I am new to CNC and am interested in designing and building a small cnc machine , not really to do anything useful but just to learn more about them.
From reading info on several sites I have found that the most popular method to control a cnc machine is through a parallel port. I have an old PC with a parallel port which would do well but I read somewhere that controlling it through software on windows xp is not a good idea? Although a quote from http://www.probotix.com/cnc_software/ says
"Mach3 has a HUGE support group and bypasses some of the timing issues of the Windows environment"
Is it possible to control them reliably in xp with mach3 or other software?
I also have ubuntu linux so would I be safer using software on that?
Also is there such thing as software to convert CAD into assembler or c++ so it could be programmed onto a pic micro and the machine controlled from the pic?
Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any useful info.
Mach3 has over 50,000 registered users. I've read that 2-3% of users have problems with specific PC's. I run it on an older Dell PIII that I got for $20 on Ebay.
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