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Instant Registration Comes to G-Wizard Editor

Sep 28, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments
stop-watch

I just uploaded release 0.655 of our GW Editor software.  Lots of neat stuff in this release, but my favorite is “instant registration”.  It’s not quite instant, but it beats the heck out of the hours long delays our current registration system has.  I was able to get registered as fast as I could type and confirm the email link.  We need to thoroughly test it, so we started it out on GW Editor.  Assuming all goes well, we’ll add it for GW Calculator when we do our next release there.… Read the rest

Our New Customer Portal Lets You Vote On New Features for G-Wizard

Sep 24, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments
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I really love the way the Customer Portal is shaping up in terms of allowing the G-Wizard user community to help decide what features we’ll add next.  The feature voting section of the portal is easy to use.  Everyone who signs up is given 10 votes.  You can either use your votes on existing choices or you can use a vote to suggest a new feature.  You can change your mind, and you can vote for a feature more than once if you like.  But, when your 10 votes are used up, you have to wait for a feature to be decided.  … Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor Simulator: Now With Native Graphics Card Support

Sep 21, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
ShuttleFalseColor

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m really excited to report that I just uploaded GWE version 0.650 with Native Graphics Card support.  The benefit of that is dramatically better performance from the backplot.
Given that this is a major release, I really cranked up the version number from the last release, going from 0.570 to 0.650.  Backplot in this release is now taking advantage of your graphics card, whereas before it was doing all the heavy lifting for the graphics with the cpu. That means this release is dramatically faster, especially on larger 3D files.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor v0.570 Released with Lathe G90, G92, and G94 Cycles + Mapper

Sep 13, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Release 0.570 is a feature release:
- The Post tab under Settings has a new tab called “Mapper”. Basically, “Mapper” does a search and replace at the last minute before the code is executed. This makes it easy to remap g-codes since different controls have them under different numbers as well as many other things, such as Fanuc A/B/C style lathe g-codes (coming soon!). Here is the Mapper in action changing G90/92/94 to G290/292/294:

If the replacement occurs, the Hint will be added to the Hints for the line where the replacement happened.… Read the rest

Using G-Wizard Editor to Add M-Codes to Lock and Unlock a 4th Axis

Sep 12, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  2 Comments
4thAxisMonitorRevision

Suppose you’ve got a 4th axis that incorporates a disc brake or other mechanism to lock the axis during machining:

One of Steve Simpson’s 4th Axis units set up with an air-activated disc brake…
Cutting on a 4th axis can apply considerable torque if you get too far off-axis and so a brake makes the whole thing a lot more rigid.
Further, let’s suppose you’ve configured some custom m-codes to lock and unlock the axis.  It’s be nice to have some automatic way of adding those codes to existing g-code programs whenever the A-axis moves.… Read the rest

GWE Now Does G12/G13 Circular Pockets and Haas Controller Profiles

Sep 10, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
new_and_improved

Release 0.560 is a neat little feature release:
- Supports Haas-style G12 and G13 circular pocketing.
- Supports M41/42/43 lathe transmission gear change codes.
- Added G08: Advanced Preview Control.
- Added canned profiles for Haas mill and lathe.
About the only thing we don’t do yet for Haas are the complex lathe canned cycles and the G150 general purpose pocket milling.  The pre-defined controller profiles should make it a lot easier to get started in GWE for Haas users.
I wanted to take a moment to talk a bit about how to use the pre-defined controller profiles.  … Read the rest

Introducing Our New Customer Portal + Help Prioritize Product Features

Sep 8, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments
customer portal

I’m really excited to announce that CNCCookbook has a new Customer Portal:

The new CNCCookbook Customer Portal:  User it for Customer Service, Suggestions, or to get Answers…
I’ve added links to most of our web pages down on the footer menus, below the “About” section.  They’ll be added to the blog pages here shortly as well, and a link appears on our Software home page near the Troubleshooting page link.
What’s a Customer Portal?
Great question, I’m glad you asked.  Basically, it’s there to improve our Customer Service and to solicit your feedback on what we should do next.  … Read the rest

GWizard Calculator Version 1.660 Was Just Released

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

Release 1.660 is a minor feature and bug fixing release. Changes include:
- Added a “Generic CNC Router” machine type for new users. It’s only accessible for a new install. Should help new CNC Router users to come up to speed faster.
- Added a new Hint that warns when chipload falls to less than 20% of Mfg’s Recommended (or G-Wizard’s Recommended) chipload. Chiploads this low can lead to rubbing.

