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cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:58:15 PM »
is there any reasonable price software that is design to take dxf, ai type of file and it can control the mach4 directly thur the usb? I want to make the setup from file to cut as simple as possible.
or any free one that can do a simple job nice and quick?

any review page to compare those on machsupport page suggestion?
http://www.machsupport.com/software/mach-3-add-ons-for-mill/
thanks.

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Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 04:15:24 PM »
You want to skip the creation of gcode and just have the controller automatically do the machining from the dxf file?

Is that what you truly are meaning?

RICH

Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 04:32:48 PM »
since I have use software like enroute3 before and it can directly control the router, the who idea is to setup the machine
we get the file from adobe illustrator, either save as ai or dxf file
import to the cad software to make sure all the tool pick, offset, bridge, cut depth, number of pass, group etc is right and send to cut.
what do you recommend?
thanks.
Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2017, 08:20:19 PM »
Try CamBam, forty sessions for free before you buy, $149 after. I have two copies, we use it with Mach 3 and a Servo 5000 both installed right on the machine.
Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2017, 08:39:32 PM »
Hi,
from artwork to Mach4 without any intervening steps...try the CNCfairy, last I heard he was flatting with the
Easter Bunny smoking a lot of weed and bonking all the girls!

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!

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Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2017, 01:22:23 AM »
Hi,
from artwork to Mach4 without any intervening steps...try the CNCfairy, last I heard he was flatting with the
Easter Bunny smoking a lot of weed and bonking all the girls!

Craig

 ;D ;D ;D

Tweakie.
PEACE
Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 02:40:36 AM »
Hi All,
apologies to OP, I just couldn't pass it up!

Jokes aside I think OP is being just a bit hopeful, there is usually a lot of work that goes in between artwork and a Gcode job ready to cut. I have experimented
with the Art features of Mastercam and is very good. Takes quite some work, its not automatic. Of course Mastercam with all the bells and whistles is over
$20k and 2.5k annually, hardly hobbyist material, shame, it is good.

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!

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Re: cad/cam software that link with mach4 on USB to control
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 06:44:15 AM »
There are wizards that can be used for simple jobs which eliminate the need for CAD / CAM but they
are more task oriented than general application. All software is similar in that a user defines how something should be machined. You will just need to try different ones and decide what satisfies what you are doing and the interface.

RICH