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What Operating Sysyem

Post by patonclover » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:42 am

I am unsure just where this query should go so my apologies if the thread should be elsewhere.

I am just getting my new SO3xl up and running using Carbide Create and Carbide Motion on my Mac running OSX and all seems to be well so far. The limitation with the Mac as far as CNC is concerned is that apart from these 2 applications there is very little software that will run under OSX. Yes I do know about the web based apps eg Easel but I am thinking of things like the many G-Code tools.

It seems to me that I will sooner than later have to have a Windows machine. No problem there because I can load Win on the Mac in a couple of different ways - Virtualisation, Boot Camp etc. Now to my questions.
  • What version of Windows do I need? I seem to recall having read somewhere that Win 10 has some problems with some CNC apps.
    I already have a copy of Win XP that I have had for some years, is this suitable for running the CNC stuff I am most likely to want to use?
    And if it is suitable will it be capable of running V-Carve when I get to spend the big money?
    Has anyone with a Mac tried running any of these CNC utilities with Wine? (no, not the liquid verity - now there's a thought!)
Many thanks.

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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:45 am

XP should be okay for the opensource stuff. I'd try Linux before that.

Vcarve as well: http://support.vectric.com/aspire-quest ... n-software

There's now more cross-platform and Mac OS X CAD/CAM though:

- PowerCADD
- Cadintosh
- DraftSight by Dassault Systemes
- Moment of Inspiration
- Trimble SketchUp
- Autodesk Fusion 360 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fusion- ... 8810?mt=12
- Rhino 3D

- MeshCAM

Try native stuff first?

Asked over on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/cad/comments/5 ... or_cadcam/
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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by patonclover » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:25 am

Thanks Will. The CAD is not the problem I have been using Eazydraw for many years which exports SVGs fine provided one sets the scale correctly. It's more the utilities like Universal G-code Sender, bCNC, etc where the Mac falls down.

MeshCAM looks interesting but I thought it would only run under Win, I didn't see that it will probably run ok with Wine. The thought of using Linux fills me with fear. It also seems like V-Carve will run with a reasonably optioned machine under XP - thanks for the link.

FWIW Eazydraw V3 is free on the Mac App store and Ver 4 is only a couple of dollars although V8 is very considerably more. Would it be worth adding it to the Wiki as a Mac CAD package?

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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:32 pm

Yes, well worth adding and will add Eazydraw.

UGS and bCNC should both run fine on Mac OS X.

MeshCAM has a beta port for Mac OS X: http://www.grzsoftware.com/meshcam-mac/

There shouldn't be a real need to go virtual or leave Mac OS X unless you want some proprietary commercial app which is Windows-only.
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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:15 pm

Also:

- Autodesk Fusion 360
- Siemens NX

and of course, all the web-based stuff such as OnShape works.
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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:16 pm

Also, one notable opensource option for Mac OS X is Cenon, which started as a CAD/CAM app (unfortunately the CAM module is still commercial).
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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by patonclover » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:23 pm

Thanks Will, you are a fountain of knowledge. Good advice as always.

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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:39 pm

If you're satisfied w/ EazyDraw and exporting SVG files, then Carbide Create or MakerCAM ought to do for CAM --- if you just d/l the .swf for the latter you can double-click on it and run it as if it's an app.

There is a section on this on the wiki: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... e#Mac_OS_X
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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by WillAdams » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:33 pm

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Re: What Operating Sysyem

Post by zamp » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:47 pm

FreeCAD (http://www.freecadweb.org/) is also on the Wiki: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/FreeCAD

It has multiple "workbenches" (working modes) including ones for 2D and 3D and that work in various ways. I've not looked at it in about a year, but it was pretty good a year ago, much better than when I first checked it out a couple of years ago. The multiple working platforms (Mac, Windows, multiple versions of Linux), free price, and open source aspect are certainly attractive to me.

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