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  1. I'm pleased to announce the (pre)release of "Cnc Code Maker", a small, simple and FREE 2D CAD/CAM software. It's made with a user-friendly way to be easy to use and understand. It's not as powerful as commercial CAD/CAM programs, but used as a tool when manually creating CNC programs it will be very handy.



    It is at the moment in beta stage and the website is somewhat rough.

    Read more about it here: http://www.cncsimple.com

  2. Congrats on the new release and all the best for the future developments. What flavour does it come in? Winbimbos or the proper platform Linux?
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

  3. Windoze unfortunatly, but if people nag hard enough I could probably give a shot at trying tpo port it. It is after all written in Delphi, and should be possible to compile it in Kylix (never tried it )

  4. If you can build a Deb package that would be great, i will have a go at running it in Vitualbox on XP (linux looking after little windows :-)).
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

  5. Just to let you now it all installed fine on XP SP3 on Virtualbox and all worked straight out the box. Took a couple of minutes to realise th need to use the CTRL key for drawing but first impression looks very good. Well done:clap:
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

  6. Thank you for the feedback, that's good to hear. :)

    Yes, I really need to write a short "quick-start" guide... I'v got a small video recorded (Xvid) here, that just shows the general flow:
    http://www.cncsimple.com/videos/demo1.avi

    Right-clicking will bring up the value input box (if a value needs to be entered), holding control will let ju sketch points.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to CncCodeMaker For This Useful Post:


  8. For you're record

    I'm running Ubuntu 9.10
    Kernal 2.6.31-19
    Duel Core Celeron
    1GB Ram

    Virtualbox 3.0.8_OSE r53138 (On this Windows XP SP3) - Config is 1 Proc, 10GB disk, 12MB graphics (3D acceleration disabled), 192MB Ram
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

  9. There's been a few updates of the program and I've made a few videos that I've dumped on youtube.

  10. Just an update. The software has evolved somewhat in the last 2 weeks.

    Cnc Code Maker now got a User-defined cycle, which can be adjusted (through the post-processor) to work with built-in cycles in the controls. (for example G71, G72 etc in Fanuc Lathes). There's an experimental post-processor supplied.
    There's also a (currently only Milling) contour cycle operation, with automatic entry/exit.

    Here's a link to a few YouTube videos: Videos

    This is the fix-list(s) from the last two weeks:

    Code:
    * Entry/Exit revamped
    * Added a Parameter box for the Entry/Exit 
    * Fixed the mouse pointer jump on Mouse-wheel zoom in.
    * Fixed messages for dimension
    * Added some missing icons to the menu
    * Added the modified menu (not done)
    * Fixed a misspelled XML entry.
    * Fixed a bug where it would soft-crash if the file were missing on open.
    * Major rewrite of tool-path generation/handling. 
    * Added "NC operations"
    * Added "New operation" button, for manual Operations
    * Added "Contour operation" with depth-cuts, automatic entry/exit and automatic Machine cutter compensation.
    * Fixed a bug in Manual Entry
    * Added stuff in the post-processor.
    * Added depth output on tool-path drawing
    * Added Layers
    * Added confirmation on tool-path clear
    * Added Eob in the Post-processor engine ([MACHINE] - EOB )
    * Now the NC text box scrolls to the bottom when new tool-paths are added.
    * Redesigned Layers (Hold Control and click to make active)
    * Fixed missing associations when hovering center-point and mid-point
    * Fixed the circular bug in NC Auto-route
    * Added Offset contour (yet limited, no arc support). See the example here: http://www.cncsimple.com/forum/index.php?topic=5.msg68#msg68
    * Fixed the icon and text for the function move between layers
    * Fixed a bug where the Save menu, icon always asked for a filename.
    * Fixed a bug where the Free block didn't immediately appear in code window
    * Remade Auto-route tool-path to use the new chain select function. It's not 100% working as intended yet (the chain select).
    * Fixed some various stuff in the post-processor engine.
    * Changed some incorrect text in the Contour operation, and offset contour.
    * Fix a bug where the hovered lines/arc didn't highlight when chain-selecting.
    * Added Custom cycle operation.
    * Added a bunch new variables in the postprocessor
    * Added [USERCYCLE] + more in the postprocessor
    * Added User defined messages for the Custom Cycle operation in the postprocessor
    * Remade the Condition check in the post-processor (Was "? VALUE>1, n, Do Stuff", is "IF VALUE > 1 THEN n, Do stuff")
    * Added the user cycle to the file format (Load/save)
    * Added an experimental Fanuc 0T Lathe post (New post-stuff in it, check it out if interested)
    * Added experimental incremental coordinates (iX, iY, iZ)
    * Added a bunch of missing variables comparing in the post-processor engine
    * Added a bunch of missing variables updates in the post-processor engine
    * Fixed a selection bug
    * Added a tolerance in the chain-select function
    * Fixed some DXF Layer errors (still need to overhaul the DXF layers)
    * Fixed Trim 2 Lines to work as intended (line -arc, arc-arc still bugged)
    * Fixed the issue that made Auto-route to spit out doubles.
    * Fixed the issue that made Contour Operation  to spit out doubles.
    * Fixed the issue that made Custom cycle to spit out doubles.
    * Fixed some missing stuff and typos in the Iso mill posts processors.
    * Added file associations in the setup program.
    * Remove the automatic new operation when you make a Custom cycle (allows you to do entry/exits w/o issues)
    * Fixed a bug that the I, J, K & R values weren't assigned their correct value in the custom cycle (in post-processor engine)
    * Fixed a forgotten coordinate in the end block of the custom cycle. It shouldn't really matter, but it looked bad graphics-wise. Save files could still display it the wrong way.
    + more
    If you still haven't tried it out yet, give it a shoot. It's free. :)

    The first release is getting closer.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by CncCodeMaker View Post
    Windoze unfortunatly, but if people nag hard enough I could probably give a shot at trying tpo port it. It is after all written in Delphi, and should be possible to compile it in Kylix (never tried it )
    Works spot on in wine 1.36 to 1.41 on Mandriva no probs!

    But a native version would be nice!


    Pete

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