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    Hi

    I have got a Chinese 6040 machine with a 4th axis mechanism.

    I'm having difficulty in finding a piece of software to prepare paths to use this, that is affordable.

    I object to paying up to three time the price of the machine for a piece of software I may only use once or twice.

    I see a number of people adding 4th axies to their machines, so I presume that they have software.

    I am looking for suggestions.
    Thanks
    Last edited by Clariongrade; 25-05-2021 at 02:46 PM. Reason: error

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    Deskproto is one option but isn't free. Fusion 360 paid version does 4 axis indexed if that is good enough (that's 360/yr).

    I build my 4th axis just before Fusion pulled their cunning stunt. Took me a while to cool down while my handiwork sat on the shelf but finally I swallowed my pride and coughed up.

    Here's the kind of work you can do with indexed 4th axis:


    For "true" 4th axis with curved surfaces etc, you'd need to pay for their damned "manufacturing extensions". These cost 1848/year, so hobby users can go whistle. Deskproto is 250 Euros to purchase. I didn't find anything else but may have missed something. Hopefully somebody will come along and fill the void.

    I imagine Fusion pricing has blown a hole in the sales of PocketNC https://pocketnc.com/. They still present Fusion's 5 axis toolpaths as viable options for home use, yet 1848 on top of the base subscription seems a bit on the high side to me. https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/...ning-extension

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    Depending on what you're trying to achieve, CNC Wrapper may work - https://www.cncwrapper.com/
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    And I have just realised CNC Wrapper is currently unavailable.

    Alternatives appear to be G-code Wrapper - http://www.chestnutpens.co.uk/misc/gcodewrapper.html or G-code Ripper - https://www.scorchworks.com/Gcoderip...oderipper.html
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    Thanks Lads. I need to make a decision.

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    Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted

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    Thanks, this is what I have gone with.

    A bit of a learning curve, but being retired, I am Time rich, and cash poor.

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