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G-Wizard Editor v0.731 is Available: Avoid CNC Alarms With Our Simulator

Jan 15, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

I just uploaded G-Wizard Editor version 0.731 and it addresses the most common Beta tester feedback:
– Did a serious overhaul on Zoom Extents and it works much better now.
– Lots of people were reporting that GWE was hanging when they saved Setup. It was very slow, but it wasn’t hanging. Unfortunately, it was hiding the message that would’ve made what was happening a lot clearer. That message now shows up properly.
– Did a bunch of tuning on the simulator playback speed because it was still going way too fast at the slowest settings. It now runs pretty slowly at the lowest settings and will smoothly accelerate to the fastest settings.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor version 0.730 will save you steps

Jan 8, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Editor release 0.730 is a minor feature and usability release that can save you keystrokes or mouse clicks with its new Revision History feature.  It works by listing your most recently used Revisions at the bottom of the Tools Menu:
It also remembers what settings you used the last time with each Revision and keeps them around.  What this means is that your favorite options for Renumbering can be had just by picking the entry from the history list and it’ll do the same thing.
Other changes and enhancements include:
– The “Jmp” buttons now automatically switch the Simulator to Single Block mode if you use one.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor Release 0.729 is Up

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Release 0.729 is a bug fix and usability release:
– Fixed a bug where M99 without an M98 or G65 would hang the program.  Face Palm for me when I saw what caused it!
– Added rounding to a whole bunch of the Hints so they will be cleaner to read with no more than 4 decimal places.
– Added more tune up to what happens when you change the setup to try to make it more clear it hasn’t frozen.
You can download 0.729 here.  If you’re not a registered Beta tester, please join us.  It’s free and very easy to register.… Read the rest

Results from the 2012 CNCCookbook CAM Software Market Share Survey

Dec 22, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  2 Comments
High End CAM Software Market Shares

Well that didn’t take long–thanks all who participated.  We got to not quite 300 responses, which should be a statistically interesting number of participants.  The 2010 results were drawn against about 200 responses.  In just a few days we accumulated what took quite a long while back in 2010 in terms of the number of responses–apparently our audience has grown.
It’s always difficult to know how to group these packages.  You can’t exactly put a higher-end package like Mastercam up against a hobby-class package and get a meaningful comparison.  OTOH, I have made the mistake of suspecting someone was a professional machinist only to discover they were a hobbyist with a big budget (expensive CAM, Mori Seiki CNC Mill and Lathe) when I got to know them a bit better.  … Read the rest

Take the 2012 CNCCookbook CAM Package Survey

Dec 18, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Software  //  No Comments

It seems like just yesterday that we did one of these CAM package surveys, but it has been 2 years.  A lot has changed in that time, so let’s do another:
Click Here to participate in the CNCCookbook 2012 CAM Package Survey
Tell us which packages you use and see what the overall popularity of each one is.  Last time we had over 300 respondents, so this is statistically significant data.
We’ll publish the results next week.  Keeping them secret for now so as not to skew the responses.… Read the rest

More Tool Geometry is Coming to G-Wizard Calculator

Dec 17, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
Endmill Geometry

One thing that’s very important to most CNC Software is it’s model for Tool Geometry.  Without knowing what kind of tool is being used, it’s pretty hard to help improve the results.
Our G-Wizard CNC Calculator software has a richer tool model than any other Feeds and Speeds Calculator there is, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.  The next step up are the tool models used by CAM and CNC Verication programs.  While G-Wizard had bases pretty well covered in terms of tool types, the exact details of tool geometry are more elaborate for these more expensive programs.… Read the rest

A Progress Report on the G-Wizard G-Code Editor Beta Test

Dec 15, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

The summary is we are very very close to releasing Version 1.0 of G-Wizard Editor!
I’ve been running the in-app Beta surveys for about 6 weeks now to gather information from all of our Beta Testers on how well the product is working.  You can see the survey form on the right.  Thanks to everyone that filled in a form, and especially those who have filled in several so I can document the progress the product has made during this time.  If you have been ignoring them, please take the time to give your feedback or drop me an email if you want to provide a lengthier response.… Read the rest

Aluminum Composite Materials for G-Wizard

Nov 18, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Products, Software  //  No Comments

I’ve always liked the look of Aluminum Composite Materials.
Here is a shot of Mxtras beautiful production shop from our Home Shop Hall of Fame. It isn’t really a home shop, but it was so cool I couldn’t resist. One of the neat things about the shop is his extensive use of aluminum composite materials together with welded square tubing to create really neat custom rolling work stations:

Aluminum Composite Panels: Alpolic
The fancy brushed aluminum skins are actually an aluminum composite material made by Mitsubishi and called “Alpolic”. These composite materials consist of thin sheets of aluminum bonded to a plastic core.… Read the rest

How Can G-Wizard Calculator Make Your CNC Business More Efficient?

