12 Oct '13, 8am

CNC Software Toolchain Using Only Open Source Software

CNC Software Toolchain Using Only Open Source Software

The first step of the process is obviously designing the part you want to make using a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) application. [Mario] suggests Heeks or Freecad for which you can find plenty of tutorials on YouTube. The next step consists in converting the part you just designed to machine tool paths using a Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) application. Fortunately, Heeks can do both so it may be the best option for beginners. [Mario] also mentions the pcb2gcode application, which allows you to manufacture printed circuit boards at home for the prototypes you may want to produce. Finally, the well known Linux EMC2 software is used to control the CNC machine using the GCode that the CAM software produced.

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/10/12/cnc-software-toolchain-usi...

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