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Output to CAM or g-code (by Laurence Rochforr)

I recently got access to a CNC mill.

I'm wondering if people could make suggestions as to how to go about making tool paths and generating g-code from Solvespace models.

Many thanks
Sat Jan 13 2018, 13:58:41
(no subject) (by Andrew)
I am looking at the same problem, and I have found, but not yet used PyCAM, which will generate paths from an STL file.
Sun Jan 14 2018, 11:31:50
(no subject) (by Jonathan Westhues)
SolveSpace can natively generate G code for simple 2d parts; take a look at the "exported g code parameters" in the configuration screen. It can also do 2d cutter radius compensation.

The workflow for anything more complex requires a separate CAM tool, PyCAM (per above), commercial, etc.
Sun Jan 14 2018, 18:44:13
(no subject) (by KevinK)
If you are looking for an open source solution, have a look at the CAM capabilities of Freecad.

There is a good set of tutorial's available on Youtube made by MAGIG CNC Maschines.
They use the latest 0.17 Development release, which might be a bit buggy.

There is also a CAM package for Blender, Blendercam.

Some options from independent developers:
If you have a bit of money to spend, there is ESTLCAM for 50 EURO.
ESTLCAM is a great and simple tool for 2D CAM, and basic 3D CAM.

CAMBAM is also a very versatile CAM tool,not free but for 100 Euro still reasonable.
Mon Jan 15 2018, 18:15:43
(no subject) (by Paul)
I see the g-code options, but how do you actually get it to produce g-code output to a file?
Fri Jun 21 2019, 20:54:27
(no subject) (by Paul)
Never mind. The file-type pulldown on my Gnome setup was very non-obvious.
Fri Jun 21 2019, 21:38:36
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