Nov 17, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

I was recently asked by a potential customer how G-Wizard Calculator could make his small CNC business more efficient.  In the last few weeks, I have received correspondence from G-Wizard users that tell the story of how the product has helped them.  One wrote and flatly said that G-Wizard had saved his firm nearly $25,000 by reducing the time needed to run a particular job.  Another was using G-Wizard to good effect to evaluate trade offs of several different kinds of tooling.  In particular, this is a manufacturer of custom indexable tooling that wanted to understand the potential value of corncob roughers on jobs that had very large amounts of chip thinning due to running small stepovers.  … Read the rest

New Video: G-Wizard Editor Setup Tool

Nov 4, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

Just uploaded a new video that shows how the G-Wizard Editor Setup tool can be used to change units between Metric and Imperial, setup Machine Profiles, and configure for your CNC controller’s g-code dialect:

 GWE has extensive support for different g-code dialects, and lets you create a full “Post” that defines how your controller behaves.  In addition, we have a number of predefined machine profiles and posts that you can use as your starting point.  The video shows how to easily take advantage of all that.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Editor v0.700 adds Coordinate Shifting, Scaling, G-Code Marker on Backplot, and Beta Survey

Oct 28, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments

G-Wizard Editor version 0.700 has just been uploaded to the install page.  BTW, our install pages are listed on our Software page, which can be reached by selecting the “Software” choice from the menu bar at the top of every one of our web pages.
GWE v0.700 is a minor feature release with several useful new things:
– New Translate Revision. Translate allows you to shift or scale all the coordinates in a program or a selection and soon it will also do rotation. The scale function can also convert between metric and inch coordinates.  Here’s what the new Revision looks like:

The Translate Revision is the last major missing editing command from GWE, and when we finish the Rotate portion in the next release, you’ll have a powerful set of commands that let you transform and edit your g-code.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Calculator v1.700 Learns to Print

Oct 25, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments
Printing from GW Calculator

G-Wizard Calculator version 1.700 is just out with two great new features.  First, a long-standing request from our customers that had also scored well on the Customer Portal feature voting:  GW Calculator can now print any page.  Just right click on the page to bring up the Print menu.  Folks had been asking for this so they can capture feeds and speeds, threading info, and a whole host of other things on a printout to take over to the machine:

Print any page in GW Calculator using the right click print menu…
Second, we’ve started redesigning the various pages and applets to use less screen real estate in preparation to creating a version of GWC that runs on tablets.  … Read the rest

New G-Wizard Editor + Simulator Release: v0.689

Oct 18, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Software  //  No Comments
Curious puppy looks underwater

Release 0.689 is a minor feature release with some pretty handy improvements:
– You can click the backplot and the g-code will scroll to the line that ends closest to where you clicked.
– You can now cause the debugger to run to the cursor. With the debugger/simulator paused, just simply click the line you want it to run to. It will popup a message asking you to confirm and then it’ll run to there.
– Canned drilling cycles now tell the coordinates of hole bottom in the Hints.
– There is now an option to enable you to turn on or off the grid components individually: axes, major lines, or minor lines.… Read the rest

G-Wizard Calculator Gets Fits and Tolerances Thanks to the Wisdom of Crowds

Oct 16, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  1 Comment
CNCCookbook customer support

You may have heard the expression, “The Wisdom of Crowds”, or perhaps the popular buzzword, “Crowdsourcing.”  Products and companies that have lots of users have a distinct advantage if they’re willing listen to the Wisdom of Crowds–their Customers–and learn what people want them to do to make the products better.  Here at CNCCookbook, we are fortunate to have had about 15,000 machinists use our software.  Our web site gets well over 1 million visitors a year.  That is a huge base of Wisdom to draw on, and that’s how we wound up adding Fits and Tolerances to the G-Wizard Calculator.  We think it gives us a tremendous competitive advantage to have such a team of Smart Folks like yourselves to guide us!… Read the rest

INFOGRAPHIC: Why You Need a Feeds and Speeds Calculator

Oct 13, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

A question I hear fairly often is, “Why do I need a Feeds and Speeds Calculator, aren’t the manufacturer’s recommendations good enough?  Here is an Infographic that walks through the limitations of Manufacturer’s Recommendations vs Feeds and Speeds Calculators like our own G-Wizard:

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Please share this infographic on social media too!… Read the rest




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