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    Hi Guys,

    I am building a 4-axis CNC router for wood and aluminium. The 4th axis (B-axis) is the swivel head. This is a build for a friend, who will be mainly routing simple shapes on 3 sides on thin-walled aluminium profiles (see attached example). Although I have 3-axis router experience, I am struggling to find an efficient and easy workflow to do repetitive cuts.

    I'd like a workflow which is easy to setup for my friend, who is not cnc-proficient. The requirements are:

    • Cutting mainly 2-d profiles on 3 sides.
    • The profile is to be mounted on the table and the 3 sides to be routed without repositioning the profile.
    • The CAM should be easy to use. 3D preview is a bonus.

    Creating three, 2D operations (one per side) seems tedious. I am open to use Mach4, Linux CNC or other reasonably priced controller. How is kinematics relevant?

    What is the approach you would take?


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