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6 Things A Brand New CNC’er Should Learn to Get Started

May 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Machinist's Mate Diploma

So you’ve just gotten interested in CNC, and you notice the waters look a little deep.  How do you get started?
Here are 6 things you should learn about first, before you buy a CNC machine, before you do anything else, just to get oriented and see what this CNC thing is all about.  It…

Telling the MeshCAM Story a Little Better: Easy CAM for Beginners

Apr 22, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  4 Comments

When I first discovered and reviewed MeshCAM, I was surprised at its simplicity.  So much so that I wrote about it in these pages.  It wasn’t very long before I approached the author, Robert Grezsek, about being able to offer his software here on CNCCookbook.  I was so pleased when he said, “Yes.”
But, after…

Big New G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.40 Adds New Tool Types and Wizards

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
CCWThreadDB

I just uploaded GW Calculator version 2.4 to the install page.  Lots of neat stuff in this release:
– Added Lathe Threading as a new Tool Type in Feeds/Speeds.
– Added a Threading CADCAM Wizard.
– Added the ability to transfer thread specs from the Thread Database to the Threading CADCAM Wizard.
– Added a…

New Beta Version of GW Editor With Improved Performance Available to Test

Apr 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Every now and then I make a major change to one of our core products.  That necessitates some Beta testing rather than just dumping all that new stuff into the production code line.  When that happens I need your help to give the new goodness a good wringing out.  In this case, I have a…

Results of the CNCCookbook Tool Data Management Survey

Apr 14, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
ToolChanger

Last week we did a survey on how everyone is doing their Tool Data Management.  Lots of response to the survey, so it’s time to summarize the results.  The idea here was to understand specifically how people deal with tool length (and to a lesser extent tool width) data as well as syncing up data…

Another GWC Release In the Can: Grooving/Parting, Peck Depth and MillTurn

Apr 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
GWCInACan

I’ve uploaded a couple of minor feature releases of GW Calculator lately and wanted to bring you up to speed on what new goodies are there.  First thing is the latest release is GWC version 2.38 and it is available for download by clicking this link.
Now let’s go over what all is there:
New…

Survey Time: How Do You Collect, Manage, and Use Tool Table Data?

Apr 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
ZPresetter

Time for another survey.  I’ve had folks asking various questions for some time about how others are collecting, managing, and using Tool Table Data.  You know, like how long is that tool and how do I get that length into my tool table?
This survey is designed to collect all that information so we can…

Ballnose Cut Depth Musings for Feeds and Speeds in G-Wizard Calculator

Apr 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
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I got a note from a customer who wanted to understand better why GW Calculator works the way it does with Cut Depth on Ballnosed endmills.  Specifically, he had a cut where he wanted to enter the full diameter of the tool, but he was being limited to effective diameter, which was smaller.  When depth…

10 Strategies for Managing the Feast or Famine Job Shop

Mar 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments
WomenPressWork

Many, if not most job shops experience the “feast or famine” nature of the business.  They’ll be so busy for some weeks they can barely stand it.  Then suddenly they’ll be idle for a few weeks and wondering how to pay the staff.  It’s tough to run a business like that, and to a certain…

More CADCAM Wizards for GW Calculator: ID Turn and Facing

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

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
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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
ChipThinning

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
DogSplits

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
ODTurnMockup

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:
UI…

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