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Results of our 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  30 Comments

The results are in for this year’s CAD survey.  We got over 300 responses as I write this.  They’re still coming in briskly so, we’ll probably get many more, but I wanted to go ahead and do the analysis and get the numbers up.
Just like our 2013 CAD Survey results, we’ve divided things into…

Take the CNCCookbook 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

We love to do surveys at CNCCookbook, and our readers clearly love them if their page statistics are any indication.  Our most popular surveys are on CAD and CAM usage, and we do these on alternate years.  This year we want to survey which CAD packages are most popular, so et us know what you’re…

10 Features Pros Have that Hobby CNC Controllers Dont

Dec 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Software  //  21 Comments

Hobby CNC Controllers have gotten to where they’re quite powerful.  I recently saw an article on a single chip CNC controller–no need for a PC, just add a few outboard parts and it drives the stepper motors, provides an LCD screen UI, and quite a lot more.  Amazing stuff, and it’s only going to keep…

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 Holiday Sale!

Dec 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

20% Off Holiday Sale
The end of the year is near, it’s the Holiday Season, and we always like to do our biggest sale of the year at this time.  So, until the end of the year, you’ll get 20% off on any purchase of $100 or more. No coupons or special gimmicks are necessary.  …

The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments

The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M.  Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.  Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…

What is a CNC Simulator? Plus: 5 Reasons to Use One

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I just put the first two installments in place to launch our G-Wizard University for G-Wizard Editor.  One is a quick walkthrough of GW Editor and the second is entitled, “What is a CNC Simulator?”  If you’re not really sure what a CNC Simulator is, what’s it’s for, or why you’d want to use one,…

Fusion 360: Promising Power, Uneven Usability

Nov 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  27 Comments

I wanted to get back quickly with a mini-review of Fusion 360 since there is this special offer that will expire sometime soon.  I took advantage of the offer, and I was happy to see it clarified that the offer of subscription to the low-end version for $300 a year will get you their “Ultimate”…

Secrets of Going From CAD, Image, DXF, or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

When you’re starting out with CNC or 3D Printing, the first thing you’ll want to get your arms around is creating some sort of model, drawing, or representation of your part.  Most of the time this is a function of a CAD program, but not always.  You may also need to start from images, vector…

A Bargain From Autodesk I Couldn’t Resist

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I need another CAD program like a hole in the head.  Currently I use Rhino3D and SolidWorks, and I’m very happy with them.  Rhino3D is my goto program for quick and dirty one-offs and weird shapes like rifle stocks.  SolidWorks is the lingua franca of the CNC world and the goto when I want to…

Introducing G-Wizard University: Video Training for G-Wizard Software

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

We’re embarking on a new program to make training for our software fully available as short easily digested YouTube videos.  The plan is to do one or two new videos each week until we’ve covered our products top to bottom.  The first video is up and is an introduction and basic walk through of G-Wizard…

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.56 for PC and Mac users.  There are a couple of nice goodies in this release that have been widely requested by the user base:
Manual Recalculation for CADCAM Wizards
Folks on machines that are a little slower have never really liked the automatic recalculation for CADCAM Wizards.  It…

Help Your Tooling Survive Deep Slot Router Jobs

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life.   He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible.  He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…

The Secrets of CAM for Beginners

Sep 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments

Do you find CAM as frustrating and mystifying as I once did?
I remember when I first started messing around with CAM.  It was before I got my CNC mill up and running and a little while after I had gotten reasonably proficient with CAD.  I got hold of some free trials and couldn’t believe…

Installing G-Wizard Software on a New Machine

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  No Comments

Periodically, everyone upgrades their PC’s, whether for opportunity (there’s a more powerful one available!) or necessity (my hard disk crashed!).  When that time comes, you face the task of reinstalling all your software.
To help make this process easier, I do a couple of things for my own PC’s.  First is I keep a log…

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