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Part of CNC router build

We need to find the best Software stack to drive our CNC mill.

The tool chain need three parts:

  • CAD/CAM Systems (to produce gcode from 3D model)
  • CNC Controller Software (to feed the gcode to the machine)
  • Software on Controller to translate gcode into stepper commands (can be part of CNC Controller)


  • more or less easy to use
  • manual operation with external controller possible
  • not to expensive
  • fast
  • Able to control break on Z axis

possible Solutions

Smoothie board

  • CNC Contoller


  • Evaluate Controller Software
  • Find matching controller Hardware (like this or that.)


Generating G-Code