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Beta Testing New G-Wizard Calculator Version 3.37

Jul 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Feeds and Speeds Aggressiveness adjustment

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?

Jul 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

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.
Got Wood?
I used to constantly see CNC…

GD&T Course: True Position (A Better Way to Tolerance a Position)

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
GD&T True Position Symbol

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…
 
This…

How Big is a 2 X 4? Hint: Lumber Sizes are Deceiving and Here’s Why

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Lumber Sizes Chart

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…

Calculators and Reference Charts for CNC’ers Right Here!

Jul 8, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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 With Tapping Information?

Jul 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments
what's better than a drill chart?

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…

9 New User-Inspired Features That Make G-Wizard Better Than Ever

Jun 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

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…

Quit Scrapping Parts Because They Pop Off Your Vacuum Table

Jun 13, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software, Techniques  //  11 Comments

Do you use a vacuum table or vacuum fixtures?
If yes, then I know you’ve scrapped more than one part because it popped off the table due to too much cutting force breaking the vacuum.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick and easy way to stop that from happening?
I get all my…

IoT and the Biggest Challenges to Data Driven Manufacturing, Part 2

May 29, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Software  //  1 Comment

A glimpse of the Shop Floor of the Future…
The first part of this article discussed a Harvard Business Review piece by Willy Shih and Helmuth Ludwig that presented 4 challenges to the next stage of “efficient and responsive” production.  I won’t belabor those points further, having discussed them in the first installment.  What I…

Get Help Narrowing the CAD Field With CADFinder

May 24, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  No Comments

And now for something completely different…
We recently completed a major survey of CAD users.  It enabled us to build a unique database of hundreds of responses from folks who use these CAD programs on a daily basis.  We published the results, but then we had another idea.
What if We Could Use the CAD…

IOT and the Biggest Challenges to Data-Driven Manufacturing, Part 1

May 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
IoT and Factory Automation

I read with interest Willy Shih’s (Professor of Management Practice at Harvard) and Helmuth Ludwig’s (EVP at Siemens PLM Software) article in the Harvard Business Review on the Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing.  In it, they discuss the idea that Data-Driven Manufacturing and the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors connected to the Internet (the so-called…

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Reviews of 7 Leading CAD Programs

May 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

What sorts of things would you want to know before purchasing a new CAD Software Package? These packages are expensive, you’ll spend hours learning to use them effectively, and they make the difference between success or failure of your next CNC project. The choice you make will impact your productivity for a long time.
Here…

The Ugly Secret About Post Processors Plus 8 Custom Post Processor Ideas

May 14, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
What is a Post Processor?

What is a Post Processor?
Post Processors are an essential part of any CAM Software, but they’re one of those things most CNC’ers know just a little about but not a lot.  I’ve just added a new chapter to our Free G-Code Tutorial Course that’s totally focused on Post Processors.
It covers the following:

What…

How Can I Figure Out What Tool to Use on My CNC Mill Or Router? (Part 3: Pocketing)

May 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

In Part 3 of our series on how to select the right CNC Cutter we’ll be talking about pocketing.
What are Pockets?
Pockets are cavities in the top of the part.  Or, at least the face that’s on top during the milling process.  They can have a floor, or they can be open by piercing…

Want to Get More Done? Try the Pomodoro Technique

May 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
Get more done with ToDo Wizard

Photo courtesy of Entrepreneurship Life…
How I Get More Done
I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with productivity.  Like many of you, I always have more projects on my plate than I can possibly get done, but that doesn’t stop me from constantly biting off more than I can chew.  I equate success…

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