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06-12-2012, 11:10 PM
hello I am new to this I'm working on the construction of a router I have the structure with step motors but not how to control the router and as I do a hardware interface for graphics thanks:

06-13-2012, 08:44 AM
Hi joe's17,

I'm relatively new to myself, but from what I've read, you'll need 3 different pieces of software to control that router.

CAD, the software you'll use to design with, Rhino in my case. (Solidworks, Google Sketchup, MasterCAD $1000.00 and up)

CAM, the software that converts your design files into G code, Rhino plugin in my case. This piece of software doesn't have to be from the same vender.

Last piece of software takes the g code and tells the router what to do. (Mach3 I would say is the most popular $175)

This is a basic explanation at my experience level. I'm sure someone else will chime in to add or correct me.


06-13-2012, 09:14 PM
Are you missing an interface between the computer and CNC machine?