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Last Few Days Left For Our 2013 Labor Day Sale

Sep 4, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  No Comments
Mad scientist at work...

Labor Day has passed and there’s only a few days left for our 2013 Labor Day Sale–it ends Sunday, September 8.  Just 2 business days after today plus the weekend.
There are lots of great deals available as most products are at least 15% off.  Here are some of our most popular deals:
–  Lifetime…

CADCAM Wizard Update Adds Features + Broader Access for Trial and GW Lite Users

Sep 2, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
CADCAM2DProfile

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 1.961, which is largely an update to CADCAM Wizard.  You can download it from the G-Wizard Calculator Install Page.  All reported problems from the Alpha Test were fixed and I have added several new features.  In addition, the Alpha version only allowed current paying customers to access it whereas…

CADCAM Wizard Uploaded for Alpha Test

Aug 29, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
beta

As promised, the new CADCAM Wizard is now uploaded in version 1.95 of G-Wizard Calculator and is available for Early Test.  Click the link for the article that introduces the feature for more information on what it is and how to use it.  I will be publishing a tutorial video and documentation page before too…

Introducing Next Generation Feeds and Speeds with CADCAM Wizard

Aug 27, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  6 Comments
FeedsAndSpeedsv195

I’ve been teasing a bit about the “Next Big Thing” for G-Wizard Calculator, and it’s time to take the covers off so you can see what we’ve been working on.  We call it CADCAM Wizard, and it’s purpose is to radically simplify calculation of feeds and speeds while at the same time giving much more…

Best Roughing Strategies by Material

Aug 25, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  5 Comments
pocket roughing strategies

Advancements in Astronomy have largely followed steady increases in telescope power, culminating in telescopes in space like the Hubble.  Similarly, advancements in physics have tended to follow the race to build bigger and bigger particle accelerators.
It helps to have more powerful instruments, regardless of what science you are probing.  And the same applies to…

New Features in G-Wizard Editor Version 1.25

Aug 13, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

While most of the software development focus is currently on a major G-Wizard Calculator revision, I did get a new version of G-Wizard Editor together that has some nice additions.
Release 1.25 is a minor release that adds:
– Panning is now scaled to the zoom level of the backplot so it is much smoother…

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  //  2 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
SetupPostGMCodes

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
winner

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
CutDepthWidth1

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
VMCSimulations

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…

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