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Results of Our DNC Survey

Jul 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
DNCSurvey

Every CNC machine user needs a way to get g-code programs onto their machines.  Our recent DNC Survey was aimed at understanding how people are going about doing this.  Here are the results:
Use DNC:  59%
Use Memory Cards, Direct Network Connection, or Other:  41%
This is not surprising.  DNC is going to be more…

4 Ways Geometry Affects Machining and What to Do About It: Infographic

Jul 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Rubbing, Chip Thinning, Tool Engagement, and HSM all have geometry consequences.

Geometry has a profound effect on your cutter’s health and well-being, not to mention your surface finish and material removal rates.  Here is an Infographic that walks through 4 ways geometry can affect your machining along with what you can do about it in each case:…

Does Your Shop Use DNC Software to Move G-Code Around?

Jul 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
RS-232Cable

How does your shop go about getting g-code part programs on to the various CNC machines on your shop floor?
There’s the old stand bys–usb key, floppy disk, PCMCIA, and so forth.  These involve plugging some sort of media into the machine temporarily to transfer the code.  Newer machines can connect to your WiFi or…

Adding New Materials to G-Wizard Calculator

Jun 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
BlastFurnace

There’s a minor release out, 2.49, that I’ve just uploaded.  It primarily concerns adding some new materials:
–  AR400 and AR500 abrasion resistant steel plate.  Use this for buckets on excavators or it is also popular for making firearms targets.
–  Hastelloy X:  One of those solid green unobtanium super alloys.  It’s a nickel alloy…

What’s the Difference Between CADCAM Wizards and the Feeds and Speeds Calculator?

Jun 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
GWCFeedsSpeeds

Recently a user of G-Wizard Calculator asked to understand better the difference between Calculator’s CADCAM Wizards and its Feeds and Speeds Calculator.  It’s a fair question as they look totally different and the CADCAM Wizards are so unique nobody will have had experience with anything like them before they tried G-Wizard.
Let’s start with the…

Estimating Cycle Times With Machine Acceleration: New G-Wizard Editor Feature

Jun 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Software  //  2 Comments
BlurredEndmill

An important concept that pops up from time to time is a CNC machine’s ability to accelerate.  Acceleration is often the real limiting factor to the machine’s motion, more so than absolute rapids speeds, for example.  In many real world g-code programs, the cutter may never get up to the commanded speed in some of…

Desktop CNC Trends: From Cobbled Together to 3D Printers

Jun 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  3 Comments
WidgitMinRouter

The pace of innovation for Desktop CNC has really been flying.  First, 3D Printers rode the massive wave of hype and innovation.  Expect to see the same with Desktop CNC Routers before too long, and that evolution is what we’re here to talk about today.
Let’s start by defining the term “Desktop CNC Router” also…

Customer Uses G-Wizard Estimator for Space Age Pet Food Bowl

May 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
RocketThermo1

It seems an unlikely combination, but when you’re an entrepreneur, anything is possible.  Luke Colby’s company, Rocket Thermodynamix, makes parts for rockets.  I’m talking about full-on beautifully machined aerospace quality components.  Here is a typical example:

A pyrotechnic actuated poppet valve…
Yeah, I don’t know what you’d use one of these for either.  Maybe Luke…

Try the New Tool Crib Wizard

May 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
CribWizBtn

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 2.45.  Release 2.45 fixes a couple of bugs to do with error messages and adds the new Crib Wizard to the Tool Crib page. The Crib Wizard is capable of automatically generating Tool Crib entries for endmills or twist drills in standard sizes. In addition, Tool Cribs now have…

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  //  2 Comments
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…

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