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Last Week of G-Code Calculator Beta Testing

Dec 3, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

In with the New (G-Wizard G-Code Editor) and out with the Old (G-Wizard Calculator). After having been tested by literally thousands of machinists from over 500 different companies from all over the world, I’ll be closing the G-Wizard 1.0 Beta Test next week. The calculator has come a long long ways with the help of…

G-Wizard G-Code Editor is Open for Beta Testers!

Dec 3, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

We’ve just finished up 2 weeks of Alpha Test and all the serious bugs reported by the initial group of 50 testers have been fixed. Therefore, I’m opening up GWE for general Beta Testing. If you’d like to try it out or just learn more about it, the home page is here with a registration…

G-Wizard G-Code Editor Goes to Alpha Test

Dec 3, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

With the G-Wizard Calculator Beta Test nearly over (if you haven’t signed up, you should, as there will be special pricing for Beta Testers–pass the word!), I’ve been spending a lot of time getting GWE, the g-code editor, ready for some testing. This week, its been made available for Alpha Test, which is an exciting…

G-Wizard Parts!

Sep 28, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

G-Wizard user Wes was kind enough to send a couple of photos of some soft jaws and a fixture he whipped up in a few hours with a little help from G-Wizard:

He has a cool DynaMechatronics benchtop CNC machine. Looks like it gives a pretty good surface finish on those parts. Like many other…

G-Wizard Custom Tool Cribs

Sep 24, 2010   //   by   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I’m still busy making G-Wizard videos. They’re a real quick way to show someone a lot of information. The one I just finished is all about making custom Tool Cribs for G-Wizard:
Making a Custom Tool Crib in G-Wizard
Custom Tool Cribs can serve a lot of purposes. Since you can have unlimited Tool Cribs,…

G-Wizard Calculator Video Tour

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Calculator Video Tour
I just uploaded a new video tour of G-Wizard to YouTube. It gives a brief overview of each of the applications included with G-Wizard. I really like video as a way of getting a quick intro to something without requiring a lot of tedious documentation reading. Here is the video:

Deep Pockets

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Deep pockets are hard to machine. You’ve got tool rigidity problems with long tools to reach down deep coupled with chip clearance as the deeper the hole the harder it is to get the chips out of there. Couple that with thin walls and you have this part Eric Tate recently showed on the Yahoo…

G-Wizard Has a Shot at the iPhone and iPad

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

Amazing news this morning from Apple: they’ve dropping the rules they put in place that kept Flash off the iPhone and iPad.
I’ve had so many people ask if G-Wizard would run on iPhones and iPads that I had been really unhappy when Steve Jobs blocked Flash (G-Wizard is written in Flash). Assuming this really…

G-Wizard Gains Plastics, Composite PC Board, and Wood Materials

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

Just finished up a 12 hour long day of number crunching to add wood, composite PC board, and new versions of plastics to the Material list for G-Wizard‘s Feeds and Speeds calculator.
G-Wizard uses an unusually detailed database for its Feeds and Speeds. This is one reason why it produces better results than the other…

Climb Milling a Must for Thin-Walled Parts

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Thin walled parts are a real pain because the thin walls want to vibrate like a tuning fork. When that happens, you’ve got trouble, big trouble, and its name is chatter. I was reading a fascinating article recently that made the point that when milling thin walls, climb milling is a must. Because climb milling…

Deciding on Best Depth and Width of Cut When Milling

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

I got a note recently from a G-Wizard user who wanted to know how to decide on best depth and width of cut when milling. It’s a great question. Most machinists, I suspect, use rules of thumb and habit more than anything else unless the situation dictates something in particular based on the dimensions of…

Ballnose Surface Finishes

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

It’s a small world, I guess. No sooner did I get done adding a section to my Turner’s Cube page showcasing Widgitmaster’s lathe-turned versions when I find him asking a question on CNCZone about how to calculate stepover to achieve a desired finish when profiling with a ballnosed cutter. As it happens, this function is…

Interpolating Holes vs Twist Drills

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

They say nothing removes material faster than a twist drill. Just one problem, it only removes a cylinder of it, so it can’t really profile or pocket (the exception being pluge roughing, but I’ll save that for another time). Although, profiles and pockets often begin with the need to get the endmill down to proper…

CAM Tips: Optimize Your Toolpaths for Better Results

Jul 10, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

There’s a whole host of ways to optimize your CAM Toolpaths for better results.  For example, exactly how the cutter enters and leaves the cut can make a huge difference in tool life and surface finish, especially for difficult materials like stainless steel.
Here’s a quick tip for 2D profiling the outside of a part:…

Mach3 Users: Make all of your Accelerations the Same on your Axes!

May 23, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

I discovered this was a problem while making my tapping arms. Due to the high rate of feed (50 IPM) and some abrupt changes of direction to follow the profile, I hadn’t really encountered the problem before. I had heard on one individual having an issue with wildly different motor tuning on a knee versus…


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