My father bought a Roland PCN3000 mill. We downloaded the Modela Player software from the Roland web site, along with two simple design programs. We've been able to produce an engraved name plate, but to do more than that we need to be able to import .dfx files from our CAD program. We're using something called 'Bobcad'.
We haven't been able to convert the bobcad .dfx files to a version that Modela Player will understand (the Modela Player help file says it will work with autocad version 12). We've downloaded a drawing converter and converted our bobcad .dfx files to autocad version 12, but still no luck.
Let me know if you want more info on the Roland software.
I recently acquired a CAMM-3 and have just gotten it mechanically functional.
I have not found were to download the Modela, although I found an upgrade site.
What did you do about the collets ?
I'm thinking about replacing the spindle so I can use an ED16 collet and hold larger (and cheaper) bits.
The one thing that most of us who have purchased these second hand, is what those swithces are for ??
Is there a page or two in the manual that explains that ?
I have only the 6mm collet and I just made an adapter for 1/8" PCB drill bits. since they are so cheap on e-bay, I figured I would need them. It works with drill bits and the PCB routing cutters (to cut out the boards) when cutting 3/16 thick aluminum the 1/16" routing cutter works out of the adapter. seems a setscrew is not as good as it could be.
I am working with a guy to make a collet adapter for holding 3/16 end mills. That would have the slits so the collet would tighten up on it, not a set-screw.
If you are still looking for software to drive the CAMM3 you might try VCarve Pro which has a Direct Driver for the Roland machines. This simply sends toolpath data directly to the machine via the USB or LPT port.
There's a Trial Version of the software that will let you run sample files on the machine.
Do you mean the DIL switches at the back??
If you do they are for setting the settings for parralel and serial ports, e.g. stop bits, parity and baud rates etc.
I don't have the diagram on me at the mo, but It's at home in a paper wallet next to my machine, so when I get back around 6:00 i'll scan it in for you.
Anyone need legal software to drive any roland machine?
CAMM1, CAMM2 and CAMM3??? All models!
Just let me know if you need it to get you started.
The software is really easy to use and gives great results.
Driller, I made a chuck with a 6mm shank, so I could hold any tool e.g. drill bits and dremel cutters etc. Perhaps you might want to give that a go? Only for light tools, etc.??
I'm currently working to make my machine cut 2 and 4 sided objects, by using a self centering vice, which I need to make. Anyone made one before?? Anyone want me to make them one? (After mine is up and running???)
I have a bunch of software, not sure what is legal, but as I understand, it was all downloaded from the Roland site before they closed it to general downloads.
I think there are 4 bundled packages with the machine. I think MODELA is the most common, and I think those are the packages I have copies of.
I made a 3/16 to 6mm collet to hold end-mills. the end mills are much cheaper than 6mm here, and I can get a much wider variety of tooling sizes as well. I also made a mm to 1/8" sleeve with a setscrew to hold PCB tools. I can buy 50 drills for $25 on e-bay. some are really tiny, need to be careful. if they don't list the size, then the drills will probably be 0.25mm or around that size.
I have not made a drill chuck yet, but that is in the works.
As for your offer of software, If it is legal software, I would be interested in the program names. I might be very intrested in them.
I need to cut out a flat oval and I can make the drawing in CAD, but have not yet connected the computer to the machine to try to make it work under computer control.