Author Topic: CNC router table nearing first test.  (Read 337 times)

Offline John Hill

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CNC router table nearing first test.
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:07:51 AM »
Four years have gone by but I am getting ever closer to when I can try out my router table. X and Y are about 2000x900mm and the Z travel is about 150mm.

Nothing fancy, just skate board bearings for all 'sliding' surfaces and threaded rods (aka 'allthread') to move things. Two rods to move the long (X?) axis tied together with roller chain to resist wracking of the gantry. Ancient steppers of unknown specifications for Y and Z while the X axis drive is a F&P washer motor.

I have EMC2 software installed on a PC (Linux) but the question is what to do next?

I perhaps rashly imagined that there would be freeware data files available online but looking for them makes my old brain hurt as there seems to be a unlimited variety of gcode formats and file types.

Any suggestions please?
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Offline chipenter

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Re: CNC router table nearing first test.
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 02:49:33 AM »
Look for F-Engrave it runs on  Python that is also freewhare , http://www.scorchworks.com/Fengrave/fengrave.html , I use it for my mini mill on metal , once you learn the set up it works well , 
Jeff