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Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Manual, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

NYCCNC has a great video out showing off the Conversational CNC capabilities of the Tormach Lathe and it’s Path Pilot controller:

Take a few minutes and let John from NYCCNC show you how easy it is to make a part with Conversational CNC.  He’s able to go through a series of steps including Turning, Facing,…

Using Work Offsets in G-Wizard Editor (New Features)

Feb 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Work Offsets are an incredibly useful feature in G-Code.  They let you run the same g-code at different places on your machine.  So for example, you have g-code for a part but you want to lay 6 parts out on a 3 x 2 grid.  Assign a work offset to the part zero of each…

Turning and Lathe Feeds and Speeds With G-Wizard

Feb 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Just posted a new video in our G-Wizard University series.  The G-Wizard University is a set of short videos focused on specific features.  The idea is to make it easy to quickly delve into a good tutorial on how to use whatever feature you’re interested in for our G-Wizard Software.
The quickest way to find…

What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Do you have hourly billing rate figures for all of your CNC Machines?  It’s handy to know what you need to be able to bill out a machine at to pay for the cost of having it sitting on your Shop Floor.  G-Wizard Estimator includes a super simple Machine Hourly Rate Calculator that makes it…

How Can I Calibrate the GW Editor Run Time Estimates for My Machine?

Jan 27, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

Each machine requires a little different calibration.  In G-Wizard Editor, you have the following adjustments available:
Max Rapids
How fast can your machine rapid?  This is the value GW Editor will use (acceleration adjusted) in its estimates.
Spindle 0-max rpm time
How fast does your spindle change speeds?  GW Editor factors in a time based…

Spindle Power Curves in G-Wizard Calculator

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I just uploaded a new video to the G-Wizard Calculator University pages that explains Spindle Power Curves:

Spindle Power Curves let you compensate for changes in your CNC machine’s spindle output at various rpms and they can also downrate the power on small machines to compensate for their lack of rigidity.…

Results of our 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  30 Comments

The results are in for this year’s CAD survey.  We got over 300 responses as I write this.  They’re still coming in briskly so, we’ll probably get many more, but I wanted to go ahead and do the analysis and get the numbers up.
Just like our 2013 CAD Survey results, we’ve divided things into…

Take the CNCCookbook 2015 CAD Survey

Jan 11, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

We love to do surveys at CNCCookbook, and our readers clearly love them if their page statistics are any indication.  Our most popular surveys are on CAD and CAM usage, and we do these on alternate years.  This year we want to survey which CAD packages are most popular, so et us know what you’re…

10 Features Pros Have that Hobby CNC Controllers Dont

Dec 16, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Products, Software  //  21 Comments

Hobby CNC Controllers have gotten to where they’re quite powerful.  I recently saw an article on a single chip CNC controller–no need for a PC, just add a few outboard parts and it drives the stepper motors, provides an LCD screen UI, and quite a lot more.  Amazing stuff, and it’s only going to keep…

Announcing CNCCookbook’s 2014 Holiday Sale!

Dec 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

20% Off Holiday Sale
The end of the year is near, it’s the Holiday Season, and we always like to do our biggest sale of the year at this time.  So, until the end of the year, you’ll get 20% off on any purchase of $100 or more. No coupons or special gimmicks are necessary.  …

The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Another Shoe in the CADCAM Consolidation Game Drops: Cimatron + GibbsCAM

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Software  //  3 Comments

The CADCAM Consolidation Game continues as 3DSystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron Systems for $97M.  Cimatron includes both the Cimatron CAD system and GibbsCAM.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.  Both company’s boards have approved the transaction, but regulatory and shareholder approval are…

What is a CNC Simulator? Plus: 5 Reasons to Use One

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  3 Comments

I just put the first two installments in place to launch our G-Wizard University for G-Wizard Editor.  One is a quick walkthrough of GW Editor and the second is entitled, “What is a CNC Simulator?”  If you’re not really sure what a CNC Simulator is, what’s it’s for, or why you’d want to use one,…

Fusion 360: Promising Power, Uneven Usability

Nov 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  27 Comments

I wanted to get back quickly with a mini-review of Fusion 360 since there is this special offer that will expire sometime soon.  I took advantage of the offer, and I was happy to see it clarified that the offer of subscription to the low-end version for $300 a year will get you their “Ultimate”…

Secrets of Going From CAD, Image, DXF, or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, GCode, Products, Software, Techniques  //  8 Comments

When you’re starting out with CNC or 3D Printing, the first thing you’ll want to get your arms around is creating some sort of model, drawing, or representation of your part.  Most of the time this is a function of a CAD program, but not always.  You may also need to start from images, vector…

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