inkscape

inkscape

Chinese New Year 2016 holidays had already come and gone. I was hoping to complete the CNC machine before that, but was delayed due to other pressing matters.

gsimple

gsimple

While waiting for the milling spindle to arrive, I tried out some software for generating vector drawings and converting them to G-code. There were several of these available on the internet. I was particularly looking for the free ones. Two of these that I found promising were Inkscape and GSimple. The former was a very good drawing software, similar to Adobe Illustrator. And after adding an extension, I could generate G-codes from it. The latter software, GSimple, was actually made for machining. I could generate block, bulge, pocket, and text from it ready for maching. I spent some time familiarizing myself with these.

camotics

camotics

Another software which I found very useful for simulating the machining movements was Camotics. I could load a G-code file and it would be able to simulate the tool movements. While I could also open the G-code file in the LinuxCNC program, Camotics let me operate in the Windows environment instead of Linux environment, which I found more convenient.