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Conversational CNC Parting Wizard Available in Latest G-Wizard Editor

May 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Another week has passed so it’s time to roll out another Conversational CNC Wizard for G-Wizard Editor.
This week we’ve added a Parting Wizard.  Parting is something many lathe programs have to do to cut the part off the piece of bar stock it started with.  It’s a very simple operation, but we’ve added some…

4 Premium Coolant Systems and How to Calculate Their Feeds and Speeds in G-Wizard

May 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Coolant, in many ways, is the lifeblood of CNC, although paradoxically, it’s “Coolant” properties are it’s least valuable component for many of the Coolant options that are available.  This article surveys the different Coolant options, talks a bit about their pros and cons, and shows how to set them up in G-Wizard Calculator so your…

Conversational CNC Grooving Wizard for Lathes in GWE v2.02

May 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

G-Wizard Editor‘s clock has turned over the 2.0 mark.  There’ve been a lot of changes and improvements made to it and the product is still growing very rapidly.  The current focus has been on adding a new Conversational CNC Wizard every week, although we added a new FADAL post as well recently.
This week’s addition…

Preliminary FADAL Post for G-Wizard Editor Now Available in GWE v1.98

Apr 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve just uploaded the latest version of our G-Wizard Editor Software.  The main new thing is that it includes a new FADAL post.
FADAL’s were extremely popular entry-level VMC’s in their day and there are still tons of them out there.  The FADAL controllers had 2 g-code dialects, and this new post is for their…

Do You Know All the Different Kinds of Digital Tooling?

Digital Tooling–that’s my catchphrase for CAD, CAM, CNC Control Software, Feeds and Speeds Calculators, G-Code Editor/Simulators, and all the rest of the CNC Software that’s out there.  We’ve had a page up for a long time that is intended to walk folks through all the different kinds of CNC Software so they know what’s available…

Conversational CNC Drilling Wizard with Deep Hole Cycles Added to GWE v1.93

Apr 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

The next installment of our Conversational CNC Wizards is available with G-Wizard Editor version 1.93.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD drawing or running a CAM program.  For all those times when you would turn to a manual machine instead of a CNC because the…

New Conversational CNC Lathe OD Turning Wizard Available in G-Wizard Editor v1.90

Apr 13, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I promised 1 new Conversational CNC Wizard a week and I’m slightly ahead of schedule with the OD Turning Wizard.  I’ve just uploaded GWE v1.90 (click the link to get your copy), which has the new OD Turning Wizard.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD…

Lathe Conversational CNC Kicked Off in G-Wizard Editor version v1.88

Apr 8, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Conversational CNC is a very popular feature among G-Wizard Editor users, but what is Conversational CNC?
Simply put, it is the ability to quickly and easily generate g-code by answering a series of questions rather than by producing a CAD drawing and then applying CAM software to it.  Conversational CNC is not really a replacement…

Top 4 Reasons to Use a GCode Editor

Mar 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

We recently surveyed G-Wizard Editor customers to see what they were doing with the software.  Here’s what they came back with:

The survey provides a good cross section of uses.  Customers could choose all of the choices that applied to them, and clearly a lot of folks were doing multiple things with the Editor.  Let’s…

Connecting Your Tormach to the Network

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

A Tormach in the Clouds?
Until very recently, Tormach strongly discouraged connecting their CNC machines to the network.  That’s all changed with the introduction of the new Tormach Path Pilot CNC Controller.
As Tormach says in their recent article:
Prior to PathPilot, our technical team strongly discouraged any networking of Tormach machine controllers. Background network…

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Users

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

Here’s a rundown on what’s new lately in G-Wizard Calculator and Editor’s latest versions:
G-Wizard Calculator
Release 2.77 adds A513 Low Carbon Steel.  If we’re missing a material you’re interested in, just drop us an email.  We can frequently add it fairly quickly just like we recently did for A513 and before that for the…

14 Cloud Software Myths Debunked for Manufacturing Software

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  24 Comments

There have been people worrying about and bashing the Cloud since the very beginnings of the Cloud.  Despite that, Cloud has been with us for a very long time, and it’s done nothing but get inexorably bigger.  It has gotten into more application categories than ever, and every one it gets into, it’s market…

Keep Eyes Peeled for OnShape: The Next Generation in CAD Software

Mar 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  49 Comments

Nope, it’s not a SolidWorks rendering, it’s onShape…
Today, SolidWorks is pretty much the reigning King of CAD software for the CNC world.  We certainly confirmed that with our CAD survey:

Solidworks dominates the Pro category…
But what would happen if you could assemble most of the founding team that originally built SolidWorks?  What if…

Try Out Our New G-Wizard Editor Usability Features

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

I recently did a survey of folks who tried our 30-day Free G-Wizard Editor Trial, but that didn’t wind up buying.  Obviously I’d like to know what the main factors were that prevented their purchase.  I really expected to see a bunch of reponses that boiled down to, “Nice product but I don’t need a…

Cobalt Chrome Feeds and Speeds + Material Selection in G-Wizard

Mar 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

The latest version of G-Wizard Calculator, v2.75, adds Cobalt Chrome to our list of Materials.
“What is Cobalt Chrome?” you might ask.  Why it’s just what the Dr ordered, almost literally.  CoCr is the common abbreviation.  There are several alloys available such as ASTM F75 or F799.  CoCr is extremely resistant to temperature, corrosion, and…


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