[Chugalug] Driving a 3-axis TTL stepper mounted router

Jason Brown lists at masterforge.com
Mon Nov 18 23:10:40 UTC 2013

And I forgot, a recent development in CNC news is BlenderCAM for gcode 
generation: http://blendercam.blogspot.com/p/documentation.html

If you are already a Blender person, it might be useful.


On 11/18/13, 6:02 PM, Jason Brown wrote:
> On 11/18/13, 5:15 PM, Dan Lyke wrote:
>> Yeah, I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan of "if it needs timing that
>> precise, give it a separate processor". I think I'll head towards grbl.
> I agree, for the machines I have been working on I keep changing 
> around the hardware and re-wiring, so for now the ease of configuring 
> a Linux machine wins, eventually a nice dedicated controller is quite 
> attractive though. I use a Rambo board on my 3D printer and it works 
> quite well.
> I hear great things about this: https://github.com/synthetos/TinyG The 
> hardware has all the stepper drivers on board, but I am sure the code 
> could be easily adapted to drive external stepper controllers. 
> Especially if you are already an Atmel guy.
>> So I guess the rest of the question is about generating gcode, and it
>> sounds like just starting with Inkscape and learning is the right way
>> to go. Might have to learn something that has real dimensioning at some
>> point...
> Gcode converters exist for just about any input format.
> Here are some good ones: 
> http://wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?Simple_LinuxCNC_G-Code_Generators
> I also like CamBam and I am considering buying it. 
> http://www.cambam.info/  I would be happier if I could get the Linux 
> version to run.
>>> I'm happy to discuss further, or show you the stuff I have running
>>> down at the lab sometime.
>> Love to, but I'm in Northern California and don't get back to 'nooga
>> that often. Could happen, though...
>> Dan
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