View Poll Results: Mach3 vs LinuxCNC/EMC What do you use and why?
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Linux is free software but more importantly its a very stable system in my experience compared to windows. There is also loads of open source (free) engineering ect packages available to download. I started on MS DOS 1.0 and have used every variation since. Ubuntu is loads better than any of the MS stuff I have toiled under!!!
I must of gotten a bum copy of both windows 98, and XP. Both used to hang and crash on a regular basis. I would have to have to reload either package every few months just to keep my machine working. I put Ubuntu on the very same machine and it has been working flawlessly for several years now...
Pray tell us where you can get a reasonably price DECENT CAD / CAM package that's native to linux please ?John S -
Just found this link in my bookmarks. Looks decent, but haven't tried it yet. OpenSCAD - The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller
And of course there's this list of the good, the bad and the ugly: http://wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?Cam
Last edited by birchy; 17-02-2013 at 03:55 PM.
John if you want pro then Siemens NX8 if you want to pay for or free then Medusa4
Free CAD software program for Linux and Windows: MEDUSA4 PersonalIf the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:
Cad seems to be covered, think Draftsight does linux but CAM is the bug bear.
forget Heekscad unless you have days and weeks to waste.John S -
Sheetcam has a linux disto.Art
AKA Country Bubba
(Older than Dirt)
I run the linux cambam version which works for meIf the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:
for 2d i use a mix of Librecad and draftsightIf the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:
My answer to the title question is Mach3 on XP, because that's what the guy I bought the mill from was using and he gave me a copy of the Mach3 config file.
As a complete newbie to Cad/Cam/CNC it didn't ocurr to me to look for something different, if I ever hit a problem where Mach3 doesn't offer a solution I'll investigate alternatives.
The Cad/Cam I'm using is BobCad/Cam V25, 4-Axis Standard with BobArt Standard, I can't fault BobCad's training material and support, in addition to forum and email support Al produced a video tutorial showing how best to approach a 4-axis job that was giving me particular problems,
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