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Can I design in CAD and convert to gcode on Windows then use EMC2 (LinuxCNC) to control the CNC with files made in XP?

Let's clarify. I want to design my parts for a CNC machine in a free CAD program on Windows, then convert them to G-Code on Windows with free CAM. Then I want to take that G-Code file from Windows to a separate computer with Ubuntu on it to use as the control computer. The Ubuntu PC will have EMC2 on it, and will be connected to the 3 axis CNC machine through the Parallel Port. I just can't seem to find any free control software that is good and recommended by others for XP, only Ubuntu. Is this possible or is there a great free XP control software that I'm missing? Thanks in advance.

dpsilver4 years ago
well the guy that made turbocnc is working on a port for windows so check out his site ps its in beta mode but available for download and it has a limited 100 lines of g code
here is the link
http://www.dakeng.com/turbocnc5.html 
dpsilver4 years ago
well the guy that made turbocnc is working on a port for windows so check out his site ps its in beta mode but available for download and it has a limited 100 lines of g code
here is the link
http://www.dakeng.com/turbocnc5.html 
murray4844 years ago
Mach3 and KCAM are really popular.  There is a free trial of Mach3 (limited to 2000 lines of code).  Another good free one is TURBOCNC.  It runs in DOS, but you can easily create a DOS startup disk.  Also, it is very easy to transfer GCode files from computer to computer using a flash drive.

Hope this helps
ssmeier4 years ago
Here is a group of people designing RC Airplanes in SketchUp, converting the drawings via a plugin to G-code, then using EMC (or Mach3) to CNC the parts.
There are detailed instructions on how to run EMC from a bootable Linux CD.

http://www.phlatforum.com/
-Steve
andypugh4 years ago
Yes. This should be no trouble at all. G-Code is a plain-text format and is entirely portable between platforms. The only potential problem might be if XP fails to save the file in a truly plain text format, eg with Unicode or invisible formatting codes. This is unlikely to be an issue, and there are utilities on both platforms to clean up the files if needed.
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