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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…

A Bargain From Autodesk I Couldn’t Resist

Nov 6, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Products, Software  //  6 Comments

I need another CAD program like a hole in the head.  Currently I use Rhino3D and SolidWorks, and I’m very happy with them.  Rhino3D is my goto program for quick and dirty one-offs and weird shapes like rifle stocks.  SolidWorks is the lingua franca of the CNC world and the goto when I want to…

Introducing G-Wizard University: Video Training for G-Wizard Software

Oct 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

We’re embarking on a new program to make training for our software fully available as short easily digested YouTube videos.  The plan is to do one or two new videos each week until we’ve covered our products top to bottom.  The first video is up and is an introduction and basic walk through of G-Wizard…

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users

Oct 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.56 for PC and Mac users.  There are a couple of nice goodies in this release that have been widely requested by the user base:
Manual Recalculation for CADCAM Wizards
Folks on machines that are a little slower have never really liked the automatic recalculation for CADCAM Wizards.  It…

Help Your Tooling Survive Deep Slot Router Jobs

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  1 Comment

I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life.   He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible.  He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…

The Secrets of CAM for Beginners

Sep 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Products, Software, Techniques  //  9 Comments

Do you find CAM as frustrating and mystifying as I once did?
I remember when I first started messing around with CAM.  It was before I got my CNC mill up and running and a little while after I had gotten reasonably proficient with CAD.  I got hold of some free trials and couldn’t believe…

Installing G-Wizard Software on a New Machine

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Software  //  No Comments

Periodically, everyone upgrades their PC’s, whether for opportunity (there’s a more powerful one available!) or necessity (my hard disk crashed!).  When that time comes, you face the task of reinstalling all your software.
To help make this process easier, I do a couple of things for my own PC’s.  First is I keep a log…

6 Ways G-Wizard Editor Can Save You Time and Money With G-Code

Sep 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, GCode, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

CNCCookbook’s G-Wizard Editor is a full-featured g-code editor and simulator with loads of features.  But I want to call particular attention to these 6 Power Features because they have the potential for the biggest savings of time and therefore money when you’re dealing with g-code:
–  Hints and Information Tabs:  GWE will give you tons…

The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 2

Sep 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, Software  //  2 Comments

This is part 2 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series.
Computers and design are a big part of Tony Stark’s Workshop.  Of course Tony has the robotic artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. to help him get things done, or perhaps mostly to clean up the shop and serve as a comic foil to Stark’s genius.  …

Making G-Wizard Software Updates Faster and Simpler

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

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

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

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

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

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…




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