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21 Oct 2022 04:17 #254646 by Boatssun
My name is David.

I just got a Genmitsu 3018-PRO. I have very little idea what to do.
Will someone tell me where in linuxcnc or on the internet where I can get starting instructions.

Side question, can I use my desktop or should I get a dedicated laptop?

Thank you for your help.

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21 Oct 2022 08:03 #254651 by arvidb
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Starting instructions for what? What do you want to do?

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21 Oct 2022 08:10 #254652 by HansU
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I can only point you to the documentation: linuxcnc.org/docs/html/
As your machine has stepper motors I would suggest just start with linuxcnc.org/docs/html/config/stepconf.html

I would suggest using a desktop PC instead of a laptop. The power saving functions and shared memory of a laptop might not lead to the best performance and latency.
A desktop PC you also can expand easily with PCI/PCIe cards.
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21 Oct 2022 12:32 #254671 by andypugh
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I just got a Genmitsu 3018-PRO. I have very little idea what to do.
Will someone tell me where in linuxcnc or on the internet where I can get starting instructions.
 

I think that this is supplied with a GRBL controller pre-installed? I don't think that you need LinuxCNC. 
(LinuxCNC is a CNC controller, not a way to drive other controllers from Linux) 
 

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22 Oct 2022 13:47 #254756 by Boatssun
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I am looking for instructions about turning a picture into a 2D or 3D carving.
I want to learn CAD/CAM program.

I am running Linux Mint.

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22 Oct 2022 14:55 #254757 by arvidb
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Well, there is a CAD/CAM subforum here so maybe you can get specific help with turning a picture into G-code for a carving there.

But LinuxCNC is an alternative to GRBL, so for instructions on how to control your machine, you are probably on the wrong forum. For figuring out what computer and OS you need to communicate with a GRBL controller you might want to turn somewhere else.
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22 Oct 2022 16:52 #254773 by tommylight
LinuxCNC has "image 2 gcode" included for doing 3d carving from 2d pictures.
Personally, i use dmap2gcode it is free, also.
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23 Oct 2022 05:26 #254826 by Boatssun
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Last question. How do I close this thread?

Thank you for your help and guidance.
David

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23 Oct 2022 10:30 #254842 by arvidb
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I don't think there's any way to close a thread; also there's no need.

Good luck on your CNC adventures! (And if you want to convert your machine to LinuxCNC in the future, you are of course welcome back. :))
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