Thursday, April 30, 2009

Free CAD-CAM CNC software for mechanical engineering

In modern CNC systems, end-to-end component design is highly automated using CAD CAM programs. The programs produce a computer file that is interpreted to extract the commands needed to operate a particular machine, and then loaded into the CNC machines for production. Since any particular component might require the use of a number of different tools - drills, saws, etc. - modern machines often combine multiple tools into a single "cell". In other cases, a number of different machines are used with an external controller and human or robotic operators that move the component from machine to machine. In either case the complex series of steps needed to produce any part is highly automated and produces a part that closely matches the original CAD design.

Free CAD-CAM CNC software for mechanical engineering:

G-Simple This CNC program is completely free simple yet powerful software for 3-axis mills, use it to create G-codes for drilling, milling, engraving, tapping & pocketing.
Download:
http://www.polaris.com.gr/gsimple/download.html

GCAM is an free Open Source software for 3-Axis CNC mills. Simple interface for making holes, and sketches, which after extruded, provide the cutting paths for the selected end mill. GCAM also supports RS274X (Gerber) and Excellon drill files for circuit board milling..
Download:
http://gcam.js.cx/index.php/Main_Page

30-day trial versions:
http://www.softsquad.com/downloads.htm

Cut2d by Vectric
Cut2D converts CAD DXF and graphics designs to GCode / CNC Toolpaths for machining high quality parts and components, and users say it's easy to use. Price: $149 .
http://www.vectric.com/WebSite/Vectric/products/download_products.htm

We'll be adding more free cnc software sources as we fin them.

14 comments:

Bineet said...

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and I have found the touch screen interface a pleasure to use over using the mouse; coupled with

Vista's excellent handwriting recognition, the tablet has become my number one machine for use

daily.

cnc user said...

First of all, thanks for this link http://www.polaris.com.gr/gsimple/download.html - it will be useful for us.
The second oone, let me be sure I understood You correctly, free software is not the full version, i mean can you recommend CNC software "providers"?

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Controlled Solutions said...

Thanks for the links. Free software is always good for my customers! - We do all types of CNC & NC Machine Tool repair.

Have a great day!

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This equipment is very powerful and its usage are enormous thanks for the post

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silverrose1 said...

you can find more Free DXF files and silhouettes designs ready for CNC machines http://freedxf.com/

Concrete Cutting Equipment said...

The touch screen interface a pleasure to use over using the mouse..And i feel very happy to use it..

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