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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…

New Feature: Real Time Cut Width and Depth Optimization in G-Wizard Calculator

May 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  1 Comment

Real Time Optimization: Part of My Evil Plans for World Domination!
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator v3.26 and it includes Real Time Cut Width and Depth Optimization.  Folks, let me tell you, Real Time is better than sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.  I say that entirely tongue in cheek because a competitor has…

New Feature: G-Wizard Editor Makes G76 Threading Cycles Easier

Apr 26, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

The G76 threading cycle is probably the most common g-code for cutting threads used on CNC lathes.  BTW, that link will take you to the chapter on programming G76 cycles that is part of our Free GCode Tutorial.  It’s chock full of cool GCode Programming tips and information, so whether you’re learning or just trying…

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  //  13 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…

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