cad/cam for cnc router & lathe
vre wrote: Meshcam & sheetcam output compatible code for linuxcnc?
Yes. And both work under Linux too. (using Wine in the case of MeshCAM)
CamBam runs natively on Linux: www.cambam.info/ref/ref.linux
None of the above are Open Source as far as I know.
Have used it for years, stably, in Linux, using Wine (both 32- and 64-bit versions; you have to make sure the Linux WINEDIR_PREFIX variable is set correctly, whatever its correct name is, before launching the latter).
Meshcam also permits customization of, or brand-new, configuration files (the .CON files in the \POSTS\ directory). Meshcam reads in a 3D model file (or a 2D black-and-white drawing for which it will interpret relative brightness as depth), and generate G-code in the "flavor" of whatever post-processor you select (to match the machine to run it).
What CAM can produce things like parting, profiles, drilling, and threading on the lathe? We use Autodesk Inventor Professional which does not include HSM for lathes. I own a license of CamBam, but as far as I can tell it does not have much lathe capability shy of 'follow the curve' and compensate for tip radius but not tool direction.
Has anyone have any luck with Fusion 360 CAM for lathe work? Is it free for use?
My current guess is I will be writing a lot of threading/facing/parting commands by hand.
Yes, in fact I used it last night. I have a postprocessor for LinuxCNC lathe but can't remember where it came from. Nor do I know if the standard LinuxCNC postprocessor now works properly (it is quite likely that it does)
Vitran wrote: Has anyone have any luck with Fusion 360 CAM for lathe work?
It can be, but only for non-profit or startup companies.
Is it free for use?
Vitran wrote: Has anyone have any luck with Fusion 360 CAM for lathe work? Is it free for use?
It's good, haven't used it for Linuxcnc but with Okuma Lathes. It's not as robust as the milling CAM is but it's quite good. In many ways I prefer it over Mastercam.
it is on a Repro for Linux