My cousin is looking for a CNC mill to replace his aging brideport with a CNC. Because I own a couple Emco F1’s I was his first stop on getting some information.
One of the things that came up is 2 or 3 axis? My F1’s are 3 and 4 axis machines. I'm self taught on CNC and don't have any real machine shop experience. For the life of me other than for plasma I can’t think why one would want a 2 axis CNC mill. Do you wait for the mill to complete a circuit and manually lower the quill?
Also, maybe I should post this part of the question to the software forum, but he has found one with Prototrak control/sw. I do my work in GMAX or AutoCAD and create my toolpaths with Meshcam, Cnctoolkit or CamBam. If I need a conversational program I use New Fangled Wizard add on for Mach3. I see there are translation programs to convert DWG or DXF’s to Prototrak is this expensive and or difficult to learn?
Thanks in advance,