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Coming Soon: Major Feeds and Speeds Innovation

Aug 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  3 Comments
Mad scientist at work...

Our G-Wizard Calculator is the market leading Feeds and Speeds calculator and also the most innovative.  But, I recently came up with an idea that I think will totally turn things on their head–a major new innovation.  It will make Feeds and Speeds radically easier for the Beginner, and radically more efficient for the Pro.  …

28 Feeds and Speeds Features to Try in G-Wizard Calculator

Aug 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
material database

Nobody ever uses all the features in a piece of software, not even the power users.  People use what they need, what they’re used to, and what they understand.  As soon as the tool solves the problems readily at hand, most people stop looking for more functions.  They assume the next time they have a…

Creating Custom Posts for New Controllers in G-Wizard Editor

Jul 31, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I just added a bunch of new documentation on how to create custom posts for new controllers to the G-Wizard Editor documentation.  See the Custom Posts page for full details.  It takes you through how to add, delete, and remap g- and m-codes as well as how to create a macro that simulates a new…

What Do The Top Shops Do That Makes Them Special?

Jul 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments

MMSOnline does a feature every year where they survey a bunch of machine shops for Best Practices and then declare the leaders to be “Top Shops.”  There’s a lot to be learned from their data, but I find the voluminous tables of response statistics to be a painfully slow way to consume the information.  Invariably…

Optimizing Tool Stickout From the Tool Holder

Jul 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
end mill rigidity calculator

What’s the optimal length of stickout for a tool from the tool holder?  Whatever it happens to be?  Whatever was the least stickout you could get by with and avoid having the toolholder hit the workpiece?  Is there some other strategy to optimize stickout?
Tool Stickout is an important topic because it governs a lot…

What’s the Best Cut Depth and Cut Width for Tool Life When Pocketing?

Jul 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments

Wait!  There’s an even better approach!
For the latest article on this topic and some new tools in G-Wizard to help solve the problem, please check out our new article and videos on Calculating Cut Depth and Cut Width.
Original Post:
I got a note from a G-Wizard Calculator user recently wondering about the…

7 Things You May Not Have Realized our G-Wizard CNC Software Will Do

Jul 11, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

We recently completed a survey of what features people wanted to see added to our G-Wizard Editor g-code editor and simulator.  The top 2 were better backplot navigation (already delivered via the new navigation toolbar atop the backplot) and 4th axis support.  There were lots more options on the survey, but we’ll keep those cards…

5 Steps to Evaluating VMC Performance With G-Wizard

Jul 9, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

So you’ve decided to acquire a new VMC for your shop, either as an upgrade to an existing machine, as a replacement, or perhaps this will be your shop’s first VMC.  Congratulations, and my condolences.  Condolences because you’re facing a bewildering array of data that you’ll have to wade through to make the best decision…

Fourth of July Firecracker CNC Software Sale

Jul 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments

I remember the Fourth of July fondly in from my childhood.  We used to shoot off all sorts of fireworks, including the old Black Cat fire crackers.  In honor of this special patriotic holiday, CNCCookbook would like to announce our very own Fourth of July “Firecracker” CNC Software Sale.
Just enter coupon code “BLACKCAT” in…

G-Wizard Editor Gets New Backplot Navigation Toolbar

Jun 26, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

I want to thank everyone that participated in our recent GW Editor Feature Survey.  We had well over 200 of you contribute answers and the picture you painted was very clear:
The #1 most requested feature was 4th Axis Support, and the #2 most requested feature was improved Backplot Navigation.
I’m happy to report that…

Help Us Decide What Features to Add to GW Editor Next

Jun 24, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  2 Comments

Been working hard on a lot of customer feedback for G-Wizard Editor.  It’s time to take a step or two back and decide what major feature to tackle next.  We’ll keep going on the small refinements, but we also need to slide a big feature in fairly frequently.  This is your chance to help us…

New GW Editor Post for Roland CNC Mills

Jun 21, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
Roland mdx40

The latest release of G-Wizard Editor (install page) now includes a post for the Roland series of benchtop CNC mills.  I hear from a lot of folks who have these little mills and use them for desktop prototyping or jewelry making.
The Roland MDX-40A and MDX-540 are typical examples:

These little machines use a g-code…

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…


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