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More CADCAM Wizards for GW Calculator: ID Turn and Facing

Mar 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

I have just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator v2.36 to the install page.  It adds two more CADCAM Wizards for lathes:  ID Turning (boring) and Facing.  CADCAM Wizards have three advantages over just using the basic Feeds and Speeds applet in GW Calculator:
1.  They’re faster and simpler.  You have to tell the CADCAM Wizards a lot…

The Ebb and Flow of Customer Feedback for G-Wizard Software

Mar 13, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

I feel very blessed to have so many wonderful customers who are so willing to share feedback that helps me make our G-Wizard software better.  We’ve had well over 25,000 machinists use the software to date, and so there has been a tremendous amount of “burnishing” of the software through the feedback of all you…

Help! G-Wizard is Giving Me a Higher Feedrate Than My CAM Software and Other Calculators

Mar 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  2 Comments

I get mail with that kind of message every so often.  A machinist uses G-Wizard Calculator and it gives them a higher feedrate, sometimes quite a bit higher, than his CAM software or other feeds and speeds calculators.  The chipload is the same, and the formula to go from chipload to feedrate is simple, so…

New OD Turning Wizard and Chamfering Tool Geometry for GW Calculator

Mar 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  1 Comment

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.30 (download here) which has some great new goodies.  Check it out:
New OD Turning CADCAM Wizard
The CADCAM Wizard’s are designed to get you feeds and speeds in a form that is ideally suited for your CAM program and with as few keystrokes as possible.  The new OD…

A Gearotic Project Video Start to Finish

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  No Comments

Gearotic is Art Fenerty’s specialized CADCAM program for gear design.  Art is the man who wrote the original versions of Mach3, so he knows a thing or two about CNC.  I have wanted a good video that will both teach you what Gearotic is capable of and also be related to a real project.  Art’s…

G-Wizard Calculator version 2.28: More Good Stuff

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  1 Comment

Here at CNCCookbook, we’re always striving to put our More Good Stuff.  It’s what we do, whether the Good Stuff is new machining articles or updates to our software.  Today I uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.28 (click that link to get to the dowload page).  It’s got a number of improvements under the hood:

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 President’s Day Sale

Feb 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

2014 has gotten itself well underway, so it’s time for our first sale of the year.  We’re offering 15% off featured products using the “GEORGEWASHINGTON” coupon code in the shopping cart.  After all, President’s Day is also George Washington’s birthday, so it only seems fair to honor our country’s first president on President’s Day.  Here…

G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Webinars Now Available on YouTube

Feb 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

You can now view our G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor training and demonstration webinars on YouTube.  These webinars are the most up-to-date and in-depth videos we’ve ever done of our products, so they’re chock full of good information on what the products can do and how to use them.  The webinars were extremely well attended…

New G-Wizard Editor Release and GWE Webinar Recording Available for Download

Feb 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  3 Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor v1.46.  It contains several handy improvements:
– Changed so all tools are automatically made visible at startup. Had people turn off tool visibility, quit, come back later, and wonder why the tools weren’t visible in the backplot.
– Add a “My Post Isn’t Here!” button to Setup.
– Fixed problem…

Two Webinars This Week: GW Calculator and GW Editor

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  2 Comments

We had some technical difficulties last week–apologies to all who tried to attend but couldn’t.  The software had some problems that didn’t show up during practice (natch!).  I have now switched to using GoToMeeting for webinars, which is what several of you recommended.  All that said, we did manage to hold our first webinar for…

Why I Love CNCCookbook: A Chance to Make a Difference

Jan 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

One of our users posted a note in our User Club today that made me feel good.  Here’s what he had to say:
I just got my yearly review at work, 4.28 % raise! Hey Bob, 6 months ago I knew nothing about milling. I couldn`t even spell VFM. I spent 14 hours training on…

Results from the 2014 CNCCookbook CAM Software Market Share Survey

Jan 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  8 Comments

We just completed our 3rd CAM Software Market Share Survey.  We did the first one in 2010 and our second one in 2012.  Each one garnered several hundred responses in a very short time, and so should be a statistically significant sample of respondents.  I’ll be grouping the results into three categories based on their…

Take the 2014 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Jan 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  8 Comments

Another year is upon so it is once again time to do a big survey.  I like to alternate CAD and CAM surveys year by year.  We did a CAD survey last year and a CAM survey at the end of 2012.  These surveys are very popular because we always get several hundred respondents and…

G-Wizard Editor version 1.37: Improved Time Estimates

Dec 26, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

A number of people use G-Wizard Editor to give them accurate information on how long their g-code programs will take to run.  Accordingly, I made a number of improvements to GWE version 1.37 to make it more accurate.  For example, there is a new simulator adjustment on the Machine Profile page that lets you apply…

Using G-Wizard Editor’s New Soft Limit Alarms to Help Spot Crashes Before They Happen

Dec 16, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

Nobody likes it when their CNC machine crashes, and there’s no way to absolutely 100% guarantee that you will never have a crash.  Crashes are hard on tooling, parts being machined, fixtures (seen a vise that’s been milled on top recently?) and machines.  They can really get in the way of your productivity.  Most of…



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