Mach4 is actually control software. Control software takes the code result from CAM and moves the machine according to this code (called Goode).
Here is a simplified idea of the software generally used with CNC Machines and CNC Routers.
- CAD software is generally used to create the primary design. Includes geometric primitives like points, lines, circles, arcs, and polylines. These are put together to form a complete design
- CAM takes a design drawn in CAD and allows the user to create machining operations to the primitive geometry. Some CAM programs have CAD features built-in so CAD is not always necessary.
- Control software takes the CAM information in the form of Gcode and moves the machines and controls other aspects to create the final real world output as close to the CAD input as possible.
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Does Mach 4 cam software require an additional cad software program to complete part production?