2 Axis Foam Cutting CNC Controller Software

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28 Apr 2024 17:21 #299262 by bullocks
Hello, I am looking for controller software that will run a 2 axis (horizontal and vertical axes) foam cutting. I see forums like  these  discussing this 2 axis software issue, but no one comes to a concrete solution.
This machine is meant to cut airfoils for formula racecars, so no need for 4 axes.
https://lh7-us.googleusercontent.com/v2mEQDZu6rNEEwdOJjn_bqSS542OCyz9Hb--cdkY-NKJMqVhxI6ZeEZjKNL3_-AGZNIkmkwFVAzFDNMzs8zBoPqbQ6XiDlCgkUH5jxiVCtE_odPuoLfngF4SgqBucfGOXqd4j5oGwJjjcRGlOD77W4bZWQ=s2048

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28 Apr 2024 17:58 #299264 by tommylight
I have several foam cutting machines in daily use for many, many years, controlled by LinuxCNC, so if you are asking
Can LinuxCNC run a 2 axis machine?
Yes it can, from 1 to 9, each can have several joints, and much more if not assigned as axis.
And yes it can run a foam cutting machine, be it 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 axis.
For CAM use Inkscape, it is free and can output gcode directly usable by LinuxCNC. It can not do 4 axis, but does 2 axis easily.

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28 Apr 2024 18:21 #299267 by bullocks
Great, thank you for the info. Can I use solidworks and get the file into Inkscape from there? (Save as a 2D dxf file and import it into Inkscape)

Also is LinuxCNC free?

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28 Apr 2024 20:47 #299273 by tommylight
Yes and yes.
LinuxCNC is an Open Source project, and so is Inkscape.
And i have to ask, why use SolidWorks for 2D?

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28 Apr 2024 22:22 #299276 by bullocks
Got it. Solidworks because we are a racing team that uses it. Once it is in inkscape, do i save it as a DAT file in order to get it to run on the controller software?

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28 Apr 2024 22:24 #299277 by tommylight

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29 Apr 2024 11:18 #299309 by meister
for 2D cam, you can also use this:
github.com/multigcs/viaconstructor

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