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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…

The 24 All-Time Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles

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…

New Feature: Shared Machine Profiles for GWC

Dec 16, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

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…

Think You Know Which CAM Packages Are Most Popular? Time to Find Out!

Dec 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  12 Comments

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:

High-End:  More…

Big News: Onshape Launching Commercial Version and AppStore Private Beta

Dec 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  18 Comments

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…

Take the 2015 CAM Survey

Dec 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

New Features: Tool Tables and Configurable Post for Conversational CNC

Dec 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

Little-Known Factors That Make G-Wizard Great for Both Big and Small CNC Machines

Nov 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments

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…

Surprising Things We Learned About Cloud CAD Software (Survey Results)

Nov 25, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

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…

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