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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…
12 Days of Christmas? Yes, and here are 12 each of the all-time most popular Cookbook articles and Blog Posts.
What’s the difference between a Cookbook Article and a Blog Post? Typically the Cookbook articles are longer, more in-depth, and often are part of an extended series. Blog Posts can be just as useful and…
I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.98–click for the download page. This version has a variety of changes including:
– Shared Machine Profiles
– Added Melamine to materials under MDF, and SAE 660 Bearing Bronze to Materials DB.
– Converted the file format of machine profiles to CSV. You can load it into Excel to…
We’ve just completed our 4th CAM Software Market Share Survey, and the results are fascinating. We’ve done them in 2010, 2012, 2014, and now 2015. We’ll be doing one every year from now on–the market is just changing too quickly to look only every other year.
We divide the market into 3 segments:
One thing about the Cloud–it facilitates rapid innovation. Onshape are taking full advantage of this with two big announcements this morning. CNCCookbook was part of their exclusive press event announcing these developments. Representing Onshape were Jon Hirschtick (Founder and Chairman), Joe Dunne (Partner Manager), and David Corcoran (VP of Engineering):
Let’s go over what they…
Another year is upon us, and we’re going to start doing a CAD and a CAM survey each year. We used to alternate them, but the pace of innovation, not to mention mergers and acquisitions, has really picked up. There’s too much change to only check in every 2 years.
This time, we’re doing a…
Just uploaded a new version 3.2 of G-Wizard Editor which has a whole bunch of neat stuff added to the Conversational CNC module.
If you’re wondering what “Conversational CNC” is, I’m so glad you asked!
Conversational CNC is designed to make simple work simple. The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce…
Is G-Wizard best for Big or Small CNC Machines?
I was recently contacted by a G-Wizard user who was unhappy that some folks on a forum thread felt our G-Wizard Calculator was only good for Big Industrial Machines and not so much for little routers. I told him I also hear sometimes from Big Industrial…
We just finished our big survey on Cloud CAD Software, and the results are fascinating.
One thing before we start. The survey was worded to encourage responses only from people who had actually tried a Cloud CAD Software package. There are plenty of folks that have preconceived notions about what they think, but I really…
We’re running a survey so we can give our readers some feedback on Cloud CAD. If you have any experience using one of these packages such as Fusion360 or Onshape, please take our survey and tell us what you thought.
The survey is short and won’t take much time at all. Just click the button…
It’s a common problem for a machinist to need to find the center of a circular feature–either a boss or a hole. There are a lot of ways to do this ranging from using a probe on a CNC to using one of the many tried-and-true methods that started out with manual machining. The Blake…
We’ve covered Fusion 360 and Onshape in the past. They’re the frontrunners so far in the race to do first class CAD in the Cloud. We expect others will follow, chiefly from the large desktop competitors who start to see these Cloud entrants on their radars, but also from other newcomers. Both products are making…
This week, we’ve added two new ways to find out “How-To.” First, for all the non-blog pages (for example, click the “Cookbook” menu), we have added Google Site Search. It will search all of www.cnccookbook.com as well as blog.cnccookbook.com. CNCCookbook is a huge site with several thousand pages on a wealth of CNC-related topics. If…
While most machining is 2 1/2 D, 3D Surfacing is still very popular. What’s the difference?
With 2 1/2D, it is rare that X and Y change at the same time as Z on the surface of an object. It can happen during cutting, usually due to ramping or helixing down into a cut. But…
What’s your budget for Digital Tooling?
When I was learning to be a manual machinist, people used to say, “Budget as much for tooling as you do the machine.” They were right–conservative even.
Then I went CNC, and I started noticing a lot of that tooling wasn’t needed any more. Though I might like to…