard Calculator Release Available

Mar 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.83.  This is an optional release, PC only (not Mac), which means I won’t be turning on the auto-update right away.  I do optional releases when I want folks who want the latest and greatest to check things out a bit before the mainstream gets hold of it.  If…

G-Wizard’s Tips: Your Expert Mentor and Assistant

Mar 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Personalized service, advice, and mentorship is great.  Having the hotel concierge advise you on the best place to find food you’ll like in a city that’s new to you can really make for a memorable dinner.  Having a good friend who’s been doing CNC for their entire career and is a master can really help…

Breaking News: “CNC Chef” Video Series Launched With Cutting Tool Engineering

Feb 20, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
CNC Chef

I am excited to announce that I’ll be doing a new monthly video series with Cutting Tool Engineering called the “CNC Chef” (a playful reference to the CNCCookbook).  In our first video, I cover the subject of Tool Rubbing.  It comes as a surprise to some that if you try to slow down a cut…

Better Feeds and Speeds for Shopbot CNC Routers

Feb 8, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
Shopbot CNC Router Feeds and Speeds Specs Machine Profiles

I wanted to let the Shopbot community know we’ve added some features to our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator just for you.  I have steadily heard two requests from the Shopbot users we already have:
#1:  Give us pre-defined Shopbot Machine Profiles
#2:  Give us the feedrates in inches (or mm) per second because that’s…

New: Machine Learning for Cutting Tools and Feeds and Speeds

Feb 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
Machine Learning Robots

These days, it seems like Machine Learning is being talked about everywhere.  Self-driving cars, machines beating humans at every game, Google search results change based on machine learning–artificial intelligence has become much more common that it was in the past.
There’s a reason for that: Machine Learning allows software to learn new tricks without requiring…

Feedrates for Entering Cuts and Other New G-Wizard Features

Jan 31, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds for plunging

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.72 and it includes some very cool new capabilities.
Let’s start with something that every CNC’er deals with on virtually every new feature while using their CAM System:
What Feedrate Should I Use to Enter a Cut Using a Helix, Ramp, or Plunge?
Yup, CNC’ers deal with this quite…

Have You Seen the Free Software and Huge Discounts We Offer to CNC’ers?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Sometimes I wish I communicated better…
This is a topic that I never feel like we communicate very well.
We have some amazing deals that hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  I’m talking about both Free Software and Deep Discounts.
Free Calculators in All Shapes and Sizes
There is a huge…

CAM Survey Results 2016: Customer Satisfaction Awards

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments
powermill gold customer satisfaction award cnccookbook

One of the most interesting parts of our CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Survey Results is the Customer Satisfaction.  We ask respondents to rate their CAM packages on a scale of:

It Rocks
It’s OK
Not Happy

Having only 3 values keeps it simple.  In addition, we ask whether they’re actively seeking a new package, which would…

Scary Vacuum Fixture Mishap and Some Possible Cures

Jan 17, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments
vacuum fixture cnc crash

I jumped about two feet when this plate broke loose from the vacuum fixture while the pocket floor was being machined:

He had actually dialed things back quite a bit to try to keep it happy, and I would have thought the majority of the worst cutting forces were done, but the part still broke…

5 Awesome Ways to Use a GCode Editor Simulator With CAM

Jan 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
how many cnc'ers know gcode?

I get asked this question a lot:
Why would I need a GCode Editor Simulator when I’ve got CAM and it has a Simulator too?
For many CNC’ers, they think CAM means they’ll never need or want to deal with g-code. So why would they ever consider having a G-Code Editor / Simulator like our…

The Ultimate Feeds and Speeds Cheat Sheets (and More)

Jan 4, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
feeds and speeds cheat sheet

Do you use cheat sheets?
You know, those little pieces of paper or charts where you cram in a quick summary of everything you need to know to solve some type of problem quickly.  Man, I got through college on my cheat sheets!
Now hang on, before you start thinking I was actually cheating, our…

Results of the 2016 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
High End CAM Market Share

I just closed the survey to further entries having gotten several hundred responses.  This is quite a large group, and certainly large enough to be statistically significant.  Product Managers at a variety of CADCAM companies, large and small, tell me they find the results very valuable in their own planning.  There’s really no other source…

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