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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…

10 New Year’s Resolutions You SHOULD Keep This Year!

Jan 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

What kinds of New Year’s Resolutions do CNC’ers make?
Well of course anything is possible, but here are some ideas that will maximize your productivity.  I always try to make resolutions that save me time so I can do more.  Seems like the most valuable kind of resolution, doesn’t it?
Let’s take three big categories…

New Sharing Features in G-Wizard Products

Jan 3, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

Time for another update.  I have uploaded new versions of G-Wizard Calculator, G-Wizard Editor, and G-Wizard Estimator.  You can find the download links on our Help Page.
There is much new in these releases.  For starters all G-Wizard products can share machine profiles, posts, and tool cribs.  The sharing all works the same and is…

Strengths and Weaknesses of the 16 Leading CAM Software Packages

Dec 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  10 Comments

Picking the wrong CAM package can be a nightmare…
What sorts of things would you like to know before purchasing CAM Software?  CAM is often expensive, you’ll invest hours learning to use it properly, and it may make the difference between success or failure of your CNC project.  Odds are, the more you know about…

CNCCookbook Product Roadmap for 2016, Plus 2015 Recap

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

What Are you Crazy CNCCookbook Dudes Planning Next?
It’s end of year and time to talk a bit about what we accomplished in 2015 with our CNC Software and where we’ll be going with it in 2016.
2015 Recap

It’s been an amazing year for CNCCookbook!
2015 has been an amazing year for CNCCookbook.  We…

All About Wood Types and Feeds and Speeds for CNC Routers and Mills

Dec 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments

I get asked fairly often why there are so few wood choices in G-Wizard Calculator’s Material Database, or how to convert wood hardness to Brinell to tell G-Wizard about the differences in hardness for various kinds of wood.  After all, there are probably a couple of hundred different choices for Steel including all the alloys…

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