I’m preparing a set of guides to help beginners come up to speed quickly on tooling and workholding for the various CNC machines. We already had two nice articles along those lines:
I just completed a substantial rework and updating of the Guide to Lathe Workholding, so if you’ve never taken a gander at it, this is a good time to have a look.
One of the things it does is to organize lathe workholding into a matrix that compares each technique on the basis of Precision, Repeatability, and Convenience. I always find having a framework of some kind to organize a bunch of concepts can really make it easier to learn and use the concepts.
There’s also a basic description of each of the workholding techniques and some other useful information like a 2-part Haas video series on the right way to make and use Soft Jaws.
Future articles will include:
– CNC Mill Cutter Types
– CNC Router Workholding
If you have suggestions for some other very basic guides you’d like to see us do, let me know.
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Bob is responsible for the development and implementation of the popular G-Wizard CNC Software. Bob is also the founder of CNCCookbook, the largest CNC-related blog on the Internet.
So when will you update G-wizard to provide convenient late calculations?. I know you can do it by specifying single cutter, etc, in the existing format, but it isn’t intuitive or convenient. I suspect many don’t even know they can do that.
I know, lathe calculations by-and-large are much easier than mill calculations, but I read way too much on forums from folks just “winging it”, and not understanding why carbide is delivering horrible finishes at 0.002 ipr, 0.010″ doc, 300 rpm in steel…
Maybe having a “LATHE TAB” would get some of the users starting from realistic cut numbers.
Tim, G-Wizard has done lathe tooling for a while now. The Tool menu and other prompts changed when you select a lathe for the machine instead of a mill.
thanks, I will check it out.