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cstrang

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11-20-2009 01:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc software

I am currently enrolled in a Wood Manufacturing/Cabinetmaking program at Holland College and for our big year end project a friend and I are thinking about building our own CNC, we both are capable of manufacturing the moving pieces and my friend used to be in IT and is good with the computer programming aspect of the project. We are wondering what is a good CAD program that is compatible with a 3-Axis CNC machine, also we are looking for a program that is rather cheep as we are both students, it would be even better if it was free! Any feedback would be great about the software or about the building process for any folks out there that have done this sort of thing before.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.


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GFYS

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 01:56 AM

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 02:02 AM

Check this out. http://www.ecabinetsystems.com/

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Dalehurst

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 02:17 AM

Chris

Currently waiting for my account details to come to by email for cnczone:)

Bruce

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Alonso

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 02:26 AM

I work on a machine shop, and this is some of the software that we use a lot

Mastercam

Cimatron

and of course, in my personal opinion the most powerful cnc/cad/cam software until today

Catia

I don’t think that any of them will be cheap, but they can give you lot of information that perhaps you may need

Also check

Solidworks

Alonso

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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Dalehurst

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#5 posted 11-20-2009 02:51 AM

Chris

Check your HC email Please

Thank You

Bruce

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greg

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#6 posted 11-20-2009 03:46 AM

i bought my plans for my machine from solsylva.com. you can also get free plans and all the support from a to z for free from mechmate .com

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cstrang

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#7 posted 11-20-2009 04:03 AM

Alanso, I have used Solidworks and Mastercam before, two great programs but a bit outside my budget, I wish I could afford them lol
Greg, what software are you using?

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 04:11 AM

There are ton’s of free CAD programs available that’ll work just fine. Depending on the type of work you want to do, of course. For most people, the majority of work can be done with a simple 2D drawing. This is typically saved as a .dxf file, and converted to g-code with a cam program.

A few free CAD programs are DoubleCAD, A9CAD, ProgeCAD Smart, and Solidedge 2D.

There are also some free CAM and conversion programs available as well. G Simple, CamBam, ACE Converter.

You can control the machine with EMC running on Linux, also free.

I’m a moderator at CNC Zone, and have built my own CNC, so feel free to ask any questions.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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cstrang

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 04:13 AM

Gerry, Thanks alot for that load of info, I will check all of them out and I will no doubt take you up on your offer to ask some questions lol.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#10 posted 11-20-2009 05:37 AM

AutoCAD and most of their related applications for special deals for students. If I remember correctly they have me a free license when I was taking a course.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR, www.TravelbyPaul.com

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 04:31 PM

Paul, I currently have AutoCAD 2010 on my coputer with a 13 month license but the problem with this is that I am going to have the CNC after the 13 months is up and Idon’t want to shell out the cash for a full license, if only I had the money lol.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#12 posted 11-20-2009 06:22 PM

I also use AutoCAD, and I wrote an AutoCAD macro that exports the g-code directly from within AutoCAD. If you’re interested I can post a link to download it.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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#13 posted 11-20-2009 06:43 PM

Gerry, I took a look at that free software you posted above, lots of great stuff, thanks alot. While I have a license for AutoCAD I would love to have the G-code software you wrote, a link would be great.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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Ger21

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#14 posted 11-21-2009 01:44 AM

Here’s the link. http://tinyurl.com/yglfz3e There’s a basic manual, but send me a message if you need help.

I don’t have 2010, but I don’t think it has VBA support built in. You may need to download and install VBA support from Autodesk. Not sure if this link will work in Canada, but here’s where you get it in the US. http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=12715668&linkID=9240618

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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#15 posted 11-22-2009 03:32 AM

Hi Chris and Folks

Posted a few emails Chris to your HC account. Too others on this forum, I am the the other student, the one with the IT experience as Chris stated at the beginning of this thread, my name on lumber jocks is Dalehurst and my name name is Bruce Brown. Thank You to all that have replied to Chris’s question.

This evening I was checking out some CNC router plans at http://solsylva.com. I wonder if anyone has heard of this outfit? The plans they sell look promising but again Chris and I are just starting to research this project.

Thank You

Bruce

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