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Making G-Wizard Software Updates Faster and Simpler

Sep 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  No Comments
NewImproved

Upgrading software is a fact of life.  Most of the time its a good thing–bugs get fixed and features get added.  At CNCCookbook, we try to keep everyone pretty up to date on the available releases for G-Wizard Calculator and G-Wizard Editor.  Most of the time, if a bug is discovered that escaped our testing,…

Results of Our Setup Sheet Survey

Sep 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
SetupSheetPages

As part of our post, “The Art of the Setup Sheet”, we ran a survey to see how shops were approaching their Setup Sheets.  Here are the results:
How Are Your Setup Sheets Delivered?
– 87% print them on paper
– 33% make them available on computer or tablet
Frankly, I was surprised and impressed…

Who is Afraid of Tool Deflection?

Sep 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
MillDeflect

Well, if you’re not afraid of tool deflection, you should be.  Here are 7 things to know about it:
1. Tool Deflection is bad for Tool Life
Tool Deflection is bad for Tool Life in several ways:
–  It’s actually forcing the tool to bend.  Like a paperclip, if you bend it back and forth…

The Art of the Setup Sheet

Aug 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments
OnePageSetupSheet

Setup Sheets are an important part of everyday life in most machine shops.  They tell the operator how to set up the machine for a job.  Most Setup Sheets are intentionally kept simple, so they’re easy to create and easy to use.  For example, here’s a one page Setup Sheet that’s been done in Excel:…

6 Essential Information Resources for CNC Beginners

Aug 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
CNCStarterKit

I get a lot of notes from beginners with very basic questions, and many of the questions boil down to needing to understand the jargon of CNC or needing to understanding how the pieces fit together.  The vast majority of others need to get to the next level of detail and it’s not far out…

What is Good Teamwork Worth?

Aug 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments
ShopFloorTeam_retouched_test01

What is good teamwork worth to Shop Productivity?  We think it’s everything and we’re working on a new product called G-Wizard ShopFloor that’s totally focused on teamwork in the Shop.
There’ll be a lot more to talk about as it unfolds, but for now, I want to leave you with some brief description and a…

Trochoidal Milling Feeds and Speeds

Aug 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  7 Comments
TrochoidalMilling

I had a customer ask me how to calculate Feeds and Speeds for Trochoidal Milling with G-Wizard Calculator the other day.  G-Wizard is a perfect tool for finding these Feeds and Speeds, but first, what is Trochoidal Milling?
Trochoidal Milling is a High Speed Machining (HSM) technique that moves the tool in a shape called…

Results of Our DNC Survey

Jul 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
DNCSurvey

Every CNC machine user needs a way to get g-code programs onto their machines.  Our recent DNC Survey was aimed at understanding how people are going about doing this.  Here are the results:
Use DNC:  59%
Use Memory Cards, Direct Network Connection, or Other:  41%
This is not surprising.  DNC is going to be more…

4 Ways Geometry Affects Machining and What to Do About It: Infographic

Jul 25, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment
Rubbing, Chip Thinning, Tool Engagement, and HSM all have geometry consequences.

Geometry has a profound effect on your cutter’s health and well-being, not to mention your surface finish and material removal rates.  Here is an Infographic that walks through 4 ways geometry can affect your machining along with what you can do about it in each case:…

Does Your Shop Use DNC Software to Move G-Code Around?

Jul 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments
RS-232Cable

How does your shop go about getting g-code part programs on to the various CNC machines on your shop floor?
There’s the old stand bys–usb key, floppy disk, PCMCIA, and so forth.  These involve plugging some sort of media into the machine temporarily to transfer the code.  Newer machines can connect to your WiFi or…

Adding New Materials to G-Wizard Calculator

Jun 28, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
BlastFurnace

There’s a minor release out, 2.49, that I’ve just uploaded.  It primarily concerns adding some new materials:
–  AR400 and AR500 abrasion resistant steel plate.  Use this for buckets on excavators or it is also popular for making firearms targets.
–  Hastelloy X:  One of those solid green unobtanium super alloys.  It’s a nickel alloy…

What’s the Difference Between CADCAM Wizards and the Feeds and Speeds Calculator?

Jun 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
GWCFeedsSpeeds

Recently a user of G-Wizard Calculator asked to understand better the difference between Calculator’s CADCAM Wizards and its Feeds and Speeds Calculator.  It’s a fair question as they look totally different and the CADCAM Wizards are so unique nobody will have had experience with anything like them before they tried G-Wizard.
Let’s start with the…

Estimating Cycle Times With Machine Acceleration: New G-Wizard Editor Feature

Jun 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Manufacturing, Software  //  2 Comments
BlurredEndmill

An important concept that pops up from time to time is a CNC machine’s ability to accelerate.  Acceleration is often the real limiting factor to the machine’s motion, more so than absolute rapids speeds, for example.  In many real world g-code programs, the cutter may never get up to the commanded speed in some of…

Desktop CNC Trends: From Cobbled Together to 3D Printers

Jun 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  3 Comments
WidgitMinRouter

The pace of innovation for Desktop CNC has really been flying.  First, 3D Printers rode the massive wave of hype and innovation.  Expect to see the same with Desktop CNC Routers before too long, and that evolution is what we’re here to talk about today.
Let’s start by defining the term “Desktop CNC Router” also…

Customer Uses G-Wizard Estimator for Space Age Pet Food Bowl

May 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  2 Comments
RocketThermo1

It seems an unlikely combination, but when you’re an entrepreneur, anything is possible.  Luke Colby’s company, Rocket Thermodynamix, makes parts for rockets.  I’m talking about full-on beautifully machined aerospace quality components.  Here is a typical example:

A pyrotechnic actuated poppet valve…
Yeah, I don’t know what you’d use one of these for either.  Maybe Luke…

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