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New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator and Editor Users

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, GCode, Products, Software  //  3 Comments

Here’s a rundown on what’s new lately in G-Wizard Calculator and Editor’s latest versions:
G-Wizard Calculator
Release 2.77 adds A513 Low Carbon Steel.  If we’re missing a material you’re interested in, just drop us an email.  We can frequently add it fairly quickly just like we recently did for A513 and before that for the…

14 Cloud Software Myths Debunked for Manufacturing Software

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Software  //  24 Comments

Introduction
There have been people worrying about and bashing the Cloud since the very beginnings of the Cloud.  Despite that, Cloud has been with us for a very long time, and it’s done nothing but get inexorably bigger.  It has gotten into more application categories than ever, and every one it gets into, it’s market…

Keep Eyes Peeled for OnShape: The Next Generation in CAD Software

Mar 6, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Products, Software  //  49 Comments

Nope, it’s not a SolidWorks rendering, it’s onShape…
Today, SolidWorks is pretty much the reigning King of CAD software for the CNC world.  We certainly confirmed that with our CAD survey:

Solidworks dominates the Pro category…
But what would happen if you could assemble most of the founding team that originally built SolidWorks?  What if…

Try Out Our New G-Wizard Editor Usability Features

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, GCode, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

I recently did a survey of folks who tried our 30-day Free G-Wizard Editor Trial, but that didn’t wind up buying.  Obviously I’d like to know what the main factors were that prevented their purchase.  I really expected to see a bunch of reponses that boiled down to, “Nice product but I don’t need a…

Cobalt Chrome Feeds and Speeds + Material Selection in G-Wizard

Mar 2, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

The latest version of G-Wizard Calculator, v2.75, adds Cobalt Chrome to our list of Materials.
“What is Cobalt Chrome?” you might ask.  Why it’s just what the Dr ordered, almost literally.  CoCr is the common abbreviation.  There are several alloys available such as ASTM F75 or F799.  CoCr is extremely resistant to temperature, corrosion, and…

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.  …

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