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We last surveyed CNC Control market share back in 2012, so it’s been 4 years. We got over 250 survey responses, so let’s take a look at the results. For those who are wondering, recall that the CNC Control is the hardware and software that takes g-code and uses it to control the CNC machine.…
Which CNC Controller Do You Use?
We last surveyed about CNC Controls in 2012, so it’s high time to find out how the market has changed since then.
First, when we say CNC Control, we mean the software/hardware combination that runs the control panel of your CNC machine and is responsible for making the machine…
With G-Wizard Calculator version 3.45, we now have support for Corner Rounding Endmills:
Corner Rounding Endmills: New Cutter Type
Corner Rounding Endmills are super-easy to use. Just select them as a geometry type from the basic Endmill tool. Be sure to enter the flute length (which is also the arc radius). That’s all there is…
Have you invested in the right Digital Tooling for your CNC Work?
CNC and Manual Machinists are quite used to the idea of investing in tooling. Many of us have never met a tooling gadget we didn’t covet, at least at first. Sometimes, the right tooling can dramatically multiply your productivity or make possible things…
I just uploaded the latest G-Wizard release, version 3.38. BTW, if you’re ever looking to download the latest release, don’t re-register for the trial. I realize the trial is the first place you got the download, but it’s very hard to use it to find the download again and there is an easier way. Simply…
I’ve just added our Complete Guide to Structural Steel Sizes and Shapes to our Calculator and Reference Data page.
Machinists and Fabricators often use these shapes so it’s handy to have access to this data. It’s available both in reference chart form and as a free calculator built into G-Wizard:
Free Size and Weight Calculator……
I get asked all the time how to set up G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator for small machines that aren’t very rigid. Folks know intuitively (or after finding out the hard way) that these machines often can’t handle feeds and speeds that are as aggressive as other heavier machines.
G-Wizard has a well-designed set of…
Yeah, I know, that “Free” on the end of that title looks a little cheezy, LOL. What can I say, just trying to get the word out about an important new feature in our G-Wizard Calculator. Believe it or not, it isn’t the Bolt Circle Calculator that’s important, although it’s cool. It’s that we’re going…
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.37 for Beta Testing. To access it, you’ll need to go to our alternate install page where you can get the latest official version, the backup older version, and this new beta version. I’m going to run the Beta Test for a week, fix any problems reported, and then…
What if there was a Feeds and Speeds Calculator specially made for CNC Routers? What would it do differently?
As many of you have made abundantly clear in conversations we’ve had, CNC Routers need a bunch of things that are different than what other CNC’ers may need.
I used to constantly see CNC…
The latest chapter in our Free GD&T Tutorial is now available, and it is all about True Position. This is the first of a number of chapters that will be focused on the individual symbols used for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. The symbol for True Position is this:
The GD&T True Position Symbol…
How big is a 2 x 4? The actual size of a 2 x 4 is about 1.5 by 3.5 inches. In fact, it might be up to 2/16″ less than that, depending on a some important factors.
Whoa! That’s crazy!
Now I’ve got to tell this story, just because I never knew and found…
I’ve been getting a fair bit of feedback about reference information lately. Turns out there is a ton of reference info built into G-Wizard that many people don’t know about, there’s a ton of info people would like to see me add, and there’s also a bunch of info that’s generally useful in tabular form…
What’s better than a drill bit size chart?
Make no mistake: having a good drill bit size chart (sometimes called a “drill index”) is a very handy thing indeed to have around. If it has information on which twist drill size to use for tapping, so much the better.
But in this age of computers…
I love it when you give me fabulous feedback that I can use to improve our software. The new Vacuum Fixture Mini-Calc was entirely inspired by just one conversation with someone who wasn’t even a customer–it was inspired by a problem that was preventing them from becoming a customer. This week I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard…