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Mach Discussion => General Mach Discussion => Topic started by: moxy on May 03, 2008, 04:26:56 PM

Title: gcode
Post by: moxy on May 03, 2008, 04:26:56 PM
Hi all, I'm using Eagle pcb to design (guess what!) pcbs and would dearly like to know how to convert my hard work into a gcode file. Any help will be much appreciated.
Many thanks
Les
Title: Re: gcode
Post by: Hood on May 03, 2008, 04:51:51 PM
Can you save the files as DXF, if so then maybe you can use LazyCAM to produce the code.
Hood
Title: Re: gcode
Post by: Sam on May 03, 2008, 08:06:18 PM
Eagle has cam functionality. How functional it really is I do not know.
Title: Re: gcode
Post by: moxy on May 04, 2008, 04:22:34 AM
Hi All, Thanks for the replies. I persevered with eagle and found that you can run a program called mill-outlines.ulp which does the job. It can then be saved as filename.plt. I still have to play about with it further to see what final results I get.
Many thanks
Les
Title: Re: gcode
Post by: moxy on May 07, 2008, 02:34:23 AM
Hi Guys, further surfing on the net has found a free download which does the job perfectly. Search for PCB-GCODE and you will get to the site. it creates code for both sides of the board and a drill file.
many thanks
Les
Title: Re: gcode
Post by: Hood on May 07, 2008, 05:30:35 AM
Thanks for posting Les, hopefully it will help others if they need such a programme.
Hood
Title: Re: gcode
Post by: Dazza on May 08, 2008, 06:47:47 PM
There is an add-on four Eagle that will output a DXF file of your PCB design, it was developed by enthusiasts and is freely available or at least was freely available, I think I downloaded the add-on from Eagles web site quite some time ago seemed to work just fine, although I didn't have a mill to actually make a PCB.

Darren.