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Question: I previously owned a shopbot prt. How does your product compare with Shopbot/ Does your package come with toolpathing software.

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We can not accurately compare our machine to another company's product. We have no experience or feedback to go on with the other product. Our machine does not come with any software, but there are some free software available. We will be listing even more software in the near future.

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  • I am using Windows 10 and my Shopbot PRT 4g uses Shopbot's proprietary software https://www.shopbottools.com/support/control-software. How can I determine if the 4th axis you offer will be compatible with my machine?

    Generally, you’ll need to check what control software will need to be used with the CNC router. Our machines use industry standard electronics and control software that is nonproprietary so you can use just about any software out there with our machines.

    Specifically, what software are you planning on using?

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    dear Sir,
    I'm searching for the best one,I think that I have to learn more about that in order to be able to make the right decision.

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    If you are using a computer running Microsoft Windows, then I would recommend using Mach3 or Mach4. If you prefer Linux, then LinuxCNC is the best control software in my opinion.

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    I am using Windows 10 and my Shopbot PRT 4g uses Shopbot's proprietary software https://www.shopbottools.com/support/control-software. How can I determine if the 4th axis you offer will be compatible with my machine?

  • [50] Is there a software control package that will work with Axis Electronics Combo (For Heavy Gantry) for apple os.

    Yes, with caveats. This kit includes a controller that will not be compatible, but if you use another type of controller that has web based control, you can use these electronics. Here is a list of web based control for CNC:

    - Easel: The web-based software from Inventables can be accessed through Safari or other macOS-compatible web browsers.

    - bCNC: A Python-based GRBL CNC command sender, although you may need to jump through some hoops to get it to run on macOS.

    - Universal Gcode Sender: A Java-based software that should run on macOS if you have the Java Runtime Environment installed.

    - CNCjs: Another web-based interface that you can run on macOS using Node.js.

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    [50] Is there a software control package that will work with Axis Electronics Combo (For Heavy Gantry) for apple os.

  • I'm new to CNC and just finish building my router.I need software for my post processor and not sure if your product is what I need?

    You will need a CNC software that will control your router cnc machine, and your design CAD/CAM software will need to know the CNC software you plan on using so the post processor in the CAM software can create the g-code for the CNC control software. So if you have for example, Mach 3 and our parallel breakout board, you can use the Mach 3 post processor in your design software.

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    I'm new to CNC and just finish building my router.I need software for my post processor and not sure if your product is what I need?

  • I have your USB controller sitting here and want to control it with something other than PlanetCNC control software?

    The USB controller will only work with the Planet-CNC software. This software is well made and will provide great functionality. The planet-cnc software delivers instructions to the microcontroller on the board and the microcontroller will send out the pulse trains needed to move the machine correctly.

    There are two main alternatives if you want to use the mach3 software:
    First, get a parallel port card and add it to your computer and get a parallel breakout board. If you have a laptop/notebook computer, this will not be possible.
    Second, if you have a laptop, or really want to use the USB as the main interface for controlling the machine, you will need to get the smoothstepper board which works with mach3. The price combination is much higher than the USB controller with planet-cnc, but will work with Mach3.

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    The planet cnc controller can be prone to electrical interference and has been known to cause such problems. In the first instance try to use a quality double sheilded USB cable, hopefully this will fix your problem. Alternatively you may need to sheild your limit switch, estop and or motor cabling. My pick is that a quality USB cable will fix it though, worked for me.

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    I have your USB controller sitting here and want to control it with something other than PlanetCNC control software?

  • I am interested in your laser cutter package. Can you create a machine with custom length requirements? ie. 36" length

    For the blackTooth laser cutter and engraver, it is not possible to lengthen within its existing enclosure dimensions. The cable management is a bit tight. Call us to discuss.

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    I am interested in your laser cutter package. Can you create a machine with custom length requirements? ie. 36" length

  • Whereb can I find directions on how to install the Mach3 USB board with Mach 4 software? I do not have a parallell port.

    You can find instructions for the Mach3 USB here:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    You will probably need to use the Mach3 USB board with Mach3. We have not tested the Mach3 usb card with Mach4.

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    Whereb can I find directions on how to install the Mach3 USB board with Mach 4 software? I do not have a parallell port.

  • I am building a 23' x 10' plasma table with your epuipment and am choosing software. Is Cambam OK or do I need to get a more powerful cad software

    CAMBAM is an excellent choice to use for providing plasma operations for a plasma machine. Here is a link to get you started and for the resource files that you can use with CAMBAM.

    http://www.cambam.info/ref/ref.plasma

    Since CAMBAM has CAD functionality, you should have no problem using CAMBAM as a CAD design software. If you are dong more intricate work, then you can use MOre CAD oriented software and then load the .DXF files into CAMBAM for the application of plasma operations on top of the primitive CAD geometry.

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    I am building a 23' x 10' plasma table with your epuipment and am choosing software. Is Cambam OK or do I need to get a more powerful cad software

  • About your HIWIN rails. What Carriage block does the 78" rails come with, 2 flange or 2 with no flange?

    The HIWIN rails come with the same flange blocks that are sold individually.

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    About your HIWIN rails. What Carriage block does the 78" rails come with, 2 flange or 2 with no flange?

  • HOW DO I WIRE THE 4TH AXIS THAT YOU SELL. I HAVE MACH3 SOFTWARE. NO INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR SITE

    The motor that is attached to the 4th axis is wired as follows:

    The motor should have red, green yellow and blue wires coming form the motor. The red and green are paired as one coil and the yellow and blue is paired as the other coil. You can wire the motor to a 3.0 amp driver with red to A+, green to A-, Yellow to B+ and Blue to B-

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    HOW DO I WIRE THE 4TH AXIS THAT YOU SELL. I HAVE MACH3 SOFTWARE. NO INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR SITE

  • I'm looking for a CNC which will mill 4x8 MDF/OSB and birch, as well as other 3/4" species. Previously I used a Shopbot and Partworks - can we expect the same performance from this?

