advice for a gcode generator

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03 Nov 2016 21:58 #82396 by sivi1234
Hello to everyone

I have been using a taig mill for a few years but always programing myself the GCode.

I would like to know a set of cad - cam programs I can use to generate the gcode.

I am looking for something simple to use.
what I do most are mechanic parts to make my own machines and tools.
The software must handle 3D shapes and at least tree axis to generate the gcode
if that can generate code for a 4 axis mill that would be the ideal.

if it is free linux based software will be the best option to me otherwise something cheap please.

thanks and any advice is welcomed

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03 Nov 2016 22:01 #82397 by andypugh
It's hard to see past Autodesk Fusion 360 at the moment. Very good CAM. Free for hobby and startup use. Runs on Windows and Mac, but not (natively) under Linux.

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07 Jan 2017 01:39 #85381 by Robotwizard
Can you recommend something besides Fusion360? My shop is in a rural area and only internet available is through cell or satellite... both are expensive and have data usage limits so the cloud thing with autodesk is not an option for me. also, their software won't allow installation on a separate drive and my main drive is small. Too bad as I've heard it's a good program.

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17 Jan 2017 12:52 #85912 by andypugh
CamBam runs on Linux:
www.cambam.info/ref/ref.linux

For 2D / 2.5D you could consider SheetCAM.
www.sheetcam.com/downloads

PyCAM might work for you too. But it is exceptionally slow at 3D cutter paths.
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17 Jan 2017 22:57 #86016 by Robotwizard
Thanks! Have you tried lathe support in Cambam? looks like it's new and still beta according to their site.

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17 Jan 2017 23:42 #86018 by andypugh

Robotwizard wrote: Thanks! Have you tried lathe support in Cambam? looks like it's new and still beta according to their site.


I have used it, but is is a little odd.

Hopefully soon we will have G71 and G72 in LinuxCNC, and then you won't really need lathe CAM as much.
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