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PC for cutting

Post by jfdotcom » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:30 pm

I'm about to purchase a Shapoko 3 and while I have a suitable PC to do CAD/CAM on to generate the gcode, I wasn't sure of what the actual requirements would be to send the gcode. Obviously I don't want to use an old XP machine pulled from the bin but don't want to go purchase a new one either. Is there a system requirements page that I should abide by when choosing what to actually run the machine with?

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Re: PC for cutting

Post by WillAdams » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:39 pm

If you’re planning on using the Carbide Motion Machine Control Software: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... quirements

If you use something such as bCNC, pretty much anything, even down to a Raspberry Pi will work.
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by jfdotcom » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:34 pm

It's a shame that a 64 bit OS doesn't work well with that. I'm actually surprised that Windows 10 is even coming in a 32-bit edition.
Either way some type of passively cooled micro PC looks like the best to use due to a dusty shop.
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by WillAdams » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:42 pm

jfdotcom wrote:It's a shame that a 64 bit OS doesn't work well with that. I'm actually surprised that Windows 10 is even coming in a 32-bit edition.
Either way some type of passively cooled micro PC looks like the best to use due to a dusty shop.
Agreed.

Competition from Android / striving for lowest possible price point.

Yes, or maybe a Raspberry Pi?
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by swhillier » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:52 am

I've been using Carbide Motion on an old late 2009 Mac Mini. Upgraded to Yosemite and things seem to be working reasonably well. I have had some of the USB connection drops that others have mentioned and Carbide Motion is a bit buggy but definitely usable. I've ordered a shielded USB cable, some extra ferrite beads and an ADUM4160 based isolator to try to take care of the USB connection issues.

I do all my CAD/CAM on a PC and then drop the gcode files on a shared folder. I initially used the PC (a Dell Latitude E6430 with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit) with Carbide Motion and my S03 with no major issues. I didn't want it to get trashed in the workshop so switched to the Mac Mini.

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Re: PC for cutting

Post by twforeman » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:50 pm

And "old XP machine pulled from the bin" is perfectly adequate to stream g-code if you use something like Universal G-Code Sender. That's what I run on Linux on an older Dell laptop.
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by jfdotcom » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:40 pm

I've been trying to find an older Toughbook/Dell ATG/Getac B300 or S400 so the ports don't get gummed up so far. Ebay has yet to reciprocate with an affordable 2nd gen i5. :(
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by WillAdams » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:55 pm

Yeah, the rugged options are nice. Guess I’m dating myself when I mention that I really miss GRiD.

I’d especially like to find a nice tablet w/ active digitizer and daylight viewable display.
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by jfdotcom » Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:12 pm

I anticipate a ton of used rugged notebooks to hit the market in the next year or so. As the FBI eventually implements mandatory CJIS compliance in order to access NCIC data, a lot of equipment is going to end up getting replaced.

I carry a Getac V110 for work and while it is an awesome machine, I don't want to fill it with saw dust at home.
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Re: PC for cutting

Post by Woodworker » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:18 pm

Will,Lyon aren't dating yourself unless you mention that you worked on the industrial version of this! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Por ... l_Computer

I worked for GE and helped build the first 256K memory board for it. They wanted to use it as the front end to an automated CNC mill. :o
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