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Old 09-10-2011, 10:20 AM #1
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dxf or cad to gcode

Ok so im a draftsman worked on autocad for a good while. I bought a cnc mill/lathe to make my own parts. I know they exist does anyone have a program that they recommend that converts def to gcode... Im slow as he'll writing gcode but know autocad like the back of my hand.
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:23 PM #2
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LAZYCAM in MACH3 will do what your looking for, and MACH3 is the best CNC control software which you'll need to run your CNC equipment anyways

it's also quite affordable and has excellent customer service.

http://www.machsupport.com/

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Old 09-10-2011, 11:46 PM #3
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I use Mach3 as well with no complaints. I have not explored the LazyCam functionality yet, as I just generate the gcode and load that .nc file into the active program in Mach3.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:26 PM #4
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I use mastercam's addition to solidworks, largely because it's what i have for free at school, it works well, but it can be a bit counter intuitive at times. I'd love to try mach3 after reading about it a little
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:04 AM #5
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3rd mach 3 use visual mill for g code or just the wizards in mach. thread milling is a breeze with the wizards only complaint is you cant specify the start angle so you cant make multiple lead threads with it. oh well if i need multi lead i just use VM
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:52 PM #6
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I use gibbscam and featurecam. If you need any help feel free to send me a pm or a email.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:00 PM #7
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I use mastercam's addition to solidworks, largely because it's what i have for free at school, it works well, but it can be a bit counter intuitive at times. I'd love to try mach3 after reading about it a little
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Mastercam, although not the best, will deffinetly get 99% of most work done
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:04 PM #8
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If I had the cash I would get my own copy of PowerMill. My employer uses it and it is very user friendly. It blows MasterCam (they have this also, for WireEDM and engraving) out of the water with a very intuitive human interface. No need to learn another language with it.
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