Mach3 or LinuxCNC

Discussion of Mach3 CNC control software
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Damin69
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Mach3 or LinuxCNC

Post by Damin69 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:18 pm

Is Mach3 easier to set up than LinuxCNC. Is it worth the $175. Trying to find more information on both. It would be nice to see some Videos on setting these up but that seems to be almost impossible for LinuxCNC.
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Enraged
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Re: Mach3 or LinuxCNC

Post by Enraged » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:15 pm

If you run your Shapeoko with Windows, then Mach3 is the best. I've used it on a few CNC routers in the past and I really like it, plus the community is great. If you run Linuz or are using a dedicated computer for the Shapeoko, I'd say use LinuxCNC.

I'm getting mine running on LinuxCNC using Machinekit and a Beaglebone Black. I haven't spent much time on it lately but I have all the components now.

Machinekit link: http://blog.machinekit.io/

Damin69
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Re: Mach3 or LinuxCNC

Post by Damin69 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:33 pm

I am good with either one.. I actually have a dedicated machine now just for the CNC. Learning Linux is all new.. Trying to access my home network for files is proving to be quite a challenge as not knowing Linux. So I am right now a bit undecided how I feel about it. I would love to learn Linux but time is a luxury.... Where I know windows. Pro is linuxCNC is free.. Mach3 is not.
Shapeoko 2 #6971
Upgrades
Makita 0701, Nema23s, ACME Z Axis, Nema 23 Belt drive
Expanded to 1000 x 1800
Electronics upgrade C-10 BOB, SainSmart ST-M5045 drivers, Mach3
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