just stumbled upon this thread and thought maybe I could share some typical thoughts...
I own a gecko 540 driven cnc Taig with a trunnion table, and one of these handy Shuttle Pro wheels.
A while ago I also tried out LinuxCNC (which is still installed parallel) but I got first stuck with installing this Shuttle Pro and secondly if you want to run a trunnion table you need to code some kinematic stuff, which both would be quite a problem. So I ended up using Mach3 again.
But if anybody could point me a link to a working trunnion table kinematic file, I really would appreciate it.
....and I think this is pretty typical...used to windows for so many years, you mostly just have to install some drivers, and its done.
just my thoughts
Pros: Familiar, DIY Standard.
Cons: Doesn't support some obscure machines/extras.
Cost: Windows >£50, Mach3 >£50
What you have to lose if you want to switch to the alternative: A few hours of your time, >£100.
Last edited by Lee Roberts; 24-05-2012 at 06:34 PM. Reason: Removed unnecessary comments
The Following User Says Thank You to Jonathan For This Useful Post:
Sorry, over the years I have worked closely with Art and I am still doing so on three different fronts, one is Gearotic which I can mention, the other two are still under wraps. We speak most weeks and I have nothing but complete respect for this guy and what he has done for the CNC comunity virtually single handed. He has made CNC affordable and workable for many people who would not have had this opertunity any other way.
LinuxCNC isn't exactly on everyones lips, in fact the vast majority involved in CNC have never heard of it.
Because of support I know know exactly how many Sieg machines have been sold and to what countries. It's an impressive number given that Russia has installed one in virtually every school not to mention all the other countries. All running on Mach with little or no support given that windows is the most popular program out there and someone somewhere will sort windows problems out.
This also doesn't cover home builds which has got to be in the tens of thousands and the clones like Novacon, How Mau and Syil that were all copied from Sieg in the early days.
Why isn't Linux CNC up there with these numbers?
Last edited by Lee Roberts; 24-05-2012 at 06:34 PM. Reason: Removed unnecessary commentsJohn S -
When has Mach ever been marketed?
In the time I've been looking at CNC, I can not remember any marketing for it. All I remember is it being recommended by lots of people, and it being the accepted standard, as until fairly recently, nothing else came close in terms of flexibility/ease of use/price.
You've got to remember that until a few years ago, linux itself needed a fair bit of knowlodge to get a somewhat easy to use setup.
Anyway with the mention of Russia and to get slightly back on track with the OP's thread.!
I've been intouch with Alexey of Purelogic in Russia about trying there Ethernet controller and also there drives and I'm going to be having some sent shortly.
So when I have them and given it a good thrashing I'll post my findings and based on my 3+yrs of actually using the USB SS I'll give a honest report of how it compares for the few hundred thousand Mach users that are still left or interested.??
I wasn't saying he is lying:If you'd ever been to a Russian school, and knew for example that they were literally all built the same, and had numbers instead of names, you'd understand how ridiculous it would be for them to have CNC machines. It would be the equivalent of having an multi million pound NMR machine in a school chemistry lab. A few select private schools maybe (and good for them), most schools, certainly not.
So the trip over to Russia to sort out support with the Russian guys was a figment of my imagination ?John S -
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