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    I want to take a drawing from Rhino and get tool path for a five axis machine I am building. Does anyone know what I will need(stepper, servos, drivers, etc). I was looking at Camsoft but do not know what drivers are needed.

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    What exactly are you asking? Do you need to know what software generates 5 axis code or do you need information about the requirements for a machine?



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    I need to get a program that will generate 5 axis code and make sure that it will be compatable with whatever driver I decide to use.



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    The cheapest would probably be Visual Mill at $5000, but it only does 5 axis indexing I believe. You probably have to spend $10K or more.

    There is the CNC Toolkit, which is free. http://www.rainnea.com/cnc_toolkit.htm

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    VM's not up to 5K yet is it?
    I got mine for 1500 (VM4 promo then upgrade to 5)
    But ger is right 5th axis in VM is index only - not continous.

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    My mistake. $4000

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    I must be missing something, isn't Camsoft $2000 and generate code?



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    I believe Camsoft will just run your machine, it won't generate any code.

    They do sell this, though. 5 axis code for $18,000.00 http://www.camsoftcorp.com/prod01f.asp

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    Surfcam and Mastercam both have dynamic 5 axis capability, not sure of the price but I suspect $15000 to $20000.
    Onecnc has 3+2 (meaning 4th and fifth axies are positional only). Search Google for 5 axis cnc software, that should bring up a few more names.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Splint
    Surfcam and Mastercam both have dynamic 5 axis capability, not sure of the price but I suspect $15000 to $20000.
    Onecnc has 3+2 (meaning 4th and fifth axies are positional only). Search Google for 5 axis cnc software, that should bring up a few more names.
    I believe the "lesser" versions of Mastercam have 3+2 as well, but you get all the other bene's of the top CAM system at a more affordable price.

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    Default CNC_Toolkit...

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