    The greenBull 4x8 is designed specifically for heavy usage with a larger gantry and 3 large NEMA 34 651oz-in motors on each axis. You can expect superior performance from the greenBull since it is specifically designed for every day production of 4x8 sheets of material.

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    The greenBull response was not an answer to my question. I'd still like to hear from users. There must be some suggestions comments from those that have built the machine?

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    Strange that you got the response matching the greenBull answer. That was probably our automated "closest match". I would re-state the question and select the "no, the answer is not related" and let it hang out on the customer service page for a while to see if you get any bites.

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    I'm looking for a CNC which will mill 4x8 MDF/OSB and birch, as well as other 3/4" species. Previously I used a Shopbot and Partworks - can we expect the same performance from this?

  • I am interested in purchasing your 4 axis combo package. Is it compatible with MeshCam

    Our electronics and machines are compatible with all non-proprietary CAM programs. MeshCAM is a standard CAM package so it will work with our equipment. The electronics are more related to the control program (such as Mach3, LinuxCNC, etc) that you select for the machine rather than the CAM program.

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    I am interested in purchasing your 4 axis combo package. Is it compatible with MeshCam

  • However it how do I get the software to work? PlanetCNC sent me a key that looks like it will only work with a backup control board I purchased from them?

    When you plug the USB controller into the computer using a USB cable, and the planet-cnc software is running, you will be presented with a dialog box that will contain a text box for the key that you received from the planet-cnc folks.

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    Is there any other software that will work with your controller Mach3? Thanks for the help!

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    However it how do I get the software to work? PlanetCNC sent me a key that looks like it will only work with a backup control board I purchased from them?

  • if i request for Grren bull assembled kit. i noticed it does not come with table. how about Torsion ? I am looking to buy one very soon. thnx

    We are about to unveil the greenBull v2 which comes with the table and many upgrades. This will be available at the beginning of February. I would recommend waiting for that version.

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    if i request for Grren bull assembled kit. i noticed it does not come with table. how about Torsion ? I am looking to buy one very soon. thnx

  • I received the software package I ordered ArtCAM Express 2013, It had no dongle nor have I recieved the PAF License number. Pease advise......

    We are in the process of sending the correct items (with the purchase of ArtCAM), with all recent and future orders. Please refer to your email for a order(conformation/ tracking info) for your package delivery location.

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    I received the software package I ordered ArtCAM Express 2013, It had no dongle nor have I recieved the PAF License number. Pease advise......

  • Is there any other software that will work with your controller Mach3?

    The mach3 control software will work with all major CAM software (CAMBAM, Aspire and Vectric, BobCAD/CAM, ArtCAM, Dolphin CAM, CAM software that integrate with SolidWorks and AutoDesk Inventor, and many more).

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    Is there any other software that will work with your controller Mach3?

  • I have a water cooled spindle I only need the VFD drive. Does the VFD come with instrutction on hooking the VFD to Mach3?

    The VFD does come with a manual that details the wiring and connection specifications, terminal features and a list of the parameters. There is no information on how to connect it to Mach3. It does detail the specifications within the parameters and terminal features on the analog input that is used with Mach3 and other control programs.

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    I have a water cooled spindle I only need the VFD drive. Does the VFD come with instrutction on hooking the VFD to Mach3?

  • DOES YOUR COMBO #1 WITH PLANS AND THE DVD COME COMPLETE PARTS LIST?

    The parts list is located on this page: http://buildyourcnc.com/cnckitintro.aspx at the bottom of the description.

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    DOES YOUR COMBO #1 WITH PLANS AND THE DVD COME COMPLETE PARTS LIST?

  • Im having software setup problems with my backtooth (mach3) and i seem not to find a solution in the forum. what can i do?

    You can call us, send an email, or pose the specific question on this customer service live that pertains to the issue that you are having.

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    Im having software setup problems with my backtooth (mach3) and i seem not to find a solution in the forum. what can i do?

  • DOES ANY OF THE SOFTWARE THAT COMES WITH IT COMPATIBLE MAC 10.6?

    There are several CAD/CAM programs out there for MacOS. Here is a list of a few: http://www.macuser.de/forum/f53/3d-2d-cad-395058/#post4499316
    I've also read good things about punchCAD: http://www.punchcad.com/
    Of course, there is always SketchUp if you are in a pinch. There are a few CAM plugins for SketchUp as well, but I've never used them, so I can't vouch for them.

    CAD/CAM will get you as far as designing your parts and producing the g-code, but if you also want to run the CNC machine with your Mac, you will need a piece of software similar to Mach3 or EMC to run the g-code. I haven't been able to find anything like these programs that runs on Mac, so you may have to run Mach3 or EMC in Windows using Boot Camp or a virtual machine such as VMware or Parallels.

    Personally, I would use the Mac to do all the CAD/CAM, then use a cheap PC to run the CNC machine.

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    EasyDNC for OSX
    www.dnc-x.com

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    Hi guys I’m new to the cnc and I’m beginning to learn how to operate and cad-cam software also my cnc runs on Mach3 my questions is if I should use MacBook to do all designs if I can have all this software to run on Mac or I have to use windows software to operate it? I have separate small computer connected to the cnc table who have Mach3 on it please help. Also if you know any other software much easy for beginners please let me know thank you guys!
    My email if needed is r1jastrzebski@gmail.com

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    DOES ANY OF THE SOFTWARE THAT COMES WITH IT COMPATIBLE MAC 10.6?

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