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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…

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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…

Choose the Best CNC Control: 2016 CNC Control Survey Results

Aug 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, DIY CNC, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments
Pro vs Hobby CNC Control Market Share

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.…

Survey: Which CNC Controller Do You Use?

Aug 17, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
CNC Control Panel

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…

Corner Rounding Endmills in G-Wizard Calculator

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Here’s What the Right Digital Tooling Can Do For You

Aug 6, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

Another New G-Wizard Release: v3.38

Aug 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  No Comments
Indexable Tooling Feeds and Speeds

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…

Complete Guide to Structural Steel Sizes and Shapes Just Added

Aug 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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……

Set Up G-Wizard for Small CNC Machines

Jul 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments
Runout vs Tool Life

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…

Bolt Circle Calculator (Free)

Jul 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

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