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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? Answered

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.

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dpsilver

8 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 

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dpsilver

8 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 

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murray484

8 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

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ssmeier

9 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