Foam Cutting Machine

tips

videos

plans for changing to FLOSS software

The organizational method is outline format so that someone who didn't do the research should be able to make a software toolchain with just a glance at this outline that goes from CAD -> CAM ->Pulses to step motors.

  1. Windows
    1. CAD
      1. Name of program (example, please start with 2)
        1. URL
        2. Output formats
        3. Has someone actually tried to use it? (who?)
        4. Miscellaneous information such as last updated
    2. CAM
      1. Name of Program (example, please start with 2)
        1. URL
        2. Input Formats
        3. Output Format
        4. Has someone actually tried to use it? (who?)
        5. Misc info
      2. G simple
        1. http://www.gsimple.eu/index.html

        2. Input: .DXF
        3. Output: .GSI (an abbreviated form of g-code)
        4. Yes
          1. Nick
            1. Imported .dxf nicely. Has a gui that shows cutting path and allows adjustments. No machine controls. Has CAD ability as well but requires more pre-knowledge of dimensions and points, much less point and click then inkscape.
        5. its free but didn't see GNU GPL.
    3. G-code to pulse converter (example, please start with 2)
      1. Name of Program
        1. URL
        2. Has someone actually tried to use it? (who?)
        3. Misc
  2. Mac
    1. CAD
    2. CAM
    3. G-code to pulse converter
  3. Linux
    1. CAD
    2. CAM
    3. G-code to pulse converter


  1. Misc websites that could be useful
    1. Very brief description of site (example, please start with 2)
      1. URL
      2. More detailed description and --->WHY<---you think this is worth keeping track of

    2. Build your own CNC machine
      1. http://buildyourcnc.com/default.aspx

      2. This guy has the whole process to build a CNC machine. The software he uses (steps 34-36) can be useful here but if we ever go back to look at the rest of the proccess this site can useful to see what someone else did if nothing else.
    3. Reprap file download page
      1. http://sourceforge.net/projects/reprap/files/

      2. The reprap is a 3D printer with the arduino at its heart. it has a G-code interpreter loaded onto the arduino. it also has a very large following so lots of support. you can download the arduino firmware here.
    4. Grbl download page
      1. http://github.com/simen/grbl/downloads

        1. http://dank.bengler.no/-/page/show/5471_gettinggrbl <-- instructions on what to do

      2. Grbl is another arduino based G-code interpreter. we were looking for the downloads page earlier. here it is.

FoamCuttingMachine (last edited 2010-11-15 20:07:51 by ChristianKindel)