- The Tool Tip for Hints (popup when you hover mouse over it) now shows all the Hints messages. It’s possible for there to be too many to display in the 1 line Hint area and we’ve gotten to a point where GW has a lot of Hints to offer.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor is Helping Folks Move Ahead

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

I got a great note recently from a G-Wizard Editor Beta Tester:
Thank you for your software.
Its helping us verify our programs before cutting.
Since our so called expert programmer has left us high and dry I am using your software to do some simple operations.
I am totally new to the cnc programming world and even I could churn out simple jobs on our HMC.
Since the guys upstairs in our company won’t pay for a CAM software I am using your software.
I’m starting to see more of this lately–folks who need help to be able to learn, modify, or write g-code are successful with G-Wizard Editor.  … Read the rest

New G-Wizard Editor Release v0.550 Is Out: Smoother Simulation, Centroid Support, and Macro-Defined G-Codes

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
new model year

Yeah, okay, that picture of the two guys in a Messerschmidt car popped up when I Googled “Longer, Lower, Wider” in search of a good illustration to go with the release of a new model.  I liked it, so it stuck.
Meanwhile, GWE release 0.550 is out, and there’s some pretty tasty stuff there:
- Added canned profiles for Centroid controls. They’re very similar to Fanuc with the addition of the M25 command and Centroid’s ‘:’ for rest of line comments.
- The Centroid M25 command is programmed with a new facility that allows g- and m-codes to be mapped to macros.… Read the rest

7 Software Excuses for Bad Surface Finishes

Aug 28, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
chordal tolerance

Most of the time, machinist’s focus on the hardware aspects when they think about surface finish:
-  Do I have the right feeds and speeds?
-  Is my setup and machine rigid enough?
-  Is there too much runout on the spindle?
This is definitely the right place to start, but it’s not the end of the story.  A great many factors affecting surface finish are tied up in the CAD/CAM software used to create the part program.  For example, the part in the photo on the right exhibits a faceted surface finish.  … Read the rest

GWE v0.511 Adds Automatic Chamfer and Corner Rounding

Aug 19, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Release 0.511 is a minor feature release. It consists of finishing up the automatic corner chamfer and corner rounding for lathes. Here is a typical example with both a chamfer and a corner round:

There are two new Post variables that can be used to enable or disable chamfer and corner round: Lathe.AllowLatheChamfer and Lathe.AllowLatheCornerRounding.
To install the new version, just use the installer on the GWE Install page.   If you’re not registered as a G-Wizard Editor Beta Tester, please register, it’s free!
For more on G01 automatic chamfer and corner rounding, see the new chapter in our g-code course.… Read the rest

GWCC: Happily Interpolating Holes with CNC Conversational Programming!

Aug 14, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded GWE v0.505 last night.  If you’re a registered beta tester, you can install it from this page, if you need to register start here.
This release is mostly about updates to our new G-Wizard CNC Conversational Programming product.  I mentioned it briefly as a sneak preview in an earlier blog post, but now I want to talk about it a little more in-depth.
What is CNC Conversational Programming and Why Would You Want Some?

Here’s our spokes-machinist from the GW Conversational CNC page…
CNC Conversational Programming is an approach to creating g-code that doesn’t require CAM software.  … Read the rest

Just Uploaded G-Wizard Calculator Version 1.651

Aug 6, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
ChromeInstaller

Release 1.651 is a bug fixing release with a minor feature:
- Rewrote the Geometry applets so you don’t have to clear every entry each time to try a new value. Instead, whenever a value is changed, the override padlock comes on like in Feeds and Speeds. You can change to your hearts content. To clear the override, just click the padlock.
- Fixed several user reported bugs including one where the geometry menu wouldn’t clear when tool type was changed.
I am also seeing a few problems with the installer and the latest version of Google Chrome.  … Read the rest

CNC Control Market Shares: What Are the Most Popular Controls?

Aug 2, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  14 Comments
pro vs hobby cnc controls

As of this morning, we have 200 responses to our CNC Control Survey.  While we’re picking up some new controls here and there, the percentages haven’t materially changed much from the first 100 responses, so it is time to summarize the results.
Pro vs Hobby Controls
The hobby controls narrowly edged out professional controls by a margin of 8%:

Hobby Control Market Share
First up is a breakdown between the two big gorillas, Mach3 and LinuxCNC, versus everything else:

 I suspect most Mach3 users wouldn’t have guessed LinuxCNC was as big as it is.  … Read the rest

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