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I recently had a customer contact me about a material that wasn’t in G-Wizard’s Material DB. He had been told it was similar to a material that was there, but he felt the Feeds and Speeds G-Wizard was giving were a little too far removed from what the manufacturer was suggesting. Let’s use his problem…
If you’ve been wondering how your peers approach Feeds and Speeds for their CNC work, wonder no longer. Our survey was very popular and we got well over 100 responses.
First, a little background about the respondees. On the whole, they were experienced professional CNC’ers:
59% had more than 5 years of…
I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor version 2.30 to the GWE Download Page.
Release 2.30 is focused on improving the existing Conversational CNC Wizards.
Wondering what “Conversational CNC Wizards” are? 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 g-code…
Sometimes a quick video will get you up to speed quickly on a product feature–that’s why we offer G-Wizard University (accessible from the Help Page) for both our Feeds and Speeds Calculator and the G-Wizard Editor. But, other times, the video goes by too fast and you’re scrambling to get all the details so you…
We try to do as much as we can to help customers and simplify our software. CNC is already too complex, and we try to make it simpler. That’s hard to do if we can’t constantly be making our software simpler and more usable. So, there’s a set of basic technologies and operational policies we’ve…
Machining difficult materials like Titanium and Stainless Steel is a scary business if you own a smaller CNC machine. Even doing aluminum versus plastics and woods can be daunting. Our article on machining aluminum for CNC Routers is one of the most popular we’ve ever done, for that reason. But here is the surprising thing:…
Those of you who are relatively new to CNC but who have been around more experienced CNC’ers have probably wondered why they always add a decimal point in the GCode, even when there’s nothing following the decimal. For example, to go to 5 inches (or mm in metric) right of the origin, they will enter…
I wrote the original G-Wizard Calculator in order to save myself time and get better results machining. I noticed I was hauling handbooks and tooling catalogs around, punching numbers into calculators, and eventually spending way too much time working through elaborate spreadsheets to get good results. There were things I was learning from the tooling…
It’s been said more than once that great fixtures are the secret to profitability for machine shops. But that’s not always true. There’s the shops that leave a couple of vises permanently mounted to the table, set their work offsets to the corner of a fixed jaw, and swear by that. Not much of a…
G-Wizard Estimator v0.1 has been released into the wild!
We’ve finally done what we’ve talked about for a long time–we have taken the cost estimation functionality that had been in our G-Wizard Calculator and created a stand alone product we call G-Wizard Estimator. GW Estimator will be focused entirely on Cost Estimation and Quoting for…
Thank you to all who participated in our Shop Productivity Survey!
Now it’s time to share the results. We surveyed CNCCookbook readers on what they felt were the most important areas to improve in their Shop’s operations. Here are the results:
It was a wide-ranging survey that touched on a number of topics. Predictably, the…
I just uploaded new releases of both G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor with some great new features in each:
For G-Wizard Calculator version 2.81, we added the following:
– Added Thread Mill Feeds and Speeds. Just choose the new Carbide Thread Mill tool from the Tool Menu:
– Added ER Collets to the…
I get asked this question all the time by Hobbyists:
How do I know CNCCookbook’s software is right for me? It looks like it is more for Professionals.
The Pros ask a little different questions aimed at whether it is suitable for the particular kind of work their shop does. Clearly, each one is thinking…
When we recently did our What’s Hard About Learning CNC survey, the area that came out ahead of all the others was Feeds and Speeds:
What’s Hard About Learning CNC?
It was rated the hardest category by beginners, intermediate, and advanced CNC’ers–everyone has trouble with Feeds and Speeds, at least some of the time. In…
Conversational CNC is design to make simple work simple. The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software. Instead, you just answer a few questions in the Conversational Wizard and it’ll generate the code right…