CAM for 5 axis router

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16 Jun 2021 06:21 #212178 by aaron
CAM for 5 axis router was created by aaron
Hi all
Over a number of years the fairies have built me a 5 axis xyzbc router running on LCNC of course. All axis are now moving, but I now see that CAM is a real problem. I have tried; CNC toolkit, but can't get it to work (is anyone still using this?), fusion 360 and desk proto are not full 5 axis. So the question is, can anyone suggest a program, windoze or Linux, that is free or reasonably priced with full 5 axis capability.
Thanks for reading.

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18 Jun 2021 12:32 #212328 by andypugh
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I think that paid-for Fusion is full 5-axis. You could argue that it is reasonably priced, but maybe not for hobby use.

I don't know of any FOSS packages. (Which does not necessarily mean that they don't exist)
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24 Jun 2021 09:37 - 24 Jun 2021 09:38 #212803 by Roiki
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Fusion is full 5 axis, you just need the manufacturing add on for it to get all the tool paths.

There isn't any free or cheap 5 axis cam. Because 5 axis is hard.

You can always pirate a cam like powermill if you want. Otherwise you need to fork the bucks or try to find some workarounds.
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25 Jun 2021 14:59 #212908 by eighthaxis
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BobCAM is probably the lowest cost 5 axis option to purchase.
It uses the same Kinematics that over 20 5 axis CAM systems license including MasterCAM.
Still a big chunk of change (thousands)!
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24 Mar 2022 19:23 #238258 by CatweazleMagic
Cnc toolkit is definitely working. It's not very simple and takes quiet some time to get it in your fingertips. But it is very flexible. I myself am still learning on this little piece of software.
I just found out the site where you could donwload the manuals is no longer existing. So I hope I can park here the complete zip-file.
Chapter 4 and chapter 7 are very essential. Chapter6 can be of help on special demands. In the fie C07-SupportfFles you will find a file with the grabbers: they are a very usefull help in exporting the raw G-code.
(bugger) I just found out attachements are restricted to 1.6 MB, while the file is 142 MB. Does anyone have a suggestion how to make this availlable?

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24 Mar 2022 22:34 #238289 by andypugh
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 Does anyone have a suggestion how to make this availlable?

Using my special powers I know that you have a Gmail account, so perhaps you could share it on your Google Drive?

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25 Mar 2022 07:40 #238309 by robertspark
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add it to GitHub and post a link, everyone gets access to it then

www.cnc-toolkit.com/

doc links seem dead :(

github.com/3DLIRIOUS/cnctoolkit

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25 Mar 2022 18:31 - 25 Mar 2022 18:35 #238355 by CatweazleMagic
Wow, Nice one Andy.
Hope this will work:  drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_-q1KAn6...--acppZv?usp=sharing

Adding it to github is also a good idea. (just one moment to find out how that works).
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