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Converting G-Code from Inches to Metric and Vice Versa

Jun 13, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Need to convert a g-code program from inches to Metric or vice versa?   It’s not hard if you know how and especially if you have a tool that knows how to do it automatically like our G-Wizard G-Code Editor.   What is hard is expecting G20 and G21 to do it for you–that’s not what those…

New G-Code Course Chapter Added on G04, G60, and G61

Jun 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

I just added a new chapter to our g-code course that covers G04 Dwell, G60 Single Direction Motion, and G61 Exact Stop Mode.   These are all special-purpose g-codes that are indispensible when you need them, but that aren’t used terribly often.
Typical uses include:
–  Chip breaking with G04
–  Avoidance of backlash for more…

More Feeds and Speeds Help On the Way

Jun 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
deep end

One thing you notice pretty quickly if you write the software and handle all the customer support the way I do is what people have questions about.  They often fall into broad categories.  I had been meaning to re-organize the emails you get when you subscribe to the free 30-day trial of our G-Wizard Calculator…

Results of Our 2013 CAD Survey

May 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  13 Comments
CAD Software Market Share

The results are in and we had not quite 400 take the survey.  Thanks to all who participated!

This chart gives us the overall CAD market share for all products.  SolidWorks was #1 by a wide margin, followed by Alibre, AutoCAD, Rhino3D, and Autodesk Inventor.
Pro Category

The “Pro” category packages are more expensive…

Chamfering Feeds and Speeds with G-Wizard Calculator

May 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  1 Comment
chamfer tools

Lately I’ve had several questions about how to set up GW Calculator for Chamfering.  There’s two ways to go–you could set things up as a 90 degree V-Bit or you could set it up as a tapered endmill.  Unless you’re using a V-Bit (i.e. a cutter with no real flutes), I recommend the latter.  You…

Brother Can You Spare A Little 4th Axis G-Code?

May 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

One thing that can really move G-Wizard Editor ahead is access to new g-code.
Let me explain.
Recently, I had about 3 people send me some really complex Fanuc macros.  Very cool stuff.  By working through some of the problems they were having, the g-code simulator got a lot better for everyone.  The thing is,…

Nesting Software from Sigma Tek to An Introduction

May 21, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  2 Comments
Nesting Software

Have you heard of Nesting Software?  It’s one more piece of the CNC Software puzzle, but an important one in terms of minimizing material waste, particularly for large flat pieces of material such as you would put on a CNC Router, CNC Laser Cutter, CNC Plasma Table, or CNC WaterJet.
They say a picture is…

Take the CNCCookbook 2013 CAD Package Survey

May 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

We love to do surveys at CNCCookbook, and our readers clearly love them if their page statistics are any indication.  The last survey we did was on CAM packages and was particularly popular.  This time around, we want to survey which CAD packages are most popular.
Let us know what you’re using:
Click here to…

MeshCam is Here By Itself

May 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

Not that it has to be by itself, mind you–MeshCam is the Belle of the Easy-To-Use CAM Ball.  It’s just that I’ve gotten so many notes from people as our sale is ending asking to buy it separately rather than in conjunction with one of the G-Wizards that I finally felt compelled to add it…

G-Wizard’s Conversational Pocketing Wizard

May 13, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
Conversational CNC Pocketing Wizard

Conversational CNC is a way to generate g-code programs without having to go through the whole CAD/CAM process.  It’s designed to make simple things simple, while reserving the complicated things for CAD/CAM.  By streamlining the process of creating simple g-code, it becomes a lot easier to use a CNC Machine for quick one-off tasks–the sort…

15% Off Sale: Help Us Grow to 20,000 Users

May 6, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  2 Comments

Okay, I just got done going over our database and we just crossed 19,000 folks who have used our software.  Amazing!
Thank you for all your support.  But, this just makes we want to see how fast we can get over 20,000.   Nothing I’ve ever tried gets the juices flowing like a sale, and it’s…

3D Printing 101: Part 4: Software

May 1, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Software  //  1 Comment

This week I’ll discuss the 3D Printing software tool chain. For the most part, I’ll focus on commonly used Open Source software that runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux operating systems.
3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics
3D Printing 101: Part 2: Mechanics
3D Printing 101: Part 2a: Delta Robot Mechanics

Help Finding Stuff Like the Install Pages and Our Deal Pages

Apr 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  No Comments

I just updated the Software Home Page to make it easier for folks to find some key things on CNCCookbook.  If you scroll down the page you’ll see two new entries:
–  A MeshCam page link.  MeshCam is a super easy to use 3D CAM package by Robert Grzesek that we resell with some special…

Several Customer-Driven Updates to G-Wizard Editor This Week

Apr 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  2 Comments

We made several inline releases without much fanfare this week to respond to various customer’s feedback.  If you want the full details, you can always check the Change Log.  Suffice it to say there’s a lot of good fit and finish work being done based on what folks report when they use GWE.  We really…

Machining a Titanium AR-15 Lower Receiver on a Hobby Mill

Apr 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments

We featured Kingjamez’ video on making an aluminum AR-15 lower receiver on a small hobby mill (Sieg X3) quite a while back.  He used our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds successfully, and I was tickled to get a note from him recently about his use of G-Wizard for this project:
Just wanted to write and say…




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