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Have You Tried Any of the Cloud CAD Packages Yet?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  4 Comments

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…

Can You Really Trust a Blake Coaxial Indicator?

Nov 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  13 Comments

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…

Latest News as the Cloud CAD Wars Continue to Heat Up

Nov 12, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

Two More Ways to Find Out How-To

Nov 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

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…

New Feature: 3D Surface Feeds and Speeds

Nov 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  7 Comments

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…

20 Kinds of Digital Tooling to Make You a Better CNC’er

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

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…

How to Deal With New Materials in G-Wizard

Oct 22, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

Results of our 2015 Feeds and Speeds Survey

Oct 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
CNC Experience Level

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.
 
Who Responded?
First, a little background about the respondees.  On the whole, they were experienced professional CNC’ers:

59% had more than 5 years of…

G-Wizard Editor: New Conversational CNC Features

Oct 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

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…

G-Wizard Guided Tours: Just Right Documentation

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

What Everybody Ought to Know About CNCCookbook’s Upgrade, Internet, and Subscription Policies

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

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…

The 12 Secrets of Machining Tough Materials on Small CNC Machines

Sep 9, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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:…

Decimal Points: A Quick Way for the Unwary to Crash a CNC Machine

Aug 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

9 Shocking Statistics About G-Wizard We Couldn’t Make Up

Aug 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  6 Comments

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…

Here’s a Quick Way to Figure Out Whether to Build a Fixture

Jul 17, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments

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…

 

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