using altium with mach 3

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by chrisw1990, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. chrisw1990

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    Oct 22, 2011
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    hi,
    iv been trying to use altium with mach 3, exporting to gerber and dxf and trying to convert to gcode..
    really struggling.. seeing as the cnc machine cost a fair bit i want to get it sorted! any help.. dont know what to explain so ill answer any questions..
    regards
     
  2. Pencil

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    What type of CNC machine is it?

    I assume by "Mach 3" you mean a Mach 3 controller on the
    machine. Is this correct?

    Are you drilling, milling, photoplotting?

    Do you have any previous G-code experience?

    Do you have any other CAD/CAM experience?

    Can you post the code you are trying to run on the machine?

    I am not familiar with Gerber files and professional PCB manufacture, but
    I have been programming G-Code for 20+ years on machining centers (mills)
    in the metalworking industry.
     
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  3. chrisw1990

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    Oct 22, 2011
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    its a cnc 3040 (search ebay) being controlled by mach 3 on pc..
    im drilling and milling..
    no gcode or cam experience, some cad experience.
    the problem is, im trying to run a pcb layout on the machine, i can run solidworks files/ 3d cad files and cut out shapes, just struggling with altium pcb layouts =[
     
  4. chrisw1990

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    yes..? those links dont work?
     
  5. Pencil

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    Are you not able to get a G-code file made or do you have a G-code
    file but cannot get it to run on the machine?

    If it is an Altium problem I'm not sure I can help, but I'll try.
     
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