using altium with mach 3

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chrisw1990

Joined Oct 22, 2011
551
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
 

Pencil

Joined Dec 8, 2009
271
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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chrisw1990

Joined Oct 22, 2011
551
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 =[
 

Pencil

Joined Dec 8, 2009
271
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 =[
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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