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Take the 2016 CAM Survey: Tell Us Which Is Best

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  5 Comments
cam software market share

Wow, 2016 is almost over!
We do a CAD and a CAM survey each year and it’s time for the CNCCookbook 2016 CAM Software Survye.
With over 3 million visitors a year, CNCCookbook is the most popular CNC-related Blog on the Internet, so our surveys always get lots of responses.  Product Managers at a variety…

What Every CNC’er Needs to Fix CAM Glitches Quickly and Easily

Dec 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
cam glitch

I was recently reading a post on one of the boards and came across a fellow who was having a problem with Fusion 360:

Control view on the left, CAM on the right: see the problem?
The controller view of the toolpath is on the left and the CAM view is on the right.  Do…

Introducing Custom Tailored Help for CNC’ers Like You

Dec 11, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Custom Tailored

Custom tailoring: it’s above my pay grade, but those who can afford it say it is absolutely the best. Far better than buying off-the-rack clothing.
Private lessons are a little more within reach, and I’ve had the pleasure of private tutors from time to time.  They beat being part of a classroom with lots of…

5 Ideas for Schools With Limited CNC Resources to Maximize CNC Training

Nov 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Cheap CNC Machine

At CNCCookbook, we have a LOT of educational customers, and we give them a nice educational discount on our software.
I got a note from a school wanting to know how they can maximize their CNC Training the other day.  The problem is that they have 1 CNC Mill and 1 CNC Lathe (plus 6…

2 Tools for Optimizing CNC Milling Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover

Nov 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

The depth of cut and width of cut (also called stepover) are crucial variables when milling pockets, profiling, facing, and any other machining operation where you’ll be cutting with the flutes on the side of an endmill.  Aside from the machine’s capabilities, the material, and a description of the tool to be used, they’re the…

G-Wizard Calculator v3.65 Adds Cool Goodies for GD&T and Machine Profiles

Oct 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.65 (click the link to download it manually).
New G-Wizard Release Basics
Before I get into what’s new in this release, I want to revisit some new release basics to try to help everyone with some common questions.
How do I get new releases?
Normally, G-Wizard will download new…

Get Goldilocks Feeds and Speeds for Best Speed and Longest Tool Life

Oct 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Feeds Speeds Porridge

Many machinists, especially brand new and hobby machinists, probably think performance and tool life don’t go hand in hand.  You choose one or the other and let the chips fall where they may (sorry!).  But it turns out that there is actually a middle ground that’s good for both performance and tool life, and it’s…

Toolpath Secret Weapon: Complete Guide to Plunge Roughing / Milling

Oct 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
Plunge Roughing Milling a Pocket

Have you got a tough job ahead, either because your machine is too lightweight or because of challenging geometry on the part (deep pockets, for example)?
If so, maybe Plunge Roughing (also called Plunge Milling ) is the answer.
What is Plunge Roughing?
Let’s start by taking a look at what Plunge Roughing is.  The…

Motion Control Boards Take Mach3 From Hobby Class to Industrial Grade, Part 1

Oct 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  20 Comments

Many a forum post has carried the derisive view that Mach3 can’t be an industrial grade control because you can’t build “industrial grade” on top of Microsoft Windows. The logic goes on to say that because Windows is not a real time operating system, it’ll never be able to do industrial grade work. There are…

CNC Probes and Toolsetters: The Complete 2016 Survey Results

Sep 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
CNC Probe Usage

We had a couple hundred participate in our 2016 Probe and Toolsetter survey, which is great–it shows there is quite a lot of interest in the topic .  Let’s go over the results!
Do you use a CNC Probe?

77% of survey respondents use probes while about 23% do not.  I am suspicious the results…

39 Feeds and Speeds Hacks, Tips, and Techniques

Sep 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Breaking Through Roadblocks

Sometimes you just get stuck…
Sometimes you just get stuck.  You need to do something and it doesn’t look like it’s possible.  We’ll start with a series of hacks for those situations.
#1-#3 My Spindle Won’t Run Slowly Enough for the Material and Tooling I Need
This problem happens particularly often if…

Making It Absurdly Easy to Get Started With G-Wizard Calculator

Sep 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  1 Comment
g-wizard social login

OK, granted, “Absurdly Easy” might be exaggerating things a bit, but I try to constantly make G-Wizard easier for everyone.  Lately, I’ve been working diligently on the very beginning of the process.  Many will have noticed the recent appearance of a brand login popup and with the latest release I uploaded there is now a…

Top 19 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook=[Pure CNC Pleasure]

Most Interesting CNCCookbook Articles

What are the 11 Most Interesting Pages on CNCCookbook, and how would I know?
There are a LOT of articles here on CNCCookbook.  We get 3 million visitors a year checking out roughly 2000 different articles.  To be interesting, we figured a page should draw the reader on as well as keeping their interest.  So,…

Total Beginners Guide to Feeds and Speeds, Part 2

Sep 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Guest-Post, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
Sweet Spots for Feeds and Speeds

Part 2 of my super simple course on Feeds and Speeds for Beginners is up over on the Carbide3D Blog. Yes, that’s right, I guest posted over on their blog.
In Part 1 (also guest posted at Carbide3D), I went over the “Speeds” part of Feeds and Speeds.  That is, I talked about how to…

Outstanding Satisfaction: The Most Loved CNC Controls in 2016

Aug 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  15 Comments
CNC Control Customer Satisfaction Most Loved

Here’s the second installment of our 2016 CNC Control Survey Results.  In this article, I want to explore Customer Satisfaction.  Respondents were asked to report their Customer Satisfaction towards their control with the following respones:

It Rocks! (Scored as 1.0)
Works Fine (Scored as 0.0)
Not Very Happy (Scored as -1)

A perfect score would…

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