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Learn How to Estimate Turning Jobs With G-Wizard Estimator

Apr 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Estimator is CNCCookbook’s estimating software for machine shops.  At the moment, it’s in Beta Test, so it’s free for anyone who can use G-Wizard Calculator.
I recently got a call from a customer who wanted to see a demo of how to estimate lathe parts.  I suggested he send me a print for one…

Milling Composites, Part 3: PCD End Mill Support for G-Wizard Calculator

Apr 10, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  No Comments

PCD Tooling such as these Guhdo endmills can really increase tool life when machining composites.
In part 2 of our series on machining composites we saw that composites can be incredibly abrasive and therefore quite tough on tool life.  The most common way to get better tool life is to switch to PCD (poly-crystalline diamond)…

15 Most Useful Features in G-Wizard for Higher Material Removal Rates

Mar 30, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Sometimes we just need the job to go faster.  When that’s the case, look into increasing your Material Removal Rates–MRR is your primary metric for reducing cycle time.  I get calls all the time from shops that want me to help them reduce their cycle times, and these are the most useful features in G-Wizard…

What Every CNC’er Ought to Know About Tool Deflection

Mar 21, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments

What are the limits of Tool Deflection?  Why?  And is G-Wizard Calculator optimistic or conservative about those limits?
I recently finished several fairly in-depth discussions with folks running expensive production machining jobs about the limits of Tool Deflection and how to think about them.  First, Tool Deflection is extremely important to Tool Life, Chatter, Surface…

Here’s a Quick Way to Engrave An Irregular Surface

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, GCode, Software  //  1 Comment

Engraving or machining on a flat surface is the norm–all CNC’ers figure out how to do it in short order.  But what if you want to engrave or machine on an irregular surface?  Let me show you what I’m talking about:

Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces is hard…
Engraving or machining on irregular surfaces…

New Feature: Gen 2 Tool Menu is Live in G-Wizard Calculator

Mar 2, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I just uploaded version 3.15 to the G-Wizard Calculator download page.  It’s got a number of nice additions, but I am going to treat it as a Beta Test.  By that I mean that I am not turning on the auto-update for it–I will wait for the next release and some feedback from users.  So,…

Customer Spotlight: Tactical Keychains (Just a guy making his living from an Iowa garage)

Feb 25, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

Speaking of all things Tactical (Brad and I tease each other a little bit about that whole “Tactical” thing), I am so excited to be doing this story about Brad Martin and his Tactical Keychains business. It’s one of those storybook successes that so many entrepreneurs dream about.  He is his own man with his…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey Results, Part 2: Customer Satisfaction

Feb 23, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

Part 1 of this series, which covers Market Share, may be found here.
I’ve been a bit slow doing the rest of the analysis of our 2016 CAD Survey, but here is the next chapter.  In this installment, we are focused on customer satisfaction.
The survey asked users to rate the packages they use in…

When is Cutting Aluminum at 1000 SFM Just Like Cutting at 300 SFM?

Feb 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Strange question, right?  Almost nonsensical.  Surface Speeds are surface speeds, and a difference of 700 SFM has got to result in a difference to the cutter–probably a BIG difference.  Yet, paradoxically, there is reason to believe, backed by science, that 1000 SFM really can be just like 300 SFM in some cases during High Speed…

New Features: Shapeoko 3 Machine Profile + New Alloys

Feb 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, NewFeatures, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 3.10 and turned on the upgrade signal.  It’s a minor release with a number of customer requested detail improvements and bug fixes:

There are new Shapeoko 3 Machine Profiles–one for DeWalt spindles and one for Porter Cable.  This will make it faster and easier than ever for Shapeoko users…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey Results, Part 1: Market Share

Jan 27, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  16 Comments

We’ve just hit a critical mass of hundreds of responses to our 2016 CAD Survey, so it’s time to find out how everyone voted.  We’ve done CAD Surveys in 2013 and 2015, so we’ll be able to see a little market trending here too.
As with our CAM Software Survey, we’ll be doing one every…

CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  1 Comment

It’s time for another major CNCCookbook survey–the CNCCookbook 2016 CAD Survey.  Each year, we do a number of surveys that provide valuable results to our readers.  The two biggest and most popular by far are the CAD Survey and the CAM Survey.  We do the CAD survey at the beginning of the year and the…

New Feature: G-Wizard Calculator UI Mock Up Available For Feedback

Jan 20, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  11 Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard version 3.04 for G-Wizard Calculator users to play with.  It contains a UI Mock Up for your comment and feedback.  This isn’t something we do very often, but it’s important when there are major changes afoot to some aspect of a product’s User Interface.
In this case, the change we’re contemplating…

37 Things Your CAM Won’t Do For You That GCode Programming Can

Jan 19, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated — Mark Twain
Myth: G-Code Programming is a Thing of the Past
Reality:  G-Code Programming Compliments CAM Extremely Well
Like Mark Twain sort of said, “The reports of GCode’s death are greatly exaggerated.”  Even MMSOnline agrees that the idea G-Code programming by people instead of CAM software…

7 Biggest Feeds and Speeds Mistakes CNC’ers Make

Jan 12, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

These are things I hear over and over again talking to CNC’ers.  There are some better ways and some better answers that can really improve your Feeds and Speeds practices if you’re open to them.  Fixing your Feeds and Speeds is one of the easiest productivity hacks you’ll ever make.
Assuming Feeds and Speeds Can…

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