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More Tool Geometry is Coming to G-Wizard Calculator

Dec 17, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
Endmill Geometry

One thing that’s very important to most CNC Software is it’s model for Tool Geometry.  Without knowing what kind of tool is being used, it’s pretty hard to help improve the results.
Our G-Wizard CNC Calculator software has a richer tool model than any other Feeds and Speeds Calculator there is, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.  The next step up are the tool models used by CAM and CNC Verication programs.  While G-Wizard had bases pretty well covered in terms of tool types, the exact details of tool geometry are more elaborate for these more expensive programs.… Read the rest

A Progress Report on the G-Wizard G-Code Editor Beta Test

Dec 15, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
HappySurvey

The summary is we are very very close to releasing Version 1.0 of G-Wizard Editor!
I’ve been running the in-app Beta surveys for about 6 weeks now to gather information from all of our Beta Testers on how well the product is working.  You can see the survey form on the right.  Thanks to everyone that filled in a form, and especially those who have filled in several so I can document the progress the product has made during this time.  If you have been ignoring them, please take the time to give your feedback or drop me an email if you want to provide a lengthier response.… Read the rest

Aluminum Composite Materials for G-Wizard

Nov 18, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve always liked the look of Aluminum Composite Materials.
Here is a shot of Mxtras beautiful production shop from our Home Shop Hall of Fame. It isn’t really a home shop, but it was so cool I couldn’t resist. One of the neat things about the shop is his extensive use of aluminum composite materials together with welded square tubing to create really neat custom rolling work stations:

Aluminum Composite Panels: Alpolic
The fancy brushed aluminum skins are actually an aluminum composite material made by Mitsubishi and called “Alpolic”. These composite materials consist of thin sheets of aluminum bonded to a plastic core.… Read the rest

How Can G-Wizard Calculator Make Your CNC Business More Efficient?

Nov 17, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
marginalcost

I was recently asked by a potential customer how G-Wizard Calculator could make his small CNC business more efficient.  In the last few weeks, I have received correspondence from G-Wizard users that tell the story of how the product has helped them.  One wrote and flatly said that G-Wizard had saved his firm nearly $25,000 by reducing the time needed to run a particular job.  Another was using G-Wizard to good effect to evaluate trade offs of several different kinds of tooling.  In particular, this is a manufacturer of custom indexable tooling that wanted to understand the potential value of corncob roughers on jobs that had very large amounts of chip thinning due to running small stepovers.  … Read the rest

New Video: G-Wizard Editor Setup Tool

Nov 4, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Just uploaded a new video that shows how the G-Wizard Editor Setup tool can be used to change units between Metric and Imperial, setup Machine Profiles, and configure for your CNC controller’s g-code dialect:

 GWE has extensive support for different g-code dialects, and lets you create a full “Post” that defines how your controller behaves.  In addition, we have a number of predefined machine profiles and posts that you can use as your starting point.  The video shows how to easily take advantage of all that.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor v0.700 adds Coordinate Shifting, Scaling, G-Code Marker on Backplot, and Beta Survey

Oct 28, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
GWEBetaSurvey

G-Wizard Editor version 0.700 has just been uploaded to the install page.  BTW, our install pages are listed on our Software page, which can be reached by selecting the “Software” choice from the menu bar at the top of every one of our web pages.
GWE v0.700 is a minor feature release with several useful new things:
- New Translate Revision. Translate allows you to shift or scale all the coordinates in a program or a selection and soon it will also do rotation. The scale function can also convert between metric and inch coordinates.  Here’s what the new Revision looks like:

The Translate Revision is the last major missing editing command from GWE, and when we finish the Rotate portion in the next release, you’ll have a powerful set of commands that let you transform and edit your g-code.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Calculator v1.700 Learns to Print

Oct 25, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
Printing from GW Calculator

G-Wizard Calculator version 1.700 is just out with two great new features.  First, a long-standing request from our customers that had also scored well on the Customer Portal feature voting:  GW Calculator can now print any page.  Just right click on the page to bring up the Print menu.  Folks had been asking for this so they can capture feeds and speeds, threading info, and a whole host of other things on a printout to take over to the machine:

Print any page in GW Calculator using the right click print menu…
Second, we’ve started redesigning the various pages and applets to use less screen real estate in preparation to creating a version of GWC that runs on tablets.  … Read the rest

New G-Wizard Editor + Simulator Release: v0.689

Oct 18, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
Curious puppy looks underwater

Release 0.689 is a minor feature release with some pretty handy improvements:
- You can click the backplot and the g-code will scroll to the line that ends closest to where you clicked.
- You can now cause the debugger to run to the cursor. With the debugger/simulator paused, just simply click the line you want it to run to. It will popup a message asking you to confirm and then it’ll run to there.
- Canned drilling cycles now tell the coordinates of hole bottom in the Hints.
- There is now an option to enable you to turn on or off the grid components individually: axes, major lines, or minor lines.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Calculator Gets Fits and Tolerances Thanks to the Wisdom of Crowds

