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FreeMill Fully functional free 3-axis mill CAM software with tool path simulation and G-code generation. It doesn't have a CAD modeler, so you'll have to create that data in some other software. It will open the following file formats - their own commerical product VisualMILL, STL, Rhino .3dm, VRML and raw triangle files.
Created by MecSoft Corp.
Operating System: Windows
PyCAM Free 3-axis CAM software. It does not have a CAD modeler, so 3D models need to be in STL and 2D models in DXF or SVG.
Created by Open source
Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux
HeeksCNC Free CNC mill CAD/CAM. It'a CAM add-on to HeeksCAD, both of which are works in progress.
Created by Dan Heeks
Operating System: Windows, Linux
CncSimple Open source CAD/CAM for generating and editing G-codes for milling and turning. Lacks documentation, you will have to experiment to learn it.
Created by Tenac
Operating System: Windows
SharpCAM 21/2 axis CAM, the demo version is fully functional but does not generate byond the first 100 lines of G-code.
Created by SharpCam Ltd
Operating System: Windows
ProFold Free give-away of CNC turret punch press CADCAM.
Created by Applied Production, Inc.
Operating System: Windows
BobCAD Software for 3,4 and 5-axis milling, lathe programming and wire EDM, with the "Save" crippled.
Created by BobCAD
Operating System: Windows
Powerstation This is a 21/2 axis CAD/CAM software for Mills, Lathes, EDMs and waterjets. The "Save"utility is crippled as also the NC editing function.
Created by Microcimm Corp
Operating System: Windows
EZ-CAM CAD\CAM for milling, turning, EDM, & engraving.
Created by EZ CAM Inc.
Operating System: Windows
VisualMill CAD/CAM software for milling. Very easy to use in a freindly Windows environment with all features functional. The only crippling being done, is on the "Save" being disabled as also the G-code post-processing.
Created by MecSoft Inc
Operating System: Windows
A very easy to use CAD\CAM software for 21/2, 3 - axis milling and turning. The "Save" and post-processing for G-code have been crippled.
Created by EGS Inc.
Operating System: Windows
Cad/Cam program for drawing and producing G-codes for sheet metal parts.
Created by KZX Software
Operating System: Windows
Online tool to build circuit boards, it generates G-Code for CNC.
Created by SimpleGCoder
Operating System: Browser based
CNC Simulation
CNCSimulator 2D and 3D simulation of both turning and milling machines. It has an NC editor and ports for communicating to CNC machines. Although it's completely free software, they require you to download what they call a "petrol file" every couple of months to keep the program working on your computer.
Created by MicroTech
Operating System: Windows
CNC Controls
Mach3 CNC control software to drive a wide variety of machines (upto 6-axes) using a Windows PC. It uses the printer ports of a PC to drive the Step and Direction type of Stepper Motor and Servo Controls. Free version is limited to 500 lines of G-code for milling and plasma, and 50 lines of G-code for turning.
Created by ArtSoft
Operating System: Windows
LinuxCNC Open source CNC control software for machine tools such as milling machines, cutting machines, robots, etc.
Operating System: Linux
Caliper2PC A very clever interface to connect digital calipers to a PC via USB. A digital read out can be made for mills and lathes using the Caliper2PC software. The software is freeware and contains a virtual interface for testing the software's features without the hardware.
Created by Tomer Lanzman
Operating System: Windows
Baldor HPGL Baldor offers a free HPLG plotter cnc with 2.5 axis of control, free open source download in VB6 will convert to vs2008 if workbench 5204 is preloaded in your pc. Just comment out the only error after conversion to 2008 and it runs. Must have a Baldor controller (Nextmove BXII or Nextmove ESBII) to actually run a physical system. or simply connect to the virtual controller.
Created by ABB
Operating System: Windows
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