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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…

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…

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