Oct 16, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  1 Comment
CNCCookbook customer support

You may have heard the expression, “The Wisdom of Crowds”, or perhaps the popular buzzword, “Crowdsourcing.”  Products and companies that have lots of users have a distinct advantage if they’re willing listen to the Wisdom of Crowds–their Customers–and learn what people want them to do to make the products better.  Here at CNCCookbook, we are fortunate to have had about 15,000 machinists use our software.  Our web site gets well over 1 million visitors a year.  That is a huge base of Wisdom to draw on, and that’s how we wound up adding Fits and Tolerances to the G-Wizard Calculator.  We think it gives us a tremendous competitive advantage to have such a team of Smart Folks like yourselves to guide us!… Read the rest

INFOGRAPHIC: Why You Need a Feeds and Speeds Calculator

Oct 13, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

A question I hear fairly often is, “Why do I need a Feeds and Speeds Calculator, aren’t the manufacturer’s recommendations good enough?  Here is an Infographic that walks through the limitations of Manufacturer’s Recommendations vs Feeds and Speeds Calculators like our own G-Wizard:

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Why you need a Feeds and Speeds Calculator – An infographic by the team at CNCCookbook.com
Please share this infographic on social media too!… Read the rest

G-Wizard Adds Machinable Wax Feeds and Speeds for Lost Wax Casting, Jewelry Making, and Prototyping

Oct 9, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Machinable Wax

Machinable Wax is a really neat material.  It can be used with a Lost Wax Casting process to make jewelry and all sorts of other things.  I’ve done Lost Wax Casting before, and it is a simple process that yields good results.  The Wax is recyclable if you keep the shavings–just heat to 290F and pour into a mold.  Best of all, it machines well.  You can use relatively fast feeds and speeds and it’s not to hard to get a decent finish suitable for making molds.
With release 1.671 of G-Wizard, we’ve added support for Machinable Wax–just select “Wax” from the materials menu.  … Read the rest

What a Difference a Radius Makes: CAD/CAM Trick

Oct 7, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Tool engagement in a corner

We’ve all seen the amazing feeds and speeds that are possible using HSM Toolpaths.  These fancy toolpaths work because they keep the cutter from plunging blindy into corners where the cutting forces double or triple almost instantly.  Those corners are like pounding the end of the cutter with a hammer.  Once you make that pain go away, it’s no wonder you can machine much more quickly!
But there is more than one way to skin that cat.  Consider the case of the humble corner again.  Here’s a schematic view of a 1/2″ cutter plunging into a corner at the point where it reaches maximum pain:

Full corner engagement.  … Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor v0.680 is out: Try the new SETVN support even for controls without SETVN

Oct 6, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  3 Comments
G-Wizard Editor

Release 0.680 is a major feature release, so there’s quite a bit of juicy stuff to be had there.  First, here is the Install Page Link.  You must be registered to use the GWE Beta Test, so if you’re not, visit the Beta Registration Page.
Fanuc SETVN Support
The biggest news is support for symbolic variable names using Fanuc’s “SETVN” statement.  SETVN allows you to name variables and refer to them by name instead of using numbers. “#1″ could be named “#HOLEDIA”, for example.  Imagine how much easier that makes understand macros.  I’ll be writing up a full article on symbolic names using SETVN, our new “soft” SETVN (see below, we’re getting there), and LinuxCNC-style <variables> (not implemented yet!) before too long as part of our G-Code Tutorial.  … Read the rest

G-Wizard Now Has Instant Trials + News for Existing Users and Beta Testers

Oct 5, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments
mail chimp

We started out by making the Beta Test signup for G-Wizard Editor “Instant” about a week ago.  Just a few days ago, in conjunction with G-Wizard Calculator release 1.670, we brought on instant registration for GW Calculator Trials too.  It’s been great–you can basically register for either one as fast as you can type into the forms, click the return email, bring up our software, and login.  No more waiting for hours for the registration to be processed.  Best of all, no serious problems reported by users of the new system, although I have tweaked the various forms and messages to improve them and makes things a little clearer.  … Read the rest

Instant Registration Comes to G-Wizard Editor

Sep 28, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments
stop-watch

I just uploaded release 0.655 of our GW Editor software.  Lots of neat stuff in this release, but my favorite is “instant registration”.  It’s not quite instant, but it beats the heck out of the hours long delays our current registration system has.  I was able to get registered as fast as I could type and confirm the email link.  We need to thoroughly test it, so we started it out on GW Editor.  Assuming all goes well, we’ll add it for GW Calculator when we do our next release there.
Last release we switched on the new 3D graphics library, which made the backplot dramatically faster.  … Read the rest

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