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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
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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
new-n-improved-in-a-can

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
HoleProbe

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!
Overall

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 MyNesting.com: 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
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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…

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