Proxxon CNC Mill and nccad9 software

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  1. Feb 10, 2018 #1

    Lofty76

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    Hello everybody, Recently, in an attempt to get up to date I purchased the above in order to learn some basic cnc programming.Unfortunately the nccad software is mostly in german and support from Max computers (the vendors) is not overly forthcoming. I want to try and learn to manufacture loco nameplates - the ones with raised letters, for a start project.
    Can anyone recommend software that will work with the machine and that I can understand?

    Many thanks for your help in advance

    Regards

    Lofty
     
  2. Feb 11, 2018 #2

    kvom

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    I took a look at the nccad/max website. As far as I can tell nccad is a cam program that works only with imported STL 3D files. 3D machining is probably not what you want for something like nameplates.

    Does your machine have a separate control program like Mach3?
     
  3. Feb 11, 2018 #3

    Lofty76

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    Many thanks for your reply.

    The program seems fine for standard engraving, I have worked out to input the machine limits / parameters, setting tool zero height etc, and then running a simple text program ( using a pencil in the machine collet on card clamped to the table), probably not the best way forward but I am beginning to understand the way things work.

    I did find a program called VCarve which shows exactly what I want to do. but I can't control the machine from it, the only way that I could see was to export the vcarve code into the nccad program as the trial version of vcarve doesn't allow export directly to the machine.

    Does Mach 3 have a usable trial?
     
  4. Feb 11, 2018 #4

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    As long as g-code can be imported to the control that's the way to go.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2018 #5

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    Thanks Kvom, Mach 3 works a treat, much obliged.
     

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