STL, STEP or IGES Interface in EMC

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27 Oct 2010 13:46 #4900 by Midnightwolf
Hi,

I'm a new CNC & EMC user, but I'm realy interrested in.

As of the moment I'm using a 3D CAD system without an CAM- module. So I'm searching for a EMC Interface for STL, STEP or IGES data formats. Like the image-to-gcode filter function. Or is it possible to use HeeksCNC, too.

Thx a lot!!

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27 Oct 2010 13:58 #4903 by BigJohnT
Over on the EMC wiki site is some info on CAM.

wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/emcinfo.pl?List_Of_CAM_References

John

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27 Oct 2010 16:24 #4906 by Midnightwolf
Hi John,

thx a lot for your reply.

But on wiki I can't find any solution which will help in my situation. It isn't possible to get such a "free" tool. :( If I can't find a free tool for EMC or Linux I will try to use CUT3D for windows. :dry:

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27 Oct 2010 17:08 #4909 by BigJohnT
There are a few open source CAM tools for linux, but nothing that is robust. Seems like I gave the the wrong link...

wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/emcinfo.pl?Cam

John

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27 Oct 2010 17:33 #4910 by Midnightwolf
Hey John,

also thx...

there is one realy good tool. PyCAM... It works great!!

Best regards from Germany

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28 Oct 2010 11:57 #4926 by Mike_Eitel
Hi ?? ( midnightwolf )

I don't know HeekCNC , but as I'm searching for a friend, I digged a bit into it.

Seems to be nice, free, existing for Linux and Windows.
I did not understand if you need the pure CAD plus CAM as CNC looks like beeing the complete version.

Going into wiki I saw that you can autput to two versions of EMC..

I would like to hear of your expirience with those programs, as my friend is an mecanics g-code used pensioner, but not a hacker.

P.S.
I'm using Solid Edge and Mastercam, so will not dig into Heeks ...

Mike

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28 Oct 2010 13:08 #4929 by Dan Falck
Replied by Dan Falck on topic STL, STEP or IGES Interface in EMC
Yes, HeeksCAD should be able to deal with STL files for you too. I haven't played with STL to gcode generation in a while, but I think it's still working with HeeksCAD:

code.google.com/p/heekscad/

HeeksCNC is a plugin for HeeksCAD. Opencamlib is used for the solid model machining in HeeksCNC.

code.google.com/p/heekscnc/
code.google.com/p/opencamlib/

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28 Oct 2010 13:50 #4930 by Midnightwolf
Hi Mike,

I had a look into HeekCNC.

But I think it is a little bit strange to use. Normaly I'm using "CoCreate modeling". But I don't have an CAM converter in CoCreate. On the other hand I don't have any experience in GCODE writing. So I'm searching for a tool which will help to convert my drawings.

All of my drawings are finished in the used tool now, so it will be difficult to use a new tool. Also as I saw the CUT3D & PyCAM is working very well.

My opinion was to asking for an "filter interface" in EMC, like the "image-to-gcode". That will be a good solution for everybody as I think.

Thx
Benjamin

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28 Oct 2010 13:56 #4932 by BigJohnT
A CAM program does much more than just filter a dxf file into g code. You need to select tools, feeds, speeds, coolant and other options as well as pick the geometry that you want to cut and what you want to with the cut like inside and outside and how deep and what DOC you want etc etc.

John

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28 Oct 2010 14:00 #4933 by Midnightwolf
yes, I know... You are right!!

So the CUT3D Software will be a very good solution as I think. Because in that case you can configure all of that things.

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