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How to upload dxf from Turbocad into Mach 3
« on: May 01, 2020, 05:49:37 PM »
Absolute newby to this.
Taking my first steps towards conversion of a manual knee mill to cnc.
I have used turbocad for 28 years and dont feel like learning or buying another cad program at this stage.
So i need export a dxf from turbocad into mach3
First attempts have failed.
Any help out there?
Thanks
Re: How to upload dxf from Turbocad into Mach 3
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2020, 12:23:15 AM »
Hi,
you can't directly import a .dxf file into Mach, or in fact any CNC software solution.

Mach consumes Gcode which is a sequence of movement instructions. The program that converts a design,
say a .dxf file, to Gcode is called CAM, Computer Aided Manufacture, and that file is
further post-processed by a what has been shortend to ' a post' to adapt it to a particular machine Gcode dialect.

May I suggest that you download a free copy of Fusion 360. You should be able to import a .dxf file into Fusion rather than doing
the CAD directly in Fusion and thereafter Fusion should produce a toolpath as represented by Gcode which can in turn
be consumed by Mach.

Craig
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